Experiencing Interruptions?

If you want peace

Johannes Lukas is a young man who despite his 30 years has not yet achieved much in life. On day, he only wants to bring a few books to his mother, who is living in an old people's home, when he discovers a forgotten film in a drawer in her apartment. To make her happy, he has the film developed. In the photos, however, he does not discover his mother, but himself, accompanied by a beautiful woman whom he cannot remember. He finds out that it is his girlfriend Sarah Völkl who died in a car accident in which he lost his memory. He is still trying to process what he has learned when he suddenly meets Sarah Völkl on the street.

"If you want Peace" is a psychodrama that follows the constant inner decay of Johannes Lukas. It accompanies him on his desperate search for the truth and leaves the audience in the dark as well as his protagonists, so that until the end it's not clear who is the good guy and who is the bad guy, and if there is such a thing as good and evil in real life at all.

  • Daniel Alvarenga
  • Daniel Alvarenga
  • Daniel Alvarenga
  • Oliver Troska
    Key Cast
    "Johannes Lukas"
  • Isabelle Reißberg
    Key Cast
    "Sarah Völkl"
  • Christian Stock
    Key Cast
    "Dr. Oliver Arnstedt"
  • Reiner Wagner
    Key Cast
  • Julia Gruber
    Key Cast
    "Nathalie Schütz"
  • Julia Domke
    Key Cast
  • Toni Steger
    Key Cast
  • Lars Smekal
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Wer Frieden sucht
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    1 hour 40 minutes 2 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 EUR
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Director Biography - Daniel Alvarenga

After his highly acclaimed debut work, the short film trilogy GEISTER (including International Short Film Week Regensburg, push-Festival, INDIGO Filmfest), Daniel Alvarenga dared to realize a feature-length film with Wer Frieden sucht, completely independently and self-financed. His perfectly coordinated crew made it possible for him to stage an atmospherically dense psychodrama on only 10 shooting days at original locations. The declared goal was to make a feature film that didn't show its small budget. No savings were made anywhere, neither at the technique, nor at the actors, nor at the production. A year's planning in advance and precisely structured shooting schedules made the almost impossible possible, with a fraction of the cost and time, to shoot a film that hopefully doesn't need to hide behind large productions.

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