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Where the Woods End (2016)

After Elke, a young police officer, shoots an innocent man during a routine stop and search operation, her life begins to fall apart.


Felix Ahrens
3 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Tom Keune ... Armin
Henrike von Kuick Henrike von Kuick ... Elke
Michel Diercks ... Jakub
David Brizzi David Brizzi ... Polizist Polizeifunk / Jakubs Beifahrer (as Davide Brizzi)
Nils Schulz Nils Schulz ... Jörn
Keno John Keno John ... Lars
Justus Carrière Justus Carrière ... Herr Schaller
Alexandra-Annika Meyer Alexandra-Annika Meyer ... Frau Christensen (as Alexandra Annika Meyer)
Anna Schinz ... Karolina
Jaromíra Mílová Jaromíra Mílová ... Tereza
Michael Baca Michael Baca ... Tomasz (as Mike Baca)
Jakub Koudela ... Vojtech
David Langer David Langer ... Polizist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jakob Grellmann Jakob Grellmann ... Polizist


After Elke, a young police officer, shoots an innocent man during a routine stop and search operation, her life begins to fall apart.

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Short | Crime | Thriller

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tension-packed short film
30 November 2016 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. It takes strong writing, directing and acting to generate extreme tension in a 30 minute short film. Director Felix Ahrens and writer Lucas Flasch accomplish just that aided by a terrific performance from Henrike von Kuick. Being a German/Czech based project, it raises the question on whether the justification of police shootings is under the same scrutiny as in the U.S.

German police officer Elke (Ms. Von Kuick) make a routine traffic stop. When the driver takes off running into the woods, Elke breaks protocol and chases him while her partner secures the passenger. The camera work in this segment is stellar. We feel her disorientation and caution at the possibility of being blindsided. The shooting brings immediate doubt and remorse, and severely impacts her career and personal life. There is also an element of police instincts versus the existing evidence. Even having a gut-feeling proved correct may not be sufficient for justice.

A questionable decision to visit the victim's family leads to a terrific sequence with Elke, her child, and the victim's sister, mother and two brothers. The tension is nearly unbearable as Elke struggles to apologize while simultaneously keeping herself and toddler son safe. Sometimes the price we pay for a bad decision is inordinately high, and remember, there's always time for revenge. This is one that could effectively be transitioned to a feature length film.

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January 2016 (Germany) See more »

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Am Ende der Wald See more »

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