A Film by Daniel Michalos


Sternenkind is a short film about a couple (Julia and Hannes) that is awaiting their first child. In the last third of the pregnancy a lethal illness is diagnosed to the child which means that it will die before birth. The couple leaves the city for the countryside. Julia wants to get away from the friends and the expectations of being pregnant. Hannes is driving to work every day. Julia is left alone with the unborn child. While she is waiting for the child to die (inside her), the differences between the couple emerge and destroy their relationship.


  • Picture of Daniel Michalos © Daniel Michalos

    Daniel Michalos

    Daniel Michalos was born in 1977 in Berlin and spent half of his childhood and adolescence in Germany and the other half in Thessaloniki, Greece. After finishing high school he obtained degrees in Engineering (in Esslingen, Germany) and Media Sciences (in Tübingen, Germany) he started to get involved in theatre work. In Tübingen he worked as a lighting technician, actor, assistant director and director on various plays at the Brechtbautheater and the Landestheater Tübingen. The plays he has staged include “Five Women wearing the same dress” (Alan Ball), “The Maids” (Jean Genet),“Antigone” (after Jean Anouilh and Ioannis Ritsos) and “Closer” (Patrick Marber). While working as a consultant in the automotive industry and staging plays he also worked on several short films. In 2012 he took the craft of filmmaking further with an MA at the London Film School, where he produced two and edited another two graduation films. He then shot his own graduation film “Sternenkind” in January 2015 in Berlin, Germany. His films concentrate on the subject of loneliness in today’s society. Whether we are in a different country or in the safeness of our family or even trying to fight the feeling of being alone. His future plans include a theatre production of “Der Hässliche” (The Ugly) by Marius von Mayenburg in Stuttgart, Germany, and working on a feature script.

Awards + Festivals

  • DRAMA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Greece)September 22, 2016
  • ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Greece)September 26, 2016
  • IZMIR INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Non-Competitive, Turkey)November 1, 2016
  • FILMSCHAU BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG (Non-Competitive, Germany)December 3, 2016
  • 12th CINEMA ON THE BAYOU FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA)January 26, 2017
  • INDEPENDENT DAYS FILMFEST KARLSRUHE (Official Selection, Karlsruhe, Germany)April 5, 2017
    50th WORLDFEST HOUSTON (Official Selection, Houston, Texas, USA)April 20, 2017
  • 23rd PALM SPRINGS INT'L SHORTFEST AND FILM MARKET (Film Market, Palm Springs, CA, USA)June 20, 2017
  • 12th ORLANDO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Orlando, Florida, USA)October 19, 2017
  • NEAR NAZARETH FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Israel)December 13, 2017
  • 2nd CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 24, 2017
  • THE SOUTH FILM AND ARTS ACADEMY FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Chile)March 16, 2018
  • GLOBAL INDIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Pune, India)March 24, 2018
  • 1st LEBANESE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Achraffieh, Lebanon)July 12, 2018
  • KINOFILM - MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Manchester, United Kingdom)November 26, 2018


Aristoteles Chaitidis
Diana Nilles
Daniel Michalos
Director of Photography
Tian Tsering
Art Direction
Alexandr Fatakhutdinov
Costume Design
Alexandr Fatakhutdinov
Russ James
Radu Ghelbereu
Sound Design
Zbigniew Malecki
Jason Moffat


Running Time
22:45 mins
Shooting Format
Super 16mm
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD), Quicktime
Aspect Ratio
1:1,66 in 16:9
Digital 5.1



aug&ohr medien
Markus Kaatsch
Riemannstraße 21
D-10961 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 61620068


Richard Kwietniowski
London Film School
24 Shelton Street
WC2H 9UB London, UK


Daniel Michalos