As part of the “New German Television” series, “Ein Kommissar kehrt zurück” premiered at the Munich Film Festival on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 10 p.m. in the Gloria Palast.

Directed by Matti Geschonneck, the film stars Uwe Kockisch as a detective who, after retiring, reopens an unsolved murder case to make good on a promise once made.


Newly retired Chief Inspector Kovak (Uwe Kockisch) returns to a small village near Greifswald, where a gruesome crime took place twenty years ago. A little girl was brutally murdered, the perpetrator could never be caught. One of the suspects was Michael Adam (Sylvester Groth), a renowned physics professor at the University of Greifswald. Because the circumstantial evidence against him was insufficient, the special commission, which included the young LKA officer Ella Schönemann (Sophie von Kessel), soon had to stop investigating Adam. Kovak is firmly convinced that Adam is the murderer and wants to keep the promise he made to the parents (Jenny Schily, Oliver Stokowski) at the time: to solve the murder of their daughter. As Kovak begins to systematically observe the lives of Adam and his partner Luisa (Ulrike C. Tscharre), it is not long before the two men come face to face: What is a lie, what is truth, what is evidence, what is only suspicion?

In addition to Uwe Kockisch, Sylvester Groth, Sophie von Kessel, Ulrike C. Tscharre, Jenny Schily and Oliver Stokowski are in front of the camera in other roles. Matti Geschonneck directs the thriller based on a script by Magnus Vattrodt. The director and writer, who have already produced “Das Zeugenhaus,” “Das Ende einer Nacht” and “Ein großer Aufbruch” for ZDF, are thus continuing their multi-award-winning collaboration.

Filming took place from October 16 to mid-November 2015 in Berlin, on the island of Rügen, in Greifswald and in Kappeln. “Ein Kommissar kehrt zurück” is a ZDF commissioned production by Network Movie Cologne, the producers are Wolfgang Cimera and Silke Schulze-Erdel. The editorial staff at ZDF is Reinhold Elschot and Stefanie von Heydwolff.

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    Matti Geschonneck

    Magnus Vattrodt

    Theo Bierkens

    Zazie Knepper

    Anneke Troost

    Sandra Köppe

    Eva Schnare

    Nikolaus Glowna, Ludwig Eckmann

    Ute Schnelting

    Andreas Breyer

    Wolfgang Cimera, Silke Schulze-Erdel

    Network Movie, Köln

    Reinhold Elschot, Stefanie von Heydwolff


    Uwe Kockisch
    Sylvester Groth
    Ulrike C. Tscharre
    Sophie von Kessel
    Jenny Schily
    Oliver Stokowski
    Barbara Schnitzler
    Bernd Stegemann