Night Herald

A Film by Julia Sausen
and Julia Górniewicz


“Night Herald” opens with 10-year-old Leo and his mom digging two graves in a desert wasteland. One is meant for Leo, who is expected to pass an unusual rite of passage. The nocturnal journey is believed to mature him. Hesitant, Leo faces his solitary adventure, however, the rite is disrupted and leaves him to his own devices in the face of danger.
The film shows a world shaped by a different set of rules. A slight shift of paradigm, that offers a new perspective. It’s a strange world, dark and gritty, but also full of wonder. A world, where roles we assume in life stretch out to unfamiliar borders, exploring the abnormal beyond ethical constraint.


  • Picture of Julia Sausen © Julia Sausen

    Julia Sausen

    Julia Sausen is an award-winning director & film editor. Captivated by moving images from an early age, her sweeping eye for detail and her exceptional ability in visual narration have helped composing remarkably symphonic work. Her short films, music videos and commercials played to international acclaim. Commercial campaigns she edited for C&A Clockhouse won the German Design Award in 2017. In 2010 she was editing the 4320 LA/SYD VAustralia campaign, which won a Silver Direct Lion and a Bronze Cyber Lion at the Cannes Lions.

  • Picture of Julia Górniewicz © Julia Górniewicz

    Julia Górniewicz

    Julia Górniewicz is a musician and a writer/director.
    As a musician, Julia writes and performs under a stage name Julia Marcell. She’s released 4 critically acclaimed albums, toured internationally, scored feature films and theatre plays. Her work has been awarded with Paszport Polityki, Fryderyk and Grzegorz Ciechowski Award. As a filmmaker, she has written and directed short films and music videos, winning Microsoft Imagine Cup.

Awards + Festivals

  • ACHTUNG BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, World Premiere, Berlin, Germany)April 18, 2018
    2nd GREAT MESSAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Pune, Maharashtra, India)September 22, 2018
  • 1st KAARYAT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Jaipur, India)December 28, 2018
  • 4th INDIE-LINCS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lincolnshire, UK)February 14, 2019
  • 5th INTERNATIONAL MOTION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nicosia, Cyprus)May 6, 2019



Julia Górniewicz & Julia Sausen
Julia Górniewicz
Julia Górniewicz & Julia Sausen
Director of Photography
Carlos A. Lopez
Costume Design
Magda Klaman
Daniel C. Trujillo
Mateusz Rybka & Julia Sausen
Sound Design
Błażej Kafarski
Julia Marcell


Running Time
14 min 50 sec
Shooting Format
Red Dragon
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
2.35 (SCOPE)



Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068


Julia Górniewicz

Julia Sausen