Original title Deadweight

Directed by Axel Koenzen

Length 88min

Genre Drama

Year of production 2016

Production country Germany, Finland

Starring Tommi Korpela, Ema Vetean, Archie Alemania, Manuelito Acido, Frank Lammers, Loes Luca, Teun Kuilboer, Jeanne Balibar

Written by Horst Markgraf, Boris Doran, Axel Koenzen

Director of Photography Alexander Gheorghiu

Costume Design ChiaraMinchio, Michael Kleine

Editing Benjamin Mirguet

Sound Design Markus Krohn

Producers Benny Drechsel, Karsten Stöter / Rohfilm

Co-producers Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff / Bufo

Ahti Ikonen is a reliable captain at the height of his career. He is in command of the 35,000-ton container vessel Brugge, which enters the port of Savannah, United States behind schedule. The loading of the ship commences in haste as the crew, led by the ambitious Romanian officer Katia, works by the piece so that they can sail in time.

The Filipino seaman James has an accident during this semi-legal lashing procedure. Ahti has to face the consequences of his orders: In the port of Rotterdam unionized dockworkers exploit the incident and refuse to unload the ship. Standstill. The captain is caught between the frontlines. Ahti is keen to elucidate the accident, but the situation becomes more and more contradictory…

Deadweight received its world premiere at the 66th Berlinale (Forum section).