Original title Deadweight
Directed by Axel Koenzen
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).