Against All Odds

Graduation film of the ifs internationale filmschule köln
Germany 2022 | Feature film | Coming of Age | 15 min.

Younus does not give up… despite all the doubts! Fascination is glued to the strange but familiar father figure and mixed up with a growing longing for real intimacy. Cautiously testing and expanding boundaries, Younus is playing a risky game. When the tension finally unloads, he questions the deeper foundation of the fragile relationship.


Directing, Screenplay: Laurenz Otto
Alexander Conrads, Laurenz Otto
Mathis Hanspach
Editing: Antonia-Marleen Klein
Sound Design: Maximilian Rodegra
Production Management: Jakob Wißmeier




Johannes Degen
Daniel Michel


Awards & Festivals

  • Prize of the WDR Westart Audience Jury – 68th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2022
  • Next Generation Short Tiger 2022 (Dresden & Cannes)
  • Short Film Catalogue »German Short Films« of the AG Kurzfilm, 2022
  • Filmfest Dresden 2022
  • NRW Competition 68th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2022
  • Prädikat “Besonders Wertvoll” (FBW)