Four Minutes

★★★★ "A marvelous piece of cinema" - The Times

Director: Chris Kraus

Writer: Chris Kraus

Stars: Hannah Herzsprung, Monica Bleibtreu

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Following on from the success of ‘The Lives of Others’ and ‘The Counterfeiters’, the award winning ‘Four Minutes’ sees wrongfully imprisoned piano prodigy Jenny, a molotov cocktail of suppressed emotions and uncotrollable rage, locked in a constant battle with those around her. Together with Traude, a professional musician who wants to expose Jenny’s talents at a national competition, the pair develop a volatile teacher-pupil relationship. As the duo plan their intent to make it to the finals, it soon becomes apparent that, once there, Jenny will have only four minutes to prove herself, and no guarantee of freedom afterwards.

Starring multiple award winner Hannah Herzsprung (‘The Reader’, ‘The Baader-Meinhof Complex’), ‘Four Minutes’ is a cinema tour de force that combines classical music, gritty prison drama and powerful performances to winning effect.



  • "Extraordinary...brings the house down"
    -Evening Standard

  • -Film Review
  • "Forceful and compelling"
    -The Telegraph
  • "Superb performances...memorable and distinctive"
    -London Lite
  • "Powerful use of music...Herzspring tears up the screen"
  • "A gem of brilliance"
    -Little White Lies
  • "A grandstand finale"
  • "Superb performances"
Cast: Hannah Herzsprung, Monica Bleibtreu
Director: Chris Kraus
Writer: Chris Kraus
Country: Germany
Language: German
Subtitles: English
Format: PAL
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Certificate: 15
Running Time: 112 mins
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
DVD Release Date: 28-07-2008
VoD Release Date: 28-07-2008
DVD Extras: Interview with Director and Cast