The Dark Side of our Inner Space

Tanja, Jessie, Anna, Marcus and Kai go to a sealed-off former military barracks to play the “Great Game” – a game outside of any social norms and boundaries.

“Welcome to the barracks called freedom.  As long as you were outside, you had to bow to the rules of society.  Here, in the barracks of freedom, there are no rules.  If you need some, make them.”

What is reality? What is a game? Where are the boundaries? When does the one merge into the other? Each character has their own game, their own way to gain an advantage over the others: Jessie tries through sexual seduction, Anna by exercising power, Marcus through the rules he enacts, Tanja by staying well out of everything. Kai is the weakest link in the group and soon he turns into everyone's victim.

In their search for the “Great Game”, they become more and more entangled in their own interpersonal games, slowly being drawn into the devious recesses of their own interior spaces. What begins as a harmless game ends in an all-too-real tragedy.


Roland Reber
Mira Gittner
Christoph Baumann
Marina Anna Eich
Sabine Krappweis
Manfred Gebauer
The Dark Side of our Inner Space - Poster 1

The Dark Side of our Inner Space

Roland Reber

  • Fiction
Production Country / Year
Germany 2003
de. OF ohne UT
DCP, Color, 91min
1.66:1, Stereo PCM

Director & Crew

Roland Reber



“The best way of filmmaking, as I see it, is the individual way. Every filmmaker should go their own way. We make our films on a low budget so that we can produce them ourselves, and so we always have complete authority over what we do. We use our own equipment; we do the distribution, sales, press work. In short, we are a totally independent entity. And that gives us the freedom to be creative, to try out things that sometimes fail. [...] Filmmakers should take back responsibility for their films. I hope that our films will encourage them to see creative adventures as a possible approach again. Encourage the development of films that are not only designed in the office, but spring from the filmmakers’ creativity. Cinema should have something to say again. [...] I see my kind of cinema as an adventure in one's own mind that provokes thought in others.”

Roland Reber

“By the end of the summer we had shot the third film in the Roland Reber series. So, a kind of trilogy came into being. Because our first three films have different plots, but they are connected not only by their subject matter – the search for life and identity – but also and above all by a freedom in their shooting. Developed together on the spot. Written by Roland on the spot. Shot together on the spot.”

Mira Gittner

Roland Reber
Director of Photography
Roland Reber
Mira Gittner
Christoph Baumann
Mira Gittner
Music Composer
Wolfgang Edelmayer
Patricia Koch-Pritchard