About Living in Brandenburg” (German original title: “├ťberLeben in Brandenburg“) by Zoltan Paul and Ben von Grafenstein tells the story of a discarded “best-ager director” who tries to prevent a right-wing mayor in his village of 120 souls. Topical, meaningful, hilarious! The film will be released by UCM.ONE via the Artkeim┬▓ label in German and Austrian cinemas on 11 April 2024 and will be presented to international partners via UCM.ONE‘s world sales team during the EFM (European Film Market) in February 2024.


Laszlo Kovac, auteur filmmaker, is denied funding for his film project. Too old, white and heart problems! Conclusion: no longer employable. Didn’t the Hungarian from Lake Balaton once want to aim high? What now? Continue to be on his successful wife’s back? Laszlo slips into a real life crisis and initially finds solace in the fascinating attraction of a “crazy woman” from the neighbouring village. But when a right-wing populist stands as the only candidate for mayor in the village of 120 souls, Laszlo comes to his senses. In order to “prevent the right-wing idiot”, he puts himself forward as a liberal counter-candidate.

The only question that remains is whether Laszlo’s marriage and he himself will survive the village election campaign?

Director’s note by Ben von Grafenstein

“About Living in Brandenburg is a comedy about getting older, the trials and tribulations of the post-midlife crisis, a film with a highly topical reference to the political situation in Germany and Europe. About Living in Brandenburg addresses the dangerous rise of right-wing populism in rural areas. Despite the important social and political background, it was important to us, the makers, to give the story an entertaining and light touch with a feel-good rhythm. The film draws its comedic power primarily from Zoltan Paul’s self-ironic and unsparing portrayal and his honest and courageous approach to his own story.

Unfortunately, there is something very sad about the film’s genesis.

Zoltan and I lived on the same lake in Brandenburg, just a few rowing strokes away from each other. We spent almost every weekend there with friends. We drank, argued, had inspiring and less inspiring (film) conversations – a bit like in the film. A few years ago, Zoltan asked me if I would like to work with him on his last film before he retired. I was involved in film projects myself and had to cancel. Then Zoltan died suddenly and we were all shocked. The main shooting had been completed, but the unfinished, not yet functioning film lay idle. After a long struggle, I decided to take over the baton, the directing. With the support and trust of producer Tina Hegewisch, Vincent TV, Jan Kerhart and Sandra Maischberger, the film was edited, reshot a little and finally brought to life. About Living in Brandenburg is a film about life and survival. A political, entertaining, feel-good film, a film about Zoltan Paul: a humorous bon vivant, a colleague – a loyal friend.”

About Living in Brandenburg | Trailer (German) ᴴᴰ

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More information about the film label: Darling Berlin