Experiencing Interruptions?


The night is quiet in a former mall, when Zahra is turning her usual rounds. Every single room is quiet, no one other than the young night watchwoman herself is roaming the hallways – until a movement catches her glimpse. Far away a stranger, Adrian, is prowling around, dancing and running as if he were supposed to be there. Time freezes while both Adrian and Zahra are on their own but together, until Adrian has reached the end of his final performance. He steps over the railing, while Zahra oversteps the line that separated their lives and picks up the one thing he left behind: his notebook.
Not sure if it had been lying there to be found or forgotten, Zahra hides the notebook, just to dive deep into the world of a stranger. She follows the traces and clues, steps into Adrian’s pathway, just to feel more of this person and less of her own pain.

  • Elena Pilar Nyffeler
  • Julia Dorit Mergel
  • Lea Liya Wang
  • Lisa Hofer
    Key Cast
  • Sebastian Doppelbauer
    Key Cast
  • Maximilian Hock
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Kreuzende Linien
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    27 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 16, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    35,000 EUR
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Hamburg Media School
  • Filmfestival Landshut
    March 24, 2023
    German Premiere
    German-Swiss-Austrian Competition
Director Biography - Elena Pilar Nyffeler

Elena Pilar Nyffeler is a Swiss American director and actor. Born in Boston MA USA and raised in Zurich. Nyffeler worked in Theater for several years after graduating from drama school at HFS Ernst Busch in Berlin in 2013. In 2022 she completed a master degree in film directing at Hamburg Media School.

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Director Statement

In 2018, someone close to me took their own life. The search for clues as to why this has happened has shaped and informed this film. A suicide leaves unanswered questions; those affected search for answers from various perspectives. The person who could answer these questions has eluded us, is no more, and we are left alone with our thoughts and figments based on memorys and things left behind. Linecrosser follows Zarah's perspective, accompanying her in the process of overcoming her trauma. Zarah pursues a phantom from whose traces no human being can be reconstructed.