The Straw That Broke

“The virtual is viral,” Clea Bardan, an editor at DeBase SF, a subsidiary of PetroDent, tells Claudia Weiss, her favorite underpaid, overworked creator of sci-fi Virts (pulp entertainments of the future), before assigning her an impossible task that will take Claudia from her one-room writing studio in Stuttgart to Nueva York to a Harkon orbital to Relix, a water-based information planet that may hold the secret of how to save the multiverse from the O-Cloud, a virus that is destroying all sentient life forms at their ontological core. But how much of what Claudia encounters along her journey of self-discovery has been altered by the virtual? And can a smart-talking mouse transformed from her fictional Virt really save her and the multiverse from their demise? The film delves, via a multitude of cinematic and narrative devices, into these and other metaphysical matters, while remaining a tale of loss and love, hope and despair, about Claudia Weiss and us all."


Claudia Gallatz
Manuel Harder
Clea Bardan
Manja Kuhl
Robert Besta
Encyclopedia Mouse
Santiago Ziesmer
Flint McCrae
Konrad Lucas
Gabriele Zimmermann
The Straw That Broke - Poster 2

The Straw That Broke

Valentin Hennig

  • Fiction
Production Country / Year
Germany 2021
de., en. OF mit en. UT
Digital file, Both, 70min
1.78:1 (16:9), Stereo

Director & Crew

Valentin Henning 1

Valentin Hennig

Born in 1986 in Herrenberg. Studied Art Education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe, guest student at the University of Fine Arts in Dresden. Active as director.



2012 AUGE (FALTE), experimenteller Kurzfilm

2013 ABGRUND DER ZÄRTLICHKEITEN , Animationskurzfilm

2014 DICKE NACHT, experimenteller Kurzfilm

DIE VERWANDLUNG, experimenteller Kurzfilm

2021 THE STRAW THAT BROKE, Spielfilm HOF 2021

Tom Whalen
Set Designer
Florian Fischer
Sound Designer
Oliver Magaña
Music Composer
Vincent Wikström
Leo Frick
Melanie Jatzkowski
Valentin Hennig