To Cut A Long Story Short

A shy brunette meets the charismatic macho who tries to lure her out of the net of insecurity.
Two redheads meet on the dance floor and speak like they came from one voice.
And in the end there is the night porter secretly dancing in the hotel's toilet. He obviously has a crush on the pretty waitress from the diner around the corner. Suddenly, while he is gazing her over the covers of his Camus book, the stranger appears and everything takes a different direction ...

  • Minh Anh Nguyen
  • Minh Anh Nguyen
  • Kevin Beckmann
  • Nick Pasveer
    Key Cast
  • Hannah Bröder
    Key Cast
  • Norhild Reinicke
    Key Cast
  • Finnegan Godenschweger
    Key Cast
  • Oscar Bloch
    Key Cast
  • Jana Trampert
    Key Cast
  • Thorsten Rodenberg
    Key Cast
    "Mann / Andere"
  • Irina Maier
    Key Cast
  • Joshua Ripplinger
    Director of Photography
  • Eric Wehner
  • Jette Schwabe
    Art Direction
  • Lina Determann
    Art Direction
  • Kathrin Beckers
    Art Direction
  • Jonas Rehren
    Assistant Director
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Student
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 10 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    France, Germany, Spain
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe / University of Art and Design Karlsruhe
Director Biography - Minh Anh Nguyen


Minh Anh Nguyen was born in 1997 in a small town in Lower Saxony, Germany. After turning 18 she quit painting and began to dedicate herself to Video Art and Experimental Motion Picture. She visited the class of John Bock at the College of Art in Karlsruhe for four semesters and began her studies at the University of Art and Design in Karlsruhe in 2018. She learned primarily under the influences of Răzvan Rădulescu, Fred Kelemen and Christine Reeh-Peters.

2014 - 2016 Temporary assistant at Kunsthalle Lingen (Ems)
2015 - 2016 Volunteer social year at Painting School of Kunsthalle Emden
2016 - 2018 Studies of Art at Kunstakademie Karlsruhe by Professor John Bock
2017 Art Department assistant for the series „Labaule & Erben“ (prod. SWR/ARD)
Since 2018 Studies of Media Art - Film at Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe


„Kräfte“ (Short Film, 2021, Drama, 13 Minutes)
„To Cut A Long Story Short“ (Feature Film, 2021, Tragedy, 71 Minutes)
„Eleos+Phobos“ (Short Film, 2020, Comedy, 2 Minutes)
„We stole an ID to buy cigarettes“ (Short Film, 2019, Drama, 40 Minutes)
„I spiced it up with a little bit of Vanilla“ (Short Film, 2018, Drama, 20 Minutes)
„Sweet jeans are made of steel“ (Video Art, 2017, 15 Minutes)
„Dissociation“ (Video Art, 2016, 9 Minutes)
„Desire“ (Video Art, 2015, 7 Minutes)

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