The Ordinaries

Sophie Linnenbaum
GER 2022

»A feature film debut from Sophie Linnenbaum, this German science fiction film is a delightfully bizarre embrace of cinematic conventions.«



»This fanciful comedy occupies a rarefied conceptual zone somewhere between Pirandello and Charlie Kaufman«.

Screen Daily


One of the fascinating tasks of science fiction film is the creation of a new world which is at best a foreshadowing of the social and technological development of our reality. Sophie Linnenbaum creates a fantastic world that is basically completely familiar to us. The 16-year-old Paula lives in a film studio. We experience familiar scenes of film shootings of large elaborate scenes with extras in the background, moving through images to provide a magnificent backdrop for the stars. Only in »The Ordinaries« is it not a dream world that is created, it is an actual dream world. The backdrops are the world, the characters are the population of that world. Paula dreams of making it to the main character one day. Not in film, but in life. But life is film. There are cliffhangers, slow motion and class struggles. But that takes place between the outtakes and the main characters. Almost like real life.

Laura Klippel, Britta Strampe
Valentin Selmke
Kai Eiermann
Sophie Linnenbaum, Michael Fetter Nathansky
Fine Sendel, Jule Böwe, Henning Peker, Sira Faal, Noah Tinwa
119 min, OmeU
Sophie Linnenbaum 01 C Jonas Ludwig Walter

Sophie Linnenbaum

After completing her diploma in psychology and working as a playwright, she studied at the University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. Her award-winning shorts include 2016's »[Out of Fra]me« and »Pix« which won the 2017 German Short Film Award. In 2021, »Stories of My Dad« won Dokfest München. Her feature debut »The Ordinaries« premiered in Munich, where it won hearts and Best Film.