Vier Minuten



For more than 60 years, pianist Traude Krüger has been teaching the piano to inmates at a women's prison. And yet, she never encountered anyone like her new pupil Jenny. Now a withdrawn, extremely violent convicted murderer, Jenny used to be a musical prodigy in her childhood. Traude senses that the girl could be capable of winning a renowned public music competition, which Jenny is allowed to participate in despite her inmate status. As they prepare for the big day of Jenny's piano performance, the two very contradictory characters clash with each other time and again. Traude's Prussian stiffness and Jenny's youthful energy turn their musical endeavors into duel of life and love. In a breathtaking finale, Jenny has only four minutes left to do something that no one.not even Traude, would have expected.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Chris Kraus

Written by: Chris Kraus

Sound Design: Annette Focks, Jörg Höhne, Robin Pohle, Andreas Ruft

Actor: Hannah Herzsprung, Sven Pippig, Richy Müller, Jasmin Tabatabai, Moritz Bleibtreu

Nominations and Awards

  • European Film Academy Prix d'Excellence 2007
  • Feature Film Selection 2007