Private Project

WHY? You can be the next one!

The film “WHY? You can be the next one!” is about the terrible experiences of the student Jan Herzog during his graduation year. He is experiencing a martyrdom of bullying, dissing, coercion, ignorance, extreme violence and sexual dominated power games. These perfidious events have made him go beyond despair and let him fall into an abyss of hopelessness throughout history.

The story is based on real events and, despite the fictional narrative, is to be regarded as an absolutely realistic event. A film with a very socially critical background; startling, shocking and scary at the same time.

  • Thorsten Kramer
    Director
    Ein Traum für Zwei (A Dream for Two)
  • Thorsten Kramer
    Writer
    Ein Traum für Zwei (A Dream for Two)
  • Thorsten Kramer
    Producer
    Ein Traum für Zwei (A Dream for Two)
  • Thorsten Kramer
    Key Cast
    "Jan Herzog"
  • Julia Domke
    Key Cast
    "Eliane Maibach"
  • Tim Schneider
    Key Cast
    "Till Schulte"
  • Alan Lasgi
    Key Cast
    "Fabian Grothe"
  • Mehmet Daloglu
    Key Cast
    "Mehmet Breiter"
  • Margitta-Janine Lippok
    Key Cast
    "Ariane Herzog"
  • Erhan Erdogan
    Key Cast
    "Walter Herzog"
  • Stefàn Dellwo van Cassenberg
    Key Cast
    "Mathelehrer Herr Stricker"
  • Roland Kalweit
    Key Cast
    "Direktor Norbert Ernst"
  • Marc Weinmann
    Key Cast
    "Simon"
  • Gerhard Kramer
    Key Cast
    "Kriminalkommissar Polasky"
  • Bernd Capitain
    Key Cast
    "Polizeipsychologe Werner Kling"
  • Danny Mendes
    Key Cast
    "Marianne Degen"
  • Matthias Schmidt
    Key Cast
    "Dirk Geissler"
  • Kübra Keskin
    Key Cast
    "Nina Schütte"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    WARUM? Es kann jeden treffen!
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 22 minutes 56 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 28, 2020
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Germany
  • Language:
    German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital CinemaDNG RAW 4.6k
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • New York Film Awards 2020
    New York
    United States
    Winner BEST DRAMA
  • Los Angeles Film Awards 2020
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Semi-Finalist
  • Festigious Los Angeles 2020
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Official Selection
  • Los Angeles Film Awards 2020
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Winner Best Song
  • Festigious International Film Festival Los Angeles 2020
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Winner Best Drama
  • Festigious International Film Festival Los Angeles 2020
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Winner Best Music Video
  • Filmcon Awards By Filmmakers Connect 2020
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Winner Best Narrative Feature
  • Actors Awards Los Angeles 2020
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Nominated Best Actor
  • Actors Awards Los Angeles 2020
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Winner BEST ACTOR
  • Actors Awards Los Angeles 2020
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Winner BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA
  • Hollywood Blood Horror Festival 2020
    Hollywood, LA
    United States
    Winner BEST DRAMA
  • Vegas Movie Awards 2020
    Las Vegas
    United States
    Winner Best Drama Award of Prestige
  • Oniros Film Awards 2020
    Italy
    Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    Winner Best Drama
  • Oniros Film Awards 2020
    Italy
    Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    Winner Best Indie Feature
  • New York International Film Awards 2020
    New York
    United States
    Winner Best Indie Feature
  • Madras Independent Film Festival 2020
    Madras
    India
    Winner Best Director
  • Madras Independent Film Festival 2020
    Madras
    India
    Winner Best Actor
  • Madras Independent Film Festival 2020
    Madras
    India
    Winner Best Cinematography
  • Madras Independent Film Festival 2020
    Madras
    India
    Winner Best Colorist
  • Rome International Movie Awards 2020
    Rome
    Italy
    Winner Best Actor
  • Rome International Movie Awards 2020
    Rome
    Italy
    Winner Best Actress
  • Rome International Movie Awards 2020
    Rome
    Italy
    Winner Best Music Video
  • BIMIFF - Brazil International Monthly Independent Film Festival
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    Winner Best Actor of Feature Film
  • LA Sun Film Fest 2020
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Winner Best Indie Film
  • LA Sun Film Fest 2020
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Winner Best Producer
  • Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift 2020
    Toronto
    Canada
    Winner Best Actor in Feature Film
  • Foreman Empire Productions International Film Festival 2021
    Atlanta
    United States
    Winner Best International Motion Picture
  • Foreman Empire Productions International Film Festival 2021
    Atlanta
    United States
    Winner Best Mystery / Crime
  • GIMFA - Gralha International Monthly Film Awards 2021
    Curitiba
    Brazil
    Winner Best Feature Film
  • GIMFA - Gralha International Monthly Film Awards 2021
    Curitiba
    Brazil
    Winner Best Costume Design
  • GIMFA - Gralha International Monthly Film Awards 2021
    Curitiba
    Brazil
    Winner Best Soundtrack
  • GIMFA - Gralha International Monthly Film Awards 2021
    Curitiba
    Brazil
    Winner Best Actor Thorsten Kramer
  • Accord Cine Fest 2021

