by Alex Schmidt

During a vacation on an island two friends from childhood are haunted by the ghosts of their past.

During their childhood Hanna and Clarissa were the best of friends. They spent every vacation together with their parents in an old summer house on a small island. Shortly after Hanna's 9th birthday they suddenly lost touch until an unexpected reunion 25 years later. Hanna (34) is now married, has a seven-year-old daughter and is the chief resident physician at a hospital, which is where she meets her old friend who is delivered to the ER after overdosing on sleeping pills. The two women pick up their friendship where they left off and spontaneously decide to spend a few days on the island, just like in the old days. With Hanna's daughter Lea in tow they return to the place where they spent their childhood. When Hanna learns that Maria, a playmate of hers from the island's village, disappeared as a child and was never seen or heard from again, she begins to search the past. Something horrible must have happened on the island back then. But the closer Hanna gets to the dark secret, the tighter the noose around the women becomes, the greater the menace. The truth that comes to light is much more terrible and horrific than Hanna ever could have imagined.

Genre / Language / Length
Thriller / German / 102 minutes
Original title
directed by
Alex Schmidt
produced by
Wüste Film Ost OHG in co-production with Wüste Film GmbH, Magnolia Filmproduktion and ZDF - Das kleine Fernsehspiel/Katharina Dufner
  • Mina Tander
  • Laura de Boer
  • Katharina Thalbach (THE TIN DRUM)
  • Max Riemelt (THE WAVE)
  • Clemens Schick (JAMES BOND 007 - CASINO ROYALE)

Press Quotes

“Stylish and atmospheric, this is entertainingly old-school horror…”
The Hollywood Reporter

“It is driven by a strong performance by Mina Tander and a rich and chilling atmosphere that will see it being appreciated by genre fans.”
Screen International

“A nicely creepy horror tale, made with a great deal of style and appreciation of the genre, Forgotten has a nice old-fashioned
in a good way

feel to it, and with genre films such strong performers at the box office could well appeal to savvy distributors and genre festivals.”
Screen International