Human Factors

At the advertising agency they co-own, French-German couple Nina and Jan have signed a new politically charged client, forcing them to confront their clashing priorities. To escape mounting tensions at work, they whisk their kids, Max and Emma, away to their seaside vacation home. But what’s meant to be an idyllic off-season retreat turns sinister when a mysterious home invasion sets everything off balance. Though at first the aftermath brings the family closer, as they try to put the incident into perspective, their accounts of what took place begin to unravel alongside the couple’s faith in each other.

        

2021 – Germany, Italy, Denmark

Directed by: Ronny Trocker
Written by: Ronny Trocker
Cinematography by: Klemens Hufnagl
Edited by: Julia Drack
Cast: Sabine Timoteo, Mark Waschke, Jule Hermann, Wanja Valentin Kube, Daniel Séjourné, Hannes Perkmann
Producers: Susanne Mann, Paul Zischler, Martin Rehbock
Co-producers: Ronny Trocker, Eva Jakobsen, Katrin Pors, Mikkel Jersin

Produced by: zischlermann filmproduktion 
Co-produced by: Bagarrefilm, Snowglobe, ZDF – Das Kleine Fernsehspiel 

  • Sundance IFF, World Dramatic Competition (World Premiere) 
  • Berlin IFF, Panorama (European Premiere)
  • Cleveland FF
  • Istanbul IFF
  • Moscow IFF
  • Fajr IFF
  • Al Este FF
  • Filmfest DC
  • Shanghai IFF
  • PyeongChang Int’l Peace FF
  • Beach FF
  • Motovun Film Festival
  • Sundance London
  • Herceg Novi Film Festival
  • New Horizons IFF
  • Sarajevo FF
  • Jerusalem IFF
  • Itinerama FF
  • Athens IFF
  • Roche-sur-Yon FF
  • Golden Apricot Yerevan IFF
  • Mal das GoetheFEST
  • Riga IFF
  • Ulaanbaatar IFF
  • Sao Paolo IFF

“A smartly troubling piece […] features terrific lead performances from Sabine Timoteo and Mark Waschke” Screendaily

 “an impressive film that undoubtedly requires multiple viewings to fully unpick […] What is clearly on display […] is Trocker’s skill in crafting a tense, mistrustful atmosphere” Sight & Sound

“a brutally tense yet restrained look at the unspoken ruptures within idealised upper-middle-class life” Little White Lies

“Trocker employs thriller expectations, a backtracking narrative device and a fine cast to hold our attention” – 24 must see movies from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival  Los Angeles Times

“A tense mix of family dynamics story, psychological thriller and whodunit Human Factors succeeds at all the genres it tackles. This is engrossing and tension filled storytelling. You won’t be able to look away” Awards Watch

“Trocker expertly locates pockets of vague dread and anxious unravelment in almost every social encounter” Filmmaker Magazine

 “Ronny Trocker […] cements himself as a genuine talent to watch.” Criterion Cast

 “How Trocker plays with each character’s perception of the home invasion and, more generally, the other family members is what makes Human Factors so beguiling” MovieBabble

“Trocker Collapses Paranoia and Perspectives in Brooding Familial Drama” Ion Cinema

 “[…] an intrinsic net of domestic tension and constructed truths”  One Room with a View

 “[…] marks another strong entry from a filmmaker who […] is just getting started” Film Threat

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