After many years in the film industry, Daniel Brühl (The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Rush) is stepping behind the camera and into the director’s chair with his feature directorial debut Nebenan (Next Door).
Written by Daniel Kehlmann (author of Ich und Kaminski) based on an idea from Brühl, this German language dark comedy/drama also stars Brühl as an exaggerated, fictionalized version of himself opposite Peter Kurth’s scathing character Bruno.
“Berlin, the Prenzlauer Berg district. Daniel is a movie star accustomed to success. His loft apartment is stylish and so is his wife, and the nanny has the children under control. Everything is tip-top, bilingual and ready for him to jet off to an audition in London where a role in an American superhero film awaits the celebrated German-Spanish actor. Popping into the local bar on the corner, he finds Bruno sitting there. As transpires by the minute, Bruno has been waiting for this moment for a long time. And so this eternally overlooked man — one of reunification’s losers and a victim of the gentrification of what was once East Berlin — takes his revenge. With Daniel as his target…“
Watch the trailer below.
Nebenan recently had its official premiere at the 2021 Berlinale International Film Festival‘s Summer Special, and is also playing at Australia’s German Film Festival as well. It will land in theaters in Germany on July 15.
In the meantime, make sure to check out our exploration of Brühl’s extensive filmography, along with our look back at his best film and television moments.