A feature film by Timm Kröger
DE/AT/CH, 118 min

1962. A physics congress in Switzerland. An Iranian guest. A mysterious pianist. A bizarre cloud formation in the sky and a booming secret under the mountain. The theory of everything. A quantum mechanical thriller in black and white.


World Sales: Charades
Distributor AT: Stadtkino Filmverleih
Distributor DE: Neue Visionen
Distributor CH: Filmcoopi Zürich
Distributor IT: Intramovies 
Distributor ES: La Aventura
Distribution GR: Weird Wave 
Distributor YU: Megacom 


Österreichisches Filminstitut, FISA, Filmfonds Wien, Land Niederösterreich, ORF Film/Fernsehabkommen, CineTirol, BKM (DE), MDM (DE), MBB (DE), DFFF (DE), ZDF/ARTE (DE), BAK (CH), Züricher Filmstiftung (CH), SRG (CH)


Biennale Cinema 2023
Bisato D’Oro, Best Feature Film

L'Étrange 2023
Grand Prix Nouveau Genre Canal+, Best Feature Film
Prix du public, Publikumspreis

Filmkunstmesse Leipzig 2023
Gilde-Filmpreis, Bester Deutscher Film

Sitges Film Festival 2023
José Luis Guarner Critic´s AwardBest Motion Picture

Athens International Film Festival 2023
Special Mention

Les Utopiales, Festival international de Science-Fiction 2023
Prix du Jury Festival Les Utopiales, 


Cast: Jan Bülow, Olivia Ross, Hanns Zischler, Gottfried Breitfuß, David Bennent, Philippe Graber

Script: Roderick Warich, Timm Kröger
Director of Photography: Roland Stuprich
Production Design: Cosima Vellenzer
Costume Design: Pola Kardum
Hair & Make-up: Virginie Thomann, Kiky von Rebental
Sound Recordist: Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer
Casting: Ulrike Müller
Editor: Jann Anderegg
Original Music: Diego Ramos Rodríguez
Additional Music: David Schweighart
Artistic Assistant: Sandra Wollner
Director: Timm Kröger

Producers DE: Heino Deckert, Viktoria Stolpe, Timm Kröger,
Tina Börner
Producers AT: Lixi Frank, David Bohun
Producers CH: Sarah Born, Rajko Jazbec, Dario Schoch


Venice Film Festival
L´Etrange Festival
Grand Prix Nouveau Genre Canal
Chicago International Film Festival
Filmkunstmesse Leipzig
Filmfest Köln
Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival
Athens International Film Festival 


«[...] Timm Kröger‘s superbly crafted "The Universal Theory" an [...] enjoyable metaphysical thriller that delivers pastiche so meticulous it becomes its own source of supremely cinematic pleasure.» Jessica Kiang, VARIETY (Review: A Sumptuous Homage to Hitchcock Packaged as a Metaphysical Noir)

«[...] the obsession with perfect images makes "The Universal Theory" one of the most visually successful films of the festival so far.» Susan Vahabzadeh, SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG (Review: In tausend Leben verloren)

«Kröger does not quote cinema history, he uses it like a keyboard, on which he creates moods, atmospheres, emotional states – and releases them with specially composed melodramatic orchestral sounds.» Katja Nicodemus, ZEIT ONLINE (Review: Hier ist noch immer alles möglich!)

«Timm Kröger’s "The Universal Theory" opens up new dimensions for German cinema.» Bert Rebhandl, FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG (Review: Lauter letzte Dinge)

«A film experience that is made for the cinema.» Jakob Dibold, FAQ MAGAZINE (Review: FAQ — FILM #72)

«Today's inside tip is tomorrow's cult film.» Hans Langsteiner,
RAY FILMMAGAZIN (Review: Quantenphysik auf dem Zauberberg)


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