Out of Place

Kevin, Dominik, and David are among the hundreds of German teenagers placed in what are known as “foreign educational measures.” These programs are designed to help troubled youth get back on the right track throughout Europe.

However, in the midst of the hills and woods of Transylvania, Romania, the pasts of these young men have faded into the background. They are now largely disconnected from their original environments, working on the fields and farms of local Romanian families under the supervision of German educators. Their progress is evaluated through a point-based system, with the aim of preparing them for a more structured life back in Germany.

Yet, within this system, there is little space for their longing for personal freedom, closeness, and a sense of family. Consequently, Kevin, Dominik, and David each forge their own paths to navigate this disorienting situation. It’s a tale of coming of age within a system that raises questions.


Germany 2019
Digital Video / DCP
Runtime: 87 minutes


Director/Script: Friederike Güssefeld

Editors: Sven Heussner, Miriam Märk 

DOP: Adrian Campean, Julian Krubasik

Sound/Score: Wolf-Maximilian Liebich

Producers: Florian Brüning, Thomas Herberth

Production: Horse&Fruits München

In cooperation with Bayerischer Rundfunk

Kindly supported by FFF Bayern


Visions du Réel 2019

DOK Fest München 2019

Berlinale Perspektive deutsches Kino 2020


FIRST STEPS Award 2019