East Germany. Barbara has requested a departure permit. It is the summer of 1978. She is a physician and is transferred, for disciplinary reasons, to a small hospital far away from everything in a provincial backwater. Her lover, a foreign trade employee at Mannesmann that she met on a spring night in East Berlin, is working on her escape. She does not care about anything around her: the patients, her colleagues, the neighbours, the summer and the countryside. There is nothing holding her here anymore. Barbara is cold, within herself, withdrawing from everyone and everything around her. That summer, her existence is disturbed. She meets a physician, André, who was also transferred for disciplinary reasons. André confuses Barbara. Did they put him on to her? Or has he fallen in love with her? Barbara loses control - of herself, of love, of her live.
Screenplay: Christian Petzold
Cinematography: Hans Fromm
Editing: Bettina Böhler
Music: Stefan Will
Art direction: Stefan Will
Costumes: Anette Guther
Cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Mark Waschke, Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Jannik Schümann, Christina Hecke Producer: Michael Weber, Florian Koerner von Gustorf
Production: Schramm Film Koerner & Weber, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)
Backing: Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM - Kulturelle Filmförderung des Bundes, Filmförderungsanstalt, Deutscher Filmförderfonds
Sales agent: The Match Factory
Distributor: Piffl Medien Filmverleih, Stadtkino Filmverleih, Pyramide Distribution, A-Film België NV, Look Now!