A Film by Marc Bethke


Mikelis, a mathematician working for the European Union, is sitting in a hotel room in Brussels, one day after his retirement.
He is waiting for what he knows will be his last visitor, Carl. But only through meeting the maid Ada, the dark secret of his life’s work is revealed. Ada is going to be Mikelis’ last and most personal victim.


  • Picture of Marc Bethke © Marc Bethke

    Marc Bethke

    Marc Bethke was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1982. He was always interested in good stories, which he finds in films, books and by traveling the world as much as he can, nowadays with his wife and son. Marc is genuinely interested in human nature. What he likes most is to listen to people and what they have to say without asking questions. After some internships and assistant director jobs in Germany, Marc moved to Los Angeles when he was 20 years old to study filmmaking at the New York Film Academy. He then became a freelance creative, writer and director in advertising. For many years, he made a living as a ghostwriter for over 150 commercial and feature film directors from all over the world.
    He recently directed commercials for such clients as Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Toyota. MIKELIS marks his fictional directing debut. Marc is currently working on the development of a TV series with the award-winning Australian author Campbell Jeffries, who is also publisher of the original short story MIKELIS.

Awards + Festivals

  • 37th FESTIVAL MAX OPHÜLS PREIS (Short Film Competition, Saarbrücken, Germany)January 18, 2016
  • 6th LOVE YOUR SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sanford, USA)February 11, 2016
  • MAHARASHTRA INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mumbai, India)March 25, 2016
  • 20th KANSAS CITY FILMFEST (Official Selection, USA)April 13, 2016
  • 20th SACRAMENTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, CA, USA)April 23, 2016
  • POLISH INT'L FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Online Screening, Poland)May 23, 2016
  • 7th SOHO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL NYC (Official Selection, USA)June 9, 2016
  • 7th HYART FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, USA)June 18, 2016
  • 1st SWEDISH INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Stockholm, Sweden)July 4, 2016
  • FLOßKINO BERLIN (Screening, Berlin, Germany)July 24, 2016
  • 31st ALPINALE – KURZFILMFESTIVAL OPEN AIR (Official Selection, Nenzing, Vorarlberg, Austria)August 9, 2016
  • 21st PORTOBELLO FIM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)September 1, 2016
    5th NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Raleigh, USA)September 5, 2016
  • 9th FILMZEITKAUFBEUREN (Official Selection, Germany)October 3, 2016
  • 14th TALLGRASS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wichita, Kansas, USA)October 12, 2016
  • 1st EUROPEAN AND NY PHILIP K DICK FESTIVALS (Official Selection, NYC, USA)October 14, 2016
  • 9th NORTHERN WAVE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rif, Iceland)October 21, 2016
  • BIRMINGHAM HORRORFEST (Screening, Underground FilmFest, Birmingham, Alabama, USA)October 21, 2016
  • 9th POST MORTEM INTERNATIONAL HORROR AND BIZARRE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Aguascalientes, Mexico)October 27, 2016
  • 4th HAGENER KURZFILMFESTIVAL EAT MY SHORTS (Official Selection, Germany)October 28, 2016
  • 58th NORDISCHE FILMTAGE LÜBECK (Official Selection, Germany)November 2, 2016
  • 6th AESTHETICA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, York, UK)November 3, 2016
    5th WINCHESTER SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Winchester, Great Britain)November 4, 2016
  • 11th ANNUAL HAMILTON FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ontario, Canada)November 5, 2016
  • 10th INTERNATIONAL LOW & NO BUDGET KURZFILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mannheim, Germany)November 5, 2016
  • 26th FANCINE – FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL OF MÁLAGA (Official Competition, Spain)November 9, 2016
  • 32nd INTERFILM – INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL BERLIN (“Be A Better Being: Self versus System” Competition, Germany)November 14, 2016
  • 5th GENRENALE (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)February 13, 2017
  • 13th AKBANK SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (non-competitive section "Perspective", Istanbul, Turkey)March 13, 2017
  • 18th BUNTER HUND - INTERNATIONALES KURZFILMFEST MÜNCHEN (Official Selection, Munich, Germany)March 18, 2017
  • CLUJSHORTS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cluj-Napoca, Romania)April 3, 2017
  • 12th ANNUAL MYRTLE BEACH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, South Carolina, USA)April 19, 2017
  • 2nd ACTION&ADVENTURE FILM FESTIVAL MOVIEPARK (Official Selection, Los Angeles, California, USA)April 21, 2017
  • 8th SKEPTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cagliari, Italy)May 10, 2017
  • 12th HOBOKEN INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Greenwood Lake, NY, USA)May 19, 2017


Marc Bethke
Jakob Deutsch
Marc Bethke
Director of Photography
Ian Blumers
Art Direction
Florian Albertsen
Costume Design
Lisa Gnutzmann
Daniel de Homont
Camille Younan
Sound Design
Daniel de Homont
Florian Tessloff


Running Time
15 Min
Shooting Format
Full HD
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1



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Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

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