The Lower Depths

Short film project of the ifs internationale filmschule köln | 3rd semester
Germany 2021 | 19 min.

A newcomer to a mental health unit wants to help his fellow patients. But instead of seeking healing through self-recognition, he builds castles in the air and thus becomes the greatest threat to his fellow sufferers and ultimately to himself.


Director: Pablo Knote
Screenwriter: Julian Dohmen & Pablo Knote
Production: Philip J. Malewicz
Director of Photography: Jonas Thibaut
Editing & Sounddesign: Niklas Lipski
Production Design: Leonhard Jagels & Wiebke Lyß
VFX & Animation: Justus Maus



Daniel Warland
Christoph Leszczynski
Isabella Nagy
Thorsten-Kai Botenbender
Anna Zhara

Awards & Festivals

  • 7. China-EU Youth Film Festival Best Film Editing (Niklas Lipski)