    India
    Winner Best Drama Feature
  • Accord Cine Fest 2021

    India
    Winner Best Actor Feature Thorsten Kramer
  • V.i.Z. Film Fest 2021

    Ukraine
    Winner Best Feature Film Actor Thorsten Kramer
  • Cannes World Film Festival 2021
    Cannes
    France
    Winner Best Actor in a Feature Film Thorsten Kramer
  • Global Monthly Online Film Competition 2021

    India
    Winner Best Director Feature
  • Global Monthly Online Film Competition 2021

    India
    Winner Best Actor Feature Thorsten Kramer
  • Global Monthly Online Film Competition 2021

    India
    Winner Best Editor Feature
  • T.I.F.A – Tietê International Film Awards 2021

    Brazil
    Winner BRONZE TILAPIA AWARD of Social Awareness
  • Onyko Films Awards 2021
    Odesa
    Ukraine
    Winner Best Drama Feature Film
  • OTB | Only The Best Film Awards 2021
    Miami, Florida
    United States
    Winner Only The Best Actor Thorsten Kramer
  • Independent Awards 2021

    Winner Best Foreign Language Feature
  • Independent Awards 2021

    Winner Best Actor Thorsten Kramer
  • MOC Masters of Cinema - International Festival 2022
    Moscow
    Russian Federation
    Winner Best Actor Thorsten Kramer
  • MGA - Moscow Gold Awards 2022
    Moscow
    Russian Federation
    Winner Best Cinematography
  • GLIFF - Golden Lemur 2022
    Lisabon
    Portugal
    Winner Best Drama
  • GLIFF - Golden Lemur 2022
    Lisabon
    Portugal
    Winner Best Actor Thorsten Kramer
  • Hollywood on the Tiber Film Awards 2022
    Rom
    Italy
    Winner Best Indie Feature Film
  • Cannes World Film Festival 2022
    Cannes
    Italy
    Annual Grand Winner Best Actor In A Feature Film Thorsten Kramer
  • Madrid International Movie Awards 2022
    Madrid
    Spain
    Winner Best Feature
  • Madrid International Movie Awards 2022
    Madrid
    Spain
    Winner Best Actor Thorsten Kramer
  • Madrid International Movie Awards 2022
    Madrid
    Spain
    Winner Best Actress Julia Domke
  • Madrid International Movie Awards 2022
    Madrid
    Spain
    Winner Best Supporting Actor Tim Schneider
  • Madrid International Movie Awards 2022
    Madrid
    Spain
    Winner Best Supporting Actress Margitta-Janine Lippok
  • Hollywood BLVD Film Festival 2022
    Hollywood, LA
    United States
    Winner Best Feature Drama
  • Hollywood BLVD Film Festival 2022
    Hollywood, LA
    United States
    Winner Best Actor Thorsten Kramer
  • New Creators Film Awards 2022
    Paris
    France
    Winner Best Drama Film
  • Arrow International Film Festival 2022
    Paris
    France
    Winner Best Education Film
  • Hollywood Academy Film Awards 2023
    Hollywood, LA
    United States
    Winner Best Drama Feature Film
  • Hollywood Academy Film Awards 2023
    Hollywood, LA
    United States
    Winner Best Actor Feature Film
Distribution Information
  • Amazon Prime Video
    Distributor
    Country: Germany
    Country: United States
    Country: United Kingdom
  • Vegas Movie Awards Virtual Cinema Screening
    Distributor
    Country: United States
Director Biography - Thorsten Kramer

