First Feature Competition, Goethe-Insitut Presents new German films


Drama, LGBT, Black Comedy
International Premiere

Stay Still

Liikuda liikumatult
Director: Elisa Mishto
Country: Germany
Year: 2019
Film duration: 01:30
Language: German
Producer: Martina Haubrich
Screenwriter: Elisa Mishto
DoP: Francesco Di Giacomo
Editor: Baetrice Babin, Cristiano Travaglioli
Music: Sascha Ring
Cast: Natalia Belitski, Luisa Céline Gaffron, Giuseppe Battiston, Martin Wuttke, Katharina Schüttler
Production: CALA Filmproduktion GmbH


Smart and quick-witted Julie is in her mid-twenties. She marches to the beat of her own drum and has her own manifesto: do nothing. And with nothing, she really means nothing: no work, no studies, no friends. Agnes is a happy go lucky nurse of the same age. With a husband and a child, she is fitting into society's expectations without giving any great thought to the matter. Until, that is, she meets Julie. Together they start a rebellion that will bring them to the limits of their respective worlds. “Stay Still” is the story of a generation with a poetic and witty undercurrent. Dangerous, but also very exciting.

Casting Natalia Beletski as Julia and Luisa Céline Gaffron as Agnes is one of the shining dualities that Italian-born Elisa Mishto is aiming for throughout this is impressively crafted debut. Combining drama and break-free-comedy including tonal changes at its very heart, juxtaposing wonderfully written dialogue for the women and total silence for a character Italian actor Giuseppe Battiston is playing are other beautiful choices. Adding the music of Sascha Ring, internationally well known as electro-sensation Apparat, as well as band Lea Porcelain rounds up a wonderfully light and simultaneously existential trip that gives this coproduction an italian touch. And will have the viewers moved!

Christoph Gröner


Elisa Mishto (b. 1978) graduated with honors from Goldsmiths University in London in 2008. She’s been making short films and documentaries since 2004. "Stay Still" is her first feature film as a director.
Director's filmography: Stillstehen (Stay Still, 2019)
  • Elisa Mishto

    Tue, November 26, 2019


    Kino Sõprus, Tallinn

    Screening code: 120905
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Q&A guests: Elisa Mishto, Kim Riedle, Sascha Ring
    Screening duration: 02:00
    Language: German

    Sat, November 30, 2019


    Apollo Kino Solaris, Saal 3, Tallinn

    Screening code: 161103
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Screening duration: 01:30
    Language: German

    Sat, November 30, 2019


    Athena Keskus, Tartu

    Screening code: 161904
    Subtitles: English, Estonian
    Screening duration: 01:30
    Language: German






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