Was Von Draussen Kommt

A Film by Kai Gero Lenke


During a stormy night, two young brothers have to face a wounded animal and decide to put it out of its misery.


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    Kai Gero Lenke

    Kai Gero Lenke is a director, writer and producer. Born in Bremen, Germany, he began his career as assistant director and playwright. As a writer he received numerous international scholarships and awards. He studied Creative Writing at the renowned German Literature Institute in Leipzig and the Swiss Literature Institute in Bern. His short stories have been published in several literary magazines. In 2009 he started his own Berlin-based production company Beauty Killed The Beast. The company's first feature was part of the pre-selection for the German Academy Awards and screened at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2012 he enrolled in Columbia University's MFA Directing and Screenwriting program in New York City, where he was instructed by professors like Ramin Bahrani, Eric Mendelsohn and Julia Solomonoff. He also attended master classes and lectures by such filmmakers as Alejandro González Iñárritu, Isabelle Huppert, Denis Villeneuve, Wim Wenders and Skip Lievsay.
    As a filmmaker Kai Gero Lenke produced, wrote and directed films in Australia, Lebanon, Germany, Norway and the US. His short films have been screened at numerous film festivals worldwide where they received several awards. Notable festivals include the Hof International Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, Orlando Film Festival, Brooklyn Film Festival, Austin Film Festival and Raindance. He is a recipient of scholarships by the German Academic Exchange Service, the German National Academic Foundation, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Wim Wenders Foundation. Since 2015 he is represented by the Felix Bloch Erben Management and Agency in Berlin and since 2018 he works as head writer for UFA Fiction. He currently lives in Norway and Germany.

Awards + Festivals

  • FILMFESTIVAL MAX OPHÜLS PREIS (Short Film Competition, Saarbrücken, Deutschland)January 23, 2018
  • 29th DAKINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Competition, Bucharest, Romania)April 18, 2018
  • 6th KURZFILMFESTIVAL SCHROBENHAUSEN BBF FICTION (Official Selection, Gerolsbach, Germany)April 20, 2018
    1st REDLINE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Toronto, Ontario Canada)May 25, 2018
  • 2nd THE BUDDHA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, Maharashtra, India)June 9, 2018
  • 3rd CIUDAD DEL ESTE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ciudad del Este, Paraguay)September 19, 2018
  • 1st LINZ INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Linz, Austria)October 11, 2018
  • 33rd INDEPENDENT FILMFEST OSNABRÜCK (Official Selection, Osnabrück, Germany)October 17, 2018
  • 2nd SUNLIGHT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BERLIN (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)October 24, 2018
  • 29th ISTANBUL INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Istanbul, Turkey)December 14, 2018
    8th UTAH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Vineyard, UT, USA)April 5, 2019
  • 6th FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL - GALACTICAT (Official Selection, Penelles, Lleida, Spain)June 5, 2019


Kai Gero Lenke
Kai Gero Lenke
Kai Gero Lenke
Director of Photography
Johannes Waltermann
Art Direction
Pernille Rivedal Hellevik, Carola Volles
Costume Design
Pernille Rivedal Hellevik, Carola Volles
Leonard Aderhold
Kai Gero Lenke, Pernille Rivedal Hellevik
Sound Design
Kai Gero Lenke (Mixing: Valentin Finke)
Jan S. Beyer


Running Time
11:12 min
Shooting Format
4k Arri Prores
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
Cinemascope (1:2,35)
Dolby 5.1



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

+49 (0)30 61620068



Kai Gero Lenke Filmproduktion
Kai Gero Lenke