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Die Herberge

A Film by Ysabel Fantou


“The Shelter” is a German-Arabic culture-clash comedy, based on true events: Erwin and Hildegard get lost whilst on a hiking holiday in Bavaria. They end up in a strange guest house, not knowing that it’s long closed and now a refugee shelter. Only when demanding the bill for the delicious meal, the truth unravels.


  • Picture of Ysabel Fantou © Sanne Kurz

    Ysabel Fantou

    Born 1970 in Munich in a French- German family. She has three children. One year of general studies, then landscape architecture studies. When making her diploma admission at the documentary class of HFF Munich. She likes working in the full spectrum of writing – books and screenplays, and directing - documentary and fiction. Also a lecturer and dramaturgy consultant at HFF Munich. Now working freelance as writer, director and lecturer. Also doing documentary preschool formats and working on her fictional debut.

Awards + Festivals

  • 11th FÜNF SEEN FILMFESTIVAL (Short Film Competition "Goldene Glühwürmchen", Gilching, Germany)July 28, 2017
  • 41th OPEN AIR FILMFEST WEITERSTADT (Official Selection, Weiterstadt, Germany)August 10, 2017
    8th ORSCHELER FILMFEST (Official Selection, Oberursel, Germany)August 18, 2017
  • 9th SEOUL INT'L EXTREME-SHORT IMAGE & FILM FESTIVAL (Short Film Competition, South Korea)September 12, 2017
  • 5th BEACON INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Beacon, NY, USA)September 15, 2017
  • 1st GREAT MESSAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)September 23, 2017
  • 31th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BRAUNSCHWEIG (Short Film Program, Germany)October 17, 2017
  • 4th IMMIGRATION FILM FEST (Official Selection, Washington DC, USA)October 19, 2017
  • BEST INDEPENDENTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Karlsruhe, Germany)October 28, 2017
    30th EXGROUND FILMFEST (Official Selection, Wiesbaden, Germany)November 25, 2017
    31st SCHWENNINGER KURZFILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany)November 27, 2017
  • 8th KARAMA HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Amman, Jordan)December 5, 2017
  • STEAM HOUSE ENTERTAINMENT INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Avenal, CA, USA)December 8, 2017
  • INT'L SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Bethesada, USA)December 14, 2017
  • 15th KATHMANDU INT'L MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kathmandu, Nepal)December 14, 2017
  • INT'L SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Washington, USA)January 18, 2018
  • 9th HUMANS FEST INTERNATIONAL FILM AND HUMAN RIGHTS FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Valencia, Spain)February 12, 2018
  • LERNORT KINO - FILMARBEIT MIT JUNGEN FLÜCHTLINGEN (Official Selection, Wiesbaden, Germany)February 26, 2018
  • 5th WORLD OF WOMEN FILM FAIR MIDDLE EAST 2018 (Official Selection, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)March 6, 2018
  • 19th LANDSHUTER KURZFILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Landshut, Germany)March 14, 2018
  • 8th QUEENS WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, USA)March 15, 2018
  • 24th GÜTERSLOHER KURZFILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany)March 16, 2018
  • SR SOCIALLY RELEVANT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, USA)March 20, 2018
  • 6th HOLLYWORMS – DER LANGE KURZFILMTAG 2018 (Official Selection, Worms, Germany)April 14, 2018
    25th RÜSSELSHEIMER FILMTAGE 2018 (Official Selection, Germany)June 15, 2018
  • 11th SHORT FILM FESTIVAL „.MOV“ (Official Selection, Cologne, Germany)July 11, 2018
  • 42th OPEN AIR FILMFEST WEITERSTADT (Official Selection, Weiterstadt, Germany)August 18, 2018
  • FILMZ FESTIVAL DES DEUTSCHEN KINOS MAINZ (Vorfreudeabende, Mainz, Germany)October 24, 2018
  • 40th BIBERACHER FILMFESTSPIELE (Official Selection, Biberach, Germany)October 31, 2018
  • KURZFILMFESTIVAL KUFSTEIN (Schulprogramm, Kufstein, Austria)November 21, 2018
  • FILMSCHAU BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG (Official Selection, Stuttgart, Germany)December 8, 2018


Ysabel Fantou
Sanne Kurz, Ysabel Fantou
Ysabel Fantou
Director of Photography
Sanne Kurz
Art Direction
Ralf Schreck
Costume Design
Helena Blank
Jaromir Zezula, Martial Kuchlmeister
Sophie Oldenbourg
Sound Design
Andy Goldbrunner
Philipp Fabian Kölmel


Running Time
9:17 mins
Shooting Format
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
Dolby 5.1



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


Ysabel Fantou