DOK Leipzig Film Festival



“Let’s not forget that the children spend the better part of their day at the kindergarten, they almost spend more time at kindergarten than at home. And thence they spend more time with the people there – big and small – than with us. Which means that everything has to be right. And it is, usually – in 99.999 per cent of the cases.” This film was inspired by the remaining 0.001 per cent. David Spaeth asked only parents to step in front of his camera, but it’s clear from the start that they aren’t all equal. There are the betrayed and there’s the betrayer. The betrayed are sitting on wool felt designer couches and wondering, in a sensitive manner. The betrayer has a shiny face and gets drunk on his own story. Spaeth edits both parties into a kind of dialogue, making parents (betrayed) and parent (betrayer) correspond and give us a view of events that reveal something about the past, but perhaps even more about the present day.

The betrayer’s name is Bastian, a former citizen of the GDR who concealed parts of his background at first and drove up in a red sports car later. The stage of his show was a self-governing kindergarten in the Munich district of Schwabing. He wanted to belong, to the architects, psychologists, interior decorators and painters. So Bastian became an impostor.

Carolin Weidner

Nominated for ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness, Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, Gedanken-Aufschluss, DEFA Sponsoring Prize

Original Title: Betrug
Country: Germany
Year: 2017
Language: German
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 90 min.
Format: HD Videofile (ProRes 422 HQ 1080p)
Color: Colour
Director: David Spaeth
Producer: Eikon Südwest GmbH
Cinematographer: Sebastian Bäumler, Christian Rein, Pascal Schmit
Editor: Georg Michael Fischer
Music: John Gürtler
Sound: Clemens Becker, Friedemann von Rechenberg
Script: David Spaeth

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2017 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.