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Die Couch

A Film by Joe Paul Kienast


Natalie Dupont suffers from crippling insomnia. She decides to seek professional help and sees psychoanalyst Dr. Mannick. She hopes for improvement of her symptoms with the help of psychoanalyses. When asked about the origin of her insomnia, Natalie claims to have committed a crime. Dr. Mannick is fazed by this confession, yet able to continue the session. He asks her to tell him about the supposed crime. While Natalie tells the story, he tries to figure out if she is telling the truth about the incident. This leads to a game of cat-and-mouse between the two. Every question regarding the motif for her actions is left unanswered by Natalie. Unable to get answers, Dr. Mannick resorts to a little trick of his profession to figure Natalie out. Does she really pose a threat or is she playing a game? He opts for drastic measures to provide Natalie the desired help.


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    Joe Paul Kienast

    Joe Paul Kienast, born in 1982, studied philosophy and sociology at the University of Bremen as well as film and English at the University of California, LA. From 2009 to 2013 Joe worked at the drama department at the University of Music and Theatre “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Leipzig. During his doctoral studies, he further studied dramaturgy. Since then Joe worked in film, television, theatre, and advertisement. He currently works as director, story developer, and story liner. The short film THE COUCH makes Joe’s official debut as director.

Awards + Festivals

  • 29th INTERNATIONALES FILMFEST DRESDEN (World Premiere, Regionaler Fokus – Zwischen uns/Between us, Dresden, Germany) April 6, 2017
  • 15th FILMFEST UND BITTE (Official Selection, Hannover, Germany)June 23, 2017
  • 6th KOLKATA SHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)July 23, 2017
  • 5th INDIAN CINE FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Mumbai, India)September 10, 2017
  • 4th FILMKREIS SHORTS EVENT (Official Selection, Darmstadt, Germany)November 11, 2017
  • 7th INT'L FRONTALE FILMFESTIVAL (Int'l Competition, Vienna, Austria)November 15, 2017
  • NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARD (Competition, North Carolina, USA)November 16, 2017
  • *BEST ACTRESS* Susanne Wolf
    4th LEBANON INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nabatiyeth, Lebanon)December 16, 2017
  • FOUR SEASONS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, United Kingdom)February 3, 2018
  • 41st GRENZLAND-FILMTAGE (Official Selection, Selb, Germany)April 5, 2018
  • 13th THE MYRTLE BEACH INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA)April 16, 2018
  • 6th FRONT RANGE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Longmont, CO, USA)April 27, 2018
  • 3rd DOC SUNBACK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mulvane, Kansas, USA)June 21, 2018


Joe Paul Kienast & Christian Mahlow
Uwe Nadler, Dorit Jeßner, Felix Göpfert, Joe Paul Kienast
Joe Paul Kienast
Director of Photography
Daniel M. G. Weiß
Art Direction
(Joe Paul Kienast)
Costume Design
Maike Liebich
Philipp Schwabe
Julius Blum
Sound Design
Malte Lahrmann
Malte Lahrmann


Running Time
14:36 mins
Shooting Format
5K, filmed on Red Epic
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
CinemaScope 2048x858, 1:2.35



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Riemannstraße 21
D-10961 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 61620068


ravir film GbR
01324 Dresden, Germany

+49 (0) 351 263 328 4
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Joe Paul Kienast