A young woman follows her lover to a peninsula in the Baltic Sea. She is carrying his child unbeknownst to him. After her arrival, she realizes that her affair is a farce and she must now deal with the reality of her body. A film about the fragility of relationships, Hel takes a look into the life changing consequences of love and conception.

  • Running Time: 11 minutes
  • Languages: English, German, French, Polish
  • Country: Germany/Poland/Switzerland
  • Year: 2007
  • © Kölner Filmhaus/Filmspring www.filmspring.eu  




Slawomir Idziak

Carla B. Guttmann
Séverine Cornamusaz
Anja Ehrhardt
Barbara Müller
Karim Patwa
Pascal Verdosci

Matthias Bolliger
Mauro Boscarato
Adrian Cranage
Hasan Gazi
Ariel Manuel Salati

Production Manager
Martin Roelly

Production Assistant
Kaja Styczynska

Thomas Deckers

Hélène Grimaud

Carla B. Guttmann

Additonal Editing
George Cifteli

Sound Mix
Peter Horsch

Color Correction
Johannes Deich

Jochen Bentz, Kölner Filmhaus
Pierre Agthe, Denis Rabaglia, FOCAL

Avid Deutschland:
Dirk Steinmeyer
Film and Videotechnik:
Volker Rodde
Filmstiftung NRW:
Michael Schmid-Ospach
Panasonic: Peter Kaiser

Arnold Gralinski
Daniel Che Hermann
Hotel Jantar
Martin Rengel
Ulrike Röth
Skyline Tonfabrik
Heino Weissflog
Ryszard Zarna

Making Of

Hel was developed on an online forum produced by the Kölner Filmhaus and Focal, an audio-video training institute in Switzerland.  Two German, one Canadian (me!) and three Swiss directors prepared the script online and communicated for four months about the casting, treatment, and dramaturgy of the film. In October 2005, we met for three weeks on the Polish peninsula of Hel and together with Slawomir Idziak, five cameramen, and a small production team, produced the film. Each director then had 6-8 months to edit his or her interpretation of Hel. Although I am a Canadian director, Slawomir Idziak, nevertheless allowed me to participate in this European workshop, for which I am very grateful.


  • Premiere, Solothurner Filmtage, Switzerland 2006
  • KAN Film Festival, Poland 2006
  • Krakow Film Festival, Poland 2007