A Film by Sonja Heiss. "When will it be again like it never was before" celebrated its world premiere in The Generation 14plus competition of The Berlin International Film Festival 2023

Year  2023

Length: 116 min

Format:   1:2.39

Country of production  GER, BEL

Intro | Synopsis

Growing up on the premises of a major psychiatric clinic is… different. For Joachim, clinic director Meyerhoff’s youngest son, the inmates are almost part of his family. They’re much nicer to him than his older brothers, after all, who drive him up the wall. His mother paints watercolors and longs for balmy Roman evenings rather than dreary German rain, while his father goes his own way, secretly, but not secretly enough.
As he grows up, Joachim finds his first great love among his father’s patients, loses a brother, moves to the USA and finally returns to his extraordinary family. Based on the autobiographical novel by Joachim Meyerhoff, this incredibly funny and moving film deals with how hard it is to be a family.


A Komplizen Film (Germany) and Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany production in co-production with Frakas Productions (Belgium), funded by German Federal Film Fund, Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Moin Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Film- Und Medienstiftung Nrw, Tax Shelter Du Gouvernement Fédéral Belge, Belga Films Fund.


Richard Meyerhoff

Devid Striesow

Iris Meyerhoff

Laura Tonke

Joachim Meyerhoff, 7 Years

Camille Loup Moltzen

Joachim Meyerhoff, 14 Years

Arsseni Bultmann

Joachim Meyerhoff, 25 Years

Merlin Rose

Philipp Meyerhoff, 18 Years

Casper von Bülow

Marlene, 14 Years

Pola Geiger


Axel Milberg


Directed by

Sonja Heiss


Sonja Heiss, Lars Hubrich

Based on the novel by

Joachim Meyerhoff

Director of Photography

Manu Dacosse (SBC)


Julia Karg (BFS)

Production Design

Erwin Prib

Costume Design

Katrin Unterberger

Make Up

Astrid Weber

Hannah Fischleder


Nina Haun

Childrens‘ Casting

Jacqueline Rietz


Adrian Baumeister

Original Sound

Andreas Prescher

Sound Design

Daniel Iribarren

Original Music

Dickon Hinchliffe

Line Producing

Janina Schafft

Ulli Neumann

Executive Producer

Ben von Dobeneck


Jean-Yves Roubin, Cassandre Warnauts (Frakas Productions)


Janine Jackowski, Jonas Dornbach, Maren Ade (Komplizen Film)

Hannes Heyelmann, Magdalena Prosteder (Warner Bros.)


German Film Prize 2023

Nomination for Best Film and Best Director


73rd Berlin International Film Festival

Generation 14Plus


Beta Cinema

Deutscher Verleih
Warner Bros. Distribution

Deutscher Pressekontakt
Via Berlin
Petra Meyer