To the Russians, Dima is German. To the German, he is Russian. Nemez (“the german” in Russian) is how Dima is called by his boss, art thief Georgij. Recently released from a juvenile detention center, Dima wants to start anew in Berlin. But Georgij will not have it – and Dima’s father, who doesn’t feel at home in Germany, wants to return to Russia with the family. As if that weren’t enough, Dima is still haunted by his own past. But one aspect of his life keeps him strong and hopeful: his love for art student Nadja. His connections to the crime world, however, will prove disastrous for both.
Born in 1977, in Cheljabinsk, Russia. He moved with his family to Dresden, Germany, in 1989. He studied film at the Academy of Film and Television in Munich and graduated in screenwriting at a workshop held in the same city. During the 2000s, he directed six shorts and one TV movie, About Love (2008). In 2009, he got the Tankred-Dorst award for the screenplay of Nemez, his first feature-length film.