During a school trip to Lisbon Sophie and Anna escape from the hostel and join a group of young homeless criminals who are robbing tourists to survive but forget that ultimate freedom has its price.

  • David Helmut
    Writer / Director
  • Billy Gropper
    Director of Photography
  • Titus Kraus
  • Carolina Carvalhais
  • David Helmut
  • Vanessa Loibl
    Key Cast
  • Jeanne Goursaud
    Key Cast
  • Nicolas Fethi Türksever
    Key Cast
  • Bela Gabor Lenz
    Key Cast
  • Joel Williams
    Key Cast
  • ClaudiaGladziejewski
    Commissioning Editor
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, Coming of age, Roadmovie
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 31, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 EUR
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  • Language:
    English, German, Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, Full HD
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Director Biography

David was born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan and raised in Germany.

Since he stole his parents' first camcorder in '95 he tirelessly improved his way of capturing stories.

In 2012 David enrolled at the macromedia university of applied sciences to study camera and directing. During his studies in Munich he made several tv commercials, music videos and short films and won some prestigious awards for his works. His speciality are strong emotional images, storytelling, beauty and humor. David speaks German, Russian and English fluently and is based in Munich, Germany.

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Director Statement

We had only seven shooting days in Portugal, almost no budget, our own camera equipment and a small crew, which wasn't paid at all. The rest I paid from my own pocket. And yet it was the best project and one of the most emotional experiences in my life so far.

I was very lucky to find the perfect cast for my story. We finished the script within three months, and started the preproduction immediately because we don't wanted to shoot during the hot summer season in Portugal, which probably would have been kill us.

Believe it or not but I've met my main cast the first time on the first day of shooting in Portugal. We only had a few phone calls before. The less I could believe it as everyone not only fitted perfectly into his role but also brought something of his real character into the story.

The small crew, consisting of seven people and the cast fused together to a big laughing and singing gipsy family during the shooting period. We drove down the coast shooting also spontaneously on random spots. You're instructed on very relaxed and flexible cast and crew to work like this and thats where I think the magic started.

That feeling, working for 20 hours a day and still feel some kind of a happiness deep inside of you while forgetting the meaning of "work". If you are close to tears when you finished shooting and have to say goodbuy to everybody, then you know, you're doing something right. Regardless of what comes out at the end.