THE ORDINARIES – Director: Sophie Linnenbaum

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Film still: THE ORDINARIES © Valentin Selmke

Director: Sophie Linnenbaum - 2022 - 120 Min. - BANDENFILM, ZDF Das Kleine Fernsehspiel,  Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

Cast: Fine Sendel, Jule Böwe, Henning Peker, Sira Faal, Noah Tinwa, Denise M’Baye, Pasquale Aleardi

Paula is hoping to be up front, leading a glamorous life, with her own storyline, thrilling scenes, and lots of music — unlike her mother, who is stuck in the background as a Supporting Character with limited dialogue and a lack of emotion. That’s why Paula is attending the School for Main Characters, to prove she has what it takes to be a rousing lead. She’s at the top of her class in cliffhanging and can do slow motion and panicked screaming in her sleep, but so far she has failed to stir emotions. In search of true feelings, she wanders into the underworld of the movie business, into the swamps of the despised Outtakes on the fringes of society. But instead of cruel rebels, she meets lovable characters, people with flawed takes who live in constant fear of being cut out of the script. As she digs deeper, she comes across inconsistencies regarding the death of her father, who was a dazzling Main Character. Paula begins to have doubts: about herself, about her role in the story, and about those who tell the stories.


  • Filmfest München – German Competition (2022)
  • Karlovy Vary – Christal Globe Competition (2022)
  • ​Zürich Film Festival (2022)
  • Thessaloniki Film Festival (2022)
  • PÖFF Talinn Black Nights (2022)
  • Golden Rooster Film Festival, China (2022)
  • Intl. Film Festival of India, IFFI Goa (2022)
  • REC Festival Internacional de Cinema de Tarragona (2022)
  • Intl. Filmfestival Schlingel (2022)
  • Around the World in 14 Films, Berlin (2022)
  • Braunschweig Intl. Film Festival (2022)
  • FILMZ - Festival des deutschen Kinos (2022)
  • Les Arcs Film Festival (2023)


  • FIRST STEPS Award – Best Feature (2022)

  • Förderpreis Neues Deutsches Kino – Filmfest München (Beste Producing, Best Directing)

  • New Faces Award Film – Best Feature

  • DEFA Förderpreis – Filmkunstfest Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

  • Audience Award – Best Feature – Filmkunstmesse Leipzig

  • Children- and Youth Award of Goethe Institute – Internationales Filmfestival SCHLINGEL

  • Mainzer Rad for Best Feature –  FILMZ - Festival des deutschen Kinos

  • Heimspielpreis for Denise M’Baye – Intl. Filmfestival Braunschweig

  • KINEMA German-French Youth Award for Best Debut Feature – Intl. Filmfestival Braunschweig

  • Audience Award – Best International Feature – Golden Rooster Film Festival

  • Best Feature – Ahrenshooper Filmnächte

  • Best Feature MADE IN GERMANY – exground Wiesbaden