In Scherben

A Film by Torben Liebrecht


A routine duty turns into a life-threatening act of self-defense for police officer Kappler (49) when, after 30 years in service, he has to use his gun against a person for the first time. While doctors are fighting for the life of the severely injured perpetrator, Kappler finds himself stuck in an eerie and desperate staging, which is about to turn him into an executioner again his will. Based on true events.


  • Picture of Torben Liebrecht © Tim Dobrovolny

    Torben Liebrecht

    Born on December 3rd, 1977 in Reinbek/Germany, Liebrecht started working as an actor and freelance comedy writer while he was a senior. From 2000 he worked as 1st AD for directors Jan Krüger and Horst Königstein and also as reader for German arthouse distributor Prokino. Torben studied film directing at prestigious University of Television and Film Munich where he also attended the advertising and commercials masterclass. „Shattered“ is his thesis film.

Awards + Festivals

  • FILMKUNSTFEST MECKLENBURG-VORPOMMERN (Short Films Competition, Schwerin, Germany)May 2, 2017
    STUDIO HAMBURG NACHWUCHSPREIS (Short Films Category, Hamburg, Germany) June 20, 2017
  • MONTEVIDEO WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Montevideo, Uruguay)July 13, 2017
  • EUROPEAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)October 1, 2017
  • 12th KINOFEST INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bucharest, Romania)September 1, 2018
  • 2nd LANETT CITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lanett, AL, USA)September 7, 2018
  • 3rd TRUJILLO INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Trujillo, Peru)September 27, 2018
  • 28th THE FESTIVAL DE TYO (Official Selection, Cergy-Le-Haut, France)October 4, 2018
  • 4th SPITZIALE (Official Selection, Espelkamp, Germany)October 5, 2018
  • 33rd INDEPENDENT FILMFEST OSNABRÜCK (Official Selection, Osnabrück, Germany)October 17, 2018
  • 4th DURHAM REGION INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Oshawa, ON, Canada)October 17, 2018
    17th INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM & VIDEO FESTIVAL OF BEIJING FILM ACADEMY (Official Selection, Beijing, China)October 21, 2018
  • 4th SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARDS SJIFA (Official Selection, San José, San José, Costa Rica)October 24, 2018
  • 2nd SUNLIGHT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BERLIN (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)October 24, 2018
  • EMIFF // EVOLUTION! MALLORCA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (European Short Films, Mallorca, Spain)October 27, 2017
  • 19th INTERNATIONAL IZMIR SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Izmir, Turkey)October 30, 2018
  • KURZFILMFESTIVAL KÖLN (German Competition, Cologne, Germany)November 14, 2017
  • 11th AMARCORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rimini, Italy)November 14, 2018
  • 4th SIERRA INT FILM WEEKEND (Official Selection, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Santa Cruz, Bolivia)November 16, 2018
  • KINOFILM - MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Manchester, United Kingdom)November 26, 2018
    BEYOND EARTH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kolkata, India)December 22, 2018
  • 1st KAARYAT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Jaipur, India)December 28, 2018
  • 4th BAYAMON INT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bayamón, Puerto Rico)January 30, 2019
  • 2nd MOSCOW SHORT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Moscow, Russia)February 28, 2019
  • 13th 20MINMAX - INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ingolstadt, Germany)March 1, 2019
  • 20th KONTRAST FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bayreuth, Germany)March 8, 2019
  • 25th INTERNATIONALE KURZFILMWOCHE REGENSBURG (Official Selection, Regensburg, Germany)March 13, 2019
  • 8th HEADWATERS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bemidji, MN, USA)March 27, 2019
  • 10th CHALON TOUT COURT FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Chalon-sur-Saône, France)April 4, 2019
  • 7th CLUJSHORTS INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)April 5, 2019
  • 3rd JAIPUR FILM WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, PinkCity, Jaipur, India)April 5, 2019
  • 14th THE MYRTLE BEACH INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Myrtle Beach, South Carolin, USA)April 9, 2019
  • 2nd SWINDON INDEPENDANT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK)April 15, 2019
  • 25th SHORT FILM DAYS THALMÄSSING (Official Selection, Thalmässing, Germany)May 10, 2019
  • 9th ODERKURZ-FILMSPEKTAKEL (Official Selection, Oderaue, Germany)May 17, 2019
  • SCHOLLINALE - FILMFEST DES NORDENS (Official Selection, Buxtehude, Deutschland)May 30, 2019
  • 6th FIRENZE FILMCORTI FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Firenze, Italy)May 30, 2019
  • 3rd BUDDHA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, Maharashtra, India)June 9, 2019
  • 6th MIND THE INDIE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Plovidv, Bulgaria)June 14, 2019
  • 2nd HONG KONG FILM ART INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kwai Chung, Hong Kong)July 6, 2019
  • TATORT EIFEL KRIMIFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Daun, Germany)September 13, 2019
  • 13th PENTEDATTILO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Reggio Calabria, Italy)September 19, 2019
  • 5th FOOTCANDLE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hickory, NC, USA)September 27, 2019
  • 15th EARLY BIRD INT'L STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sofia, Bulgaria)November 1, 2019
  • 18th REGGIO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Reggio Emilia, Italy)November 8, 2019


Torben Liebrecht
Torben Liebrecht
Maren Lüthje, Florian Schneider, Andreas Hörl
Director of Photography
Jana Lämmerer
Art Direction
Rebecca Hanke
Costume Design
Gesa Lüthje
Kristofer Harris
Max Fey
Sound Design
Woepf Lechenmayr & Andrea Baumgartner
Rainer Schaller & René Arbeithuber


Running Time
13:43 min
Shooting Format
ARRI Alexa 2K ProRes 4444
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio



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10961 Berlin, Germany

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HFF München
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80333 München


Lüthje Schneider Hörl FILM
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80339 München
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Torben Liebrecht