Thorsten Kramer was born on May 15th, 1980 in Dortmund. He studied acting for 3 years and took additional modules for director and assistant director. Based on this, he completed further training in the field of "cameraacting for professionals" at the "mfa - mallorca film academy" (today: münchen film academy). Then he played in various roles for series such as "The Country Doctor" (ZDF), "Family Dr. Kleist ”(ARD) and one of the most well-known police call 110 episodes “Death in the Ball House" (all with star cast). With his debut cinema short film "A Dream for Two" he made the leap across the pond in 2012 with a placement as a finalist at "Hollywood’s international Feel Good Film Festival", whose world premiere took place in front of a sold-out house. A short time later, the "independent film production Sartorius-FILM", which has meanwhile won several awards, was founded with the aim of realizing both own film projects and commissioned projects. The following applies: with vision, creativity, courage and commitment to success. With this he produced the anti-bullying-drama "WHY? You can be the next one!" in 2019, which has since developed into one of the most award-winning independent productions in Germany.

Thorsten Kramer erblickte am 15.05.1980 in Dortmund das Licht der Welt. Er studierte 3 Jahre Schauspiel und belegte parallel zusätzliche Module für Regie und Regieassistenz. Aufbauend hierauf absolvierte er an der "mfa – mallorca film academy" (heute: münchen film academy) eine Fortbildung im Bereich "Cameraacting für Profis". Daraufhin spielte er in verschiedenen Rollen für Serien wie "Der Landarzt" (ZDF), "Familie Dr. Kleist" (ARD) und einer der wohl bekanntesten Polizeiruf 110-Folgen "Tod im Ballhaus" (durchweg mit Starbesetzung). Mit seinem Debütkinokurzfilm "Ein Traum für Zwei" gelang ihm dann 2012 der Sprung über den großen Teich mit einer Platzierung als Finalist bei "Hollywood’s international Feel Good Filmfestival", dessen Weltpremiere vor ausverkauftem Hause stattfand. Kurze Zeit später folgte die Gründung der inzwischen mehrfach preisgekrönten "independent Filmproduktion Sartorius-FILM" mit dem Ziel, sowohl eigene Filmprojekte wie auch Auftragsprojekte zu realisieren. Hierbei gilt: mit Visionen, Kreativität, Mut und Engagement zum Erfolg. Hiermit produzierte er 2019 das Anti-Mobbing-Drama "WARUM? Es kann jeden treffen!", welches sich inzwischen zu einer der meist preisgekröntesten independent Produktionen Deutschlands entwickelt hat.

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Director Statement

With our new anti-bullying-drama "WHY? You can be the next one!", we can set an example together: against bullying, against dissing, against extreme violence, against hatred and against prejudice. Because we are only strong together.

Mit unserem neuen Anti-Mobbing-Drama "WARUM? Es kann jeden treffen!" können wir gemeinsam ein Zeichen setzen: gegen Mobbing, gegen Dissing, gegen extreme Gewalt, gegen Hass und gegen Vorurteile. Denn nur gemeinsam sind wir stark.