The encounter with an injured butterfly accompanies a small boy through his entire life.

In a small act of courage and kindness, a boy saves an injured butterfly. The spirit of the ethereal creature – “PSYKHE”, the Greek word for soul – accompanies him throughout his life, through good times and bad, until his story comes full circle when his grandson finds a caterpillar.

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DIRECTOR’S NOTE

The very moment I read the first version of Vera’s ’PSYKHE’ screenplay, my mind started to come up with images for how I wanted to tell this story.

Filming this script, which won an award back in 2015, was not an easy task. It is challenging to give shape to visual ideas that others have already engaged with. How do you tell a story with so much focus on symbolism, a story about a single event, an act of courage, that has repercussions throughout an entire human life?

In talks with our cameraman Alex it quickly emerged that we wanted to give this story a very special visual quality. Every stage of life presented in the film was going to get a specific visual and acoustic vitality. This required a well-rehearsed, synchronized team working together like clockwork, everyone in their individual position: director, writer, producer; production design, camera, sound department and visual effects.

I loved taking on this task as director and to working, again, with a highly motivated and professional team willing to give their all for this project.

Joshua J. Krull
Joshua J. KrullDirector

THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE FILM

THE CAST

Michael Marwitz

Michael Marwitz

Old Man
Sylvia Mayer

Sylvia Mayer

Doctor
Marie Förster

Marie Förster

Adult Daughter
Mick Gabler

Mick Gabler

Boy
Elena Halangk

Elena Halangk

Mother
Benjamin Gillies, Mika Binzen, Frederik Boquoi

Benjamin Gillies, Mika Binzen, Frederik Boquoi

Bullies
Cassidy Rochford

Cassidy Rochford

Girl
Steffen Happel

Steffen Happel

Young Man
Franziska Fockel

Franziska Fockel

Young Woman
Johanna Roß

Johanna Roß

Little Daughter
Noah Vogt

Noah Vogt

Grandson

THE CREW

Joshua J. Krull

Joshua J. Krull

Director, Co-Producer
Vera Mark

Vera Mark

Writer
Victor Schwarz

Victor Schwarz

Producer
Michael Stadler

Michael Stadler

Editor, Co-Producer
Alexander Kohn

Alexander Kohn

Director of Photography
Yannik Heß

Yannik Heß

Visual Effects Supervisor
Georg Mausolf

Georg Mausolf

Composer
Ingolf-Christopher Facius

Ingolf-Christopher Facius

Supervising Sound Editor, Re-recording Mixer
Zoë Gillies

Zoë Gillies

Production Designer

FUN FACTS

Our shoot

was planned as a pure summer shoot ...

... thanks to the weather

it turned to be a rainy hell.
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The original script only counted 1.5 pages
Raw footage shot: 11264 GB

Once we re-planned for rain ...

... the sun started to shine

 

and firefighters had to come in to get everything wet again.

PSYKHE is a film of firsts.

  • PSYKHE is the first Dolby Cinema short film worldwide.

  • PSYKHE is the first graduation film to be certified as CO2- neutral by Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig- Holstein.

  • PSYKHE is the first student production ever to be shot on the ARRI Alexa 65.

  • PSYKHE is the first short film to meet all technical requirements for a Netflix original.

  • PSYKHE is the graduation film of Georg Mausolf (B.F.A. Sound), Ingolf- Christopher Facius (B.F.A. Sound) and Victor Schwarz (M.A. Film- & TV Production) at Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf.
  • The score was recorded with the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg and was the first time for composer Georg Mausolf to record an entire score with an orchestra.

OUR PARTNERS

Psykhe 

A huge shout-out to everyone who helped us on this project!

Without your help before, during and after production of the film we would never have been able to pull this off!

THANK YOU! 🧡

CONTACT US

Email us at info@psykhe-film.com