For years, Chrissi has proven herself abroad, mastering cars as a stunt driver. After a serious accident, she has to return to her childhood village und is caught up in the tormenting memories of her family’s history. To this day, her father is trapped in his own pain and unable to be there for her. In an act of desperation, he offers her money so that she can build a life elsewhere, independent of the German social system. The relationship between the two is put to the test...


Anna Maria Mühe
Michael Wittenborn
Anton Spieker
Therese Hämer
Casper von Bülow
Walid Al-Atiyat
Victoire Laly
Katharina Hauter
Pater Joseph
Joél Sansi
Crash - Poster 2


Karsten Dahlem

  • Fiction
Production Country / Year
Germany 2022
de., fr. OF mit en. UT
DCP, Color, 83min
2.39:1, Discrete 5.1

Director & Crew

Karsten Dahlem 1

Karsten Dahlem

Born in 1975 in Limburg an der Lahn. Studied Acting at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. Active as an actor, screenwriter and director.


2016 PRINCESS, Kurzfilm

2022 CRASH, Spielfilm  HOF 2022

“The idea for CRASH has been on my mind for years. I grew up in a small village and for me this place and my family were always a source of unconditional support, until my best friend had a fatal accident when he was 18. When I visit my parents today, we drive past wooden crosses on the roadside where countless young people coming from home from the disco late at night have lost their lives. Back then, these horrible accidents hung over everything like a dark shadow because almost always a similar pattern evolves – lives are destroyed, couples split up, friendships fall apart, just like it happened to us back then.

Today I would say that the pain was too powerful to find a common language about what had happened in order for us to stick together at that crucial moment. So it was very important to me to make a film about that.”

Karsten Dahlem

Karsten Dahlem
Director of Photography
Martin Farkas
Monika Schindler
Heike Parplies
Production Designer
Tanja Arlt
Costume Designer
Tanja Gierich
Casting Director
Karimah El-Giamal
Julian Peuker
Sound Designer
Leon Felker
Oliver Achatz
Music Composer
Hajo Wiesemann
Monika Knauf
Miriam Hauser
Benedikt Böllhoff
Stephanie Groß
Andrea Hanke
Max Frauenknecht