ONE BREATH is the story of two women from different backgrounds but with the same desire: happiness. Elena, young, well-educated and with no perspective in her home-country Greece is trying to pursue a better life, away from her family and country. And Tessa, a thirtysomething mother and successful manager in Germany, married, is torn between happiness as an individual and a mother. These two women meet and their encounter changes both their lives forever.

Due to the financial crisis in Greece, Elena decides to move to Frankfurt. She has become pregnant by her Greek boyfriend. In order to abort her child, she needs money which is why she takes a job working as a nanny for Tessa and Jan. Despite a few struggles with 1½ year-old Lotte at first, Elena starts enjoying the time with the little girl and makes friends with Tessa. In a careless moment, she loses Lotte and escapes from her responsibility and her conscience. Out of a powerless feeling, blind with grief and hatred, Tessa follows Elena to Athens. In Greece, she gets pushed to her limits of humanity and sanity. One breath decides on her ability to forgive herself and Elena.

  • Director

    Christian Zübert

  • Version

    German / English / Greek (OV)
    with English subtitles

  • Produced by

    Ulf Israel, Costas Labropoulos
    (Senator Film München GmbH)

  • Cast

    Jördis Triebel, Chara Mata Giannatou, Benjamin Sadler

  • Genre

    Drama, Thriller

  • Running Time

    96 min.

  • Release

    January 28, 2016

  • Festivals

    Toronto International Film Festival 2015 | Internationalen Hofer Filmtage 2015 (opening night film) | Thessaloniki FF 2015, Stockholm FF 2015 | Tallinn Black Night FF 2015 | Gijon International Film Festival 2015 (closing night film) | Miami IFF | Festival of German Films New York | Newport Beach FF | Jeonju IFF | GI Vietnam | Face to Face with GF in London

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credits not contractual