Sometime in August (2009)


Sometime in August (2009)
Mitte Ende August (original title)

IMDb   6.5 /10
TheMovieDb    4.5 /10
Director Sebastian Schipper
Writer Sebastian Schipper
Writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Release Date2009-07-30
Runtime1h 32mins
Content Rating
CompanyFilm1, Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), ARTE
Anna Brüggemann
Anna Brüggemann
Agnese Zeltina
Agnese Zeltina
Galina Petrova
Gert Voss
Gert Voss
Bo, Hanna's Father

Sometime in August

Sometime in August (German: Mitte Ende August) is a 2009 German drama film directed by Sebastian Schipper, starring Marie Bäumer, Milan Peschel, André Hennicke and Anna Brüggemann. It tells the story of Thomas and Hanna, a happily married couple settled on the countryside, whose relationship is challenged when they are visited by Tomas' brother and Hanna's goddaughter. The film is loosely based on the 1809 novel Elective Affinities by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

The film premiered in the Forum section of the 59th Berlin International Film Festival. It won the Grand Prix at the Cabourg Film Festival.


  • Milan Peschel as Thomas
  • Marie Bäumer as Hanna
  • Anna Brüggemann as Augustine
  • André Hennicke as Friedrich
  • Gert Voss as Bo
  • Agnes Zeltina as Galina Petrova


The film was produced by Film1 GmbH & Co. KG in collaboration with Senator Film Produktion and Norddeutscher Rundfunk. Filming took place in Hamburg, from 28 August to 21 October 2007.


Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "Goethe seemingly was playing with notions of fate and free will but his work is generally considered enigmatic. For his part, Schipper shows a couple's equilibrium getting upset by outside forces, but he never establishes any reason why this should be." Honeycutt continued: "The four characters -- along with a brief, somewhat inexplicable appearance by Hanna's father and his absurd Russian girlfriend -- never really come alive. The actors are all rather earnest and a score by American singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt wears soulfulness on its sleeve. But the film never gets at what ails these people. It must be bad chemistry."