Killing Stella


To take up her studies in the city, shy and introvert Stella is set up with Anna’s family by her mother in order to live in Anna‘s house. Anna and her successful lawyer husband Richard take her in hesitatingly and also their only teenage son does not embrace Stella’s presence. Despite her initial hesitations Anna recognises Stella’s hidden beauty and buys her clothes that turn Stella into an attractive young women. Richard also notices her transformation and seduces Stella who gives in and briefly seems to bloom in this hidden and guilty
relationship. When Anna finds out about their affair she is unable to confront as is her son who had already found out earlier and both remain silent. Even after Richard finally spurns and forsakes a pregnant and desperate Stella Anna and her son remain silent, with Stella becoming their joint victim.

KILLING STELLA (“Wir töten Stella”) is based on the novel by Austrian writer Marlen Haushofer, who also wrote THE WALL (“Die Wand”). KILLING STELLA is an ice-cold examination of a failed marriage and the self-reproach of a wife and mother. It is a prequel to THE WALL in both literary and cinematic terms.

Title Killing Stella
Original Title Wir töten Stella
Directed by Julian Pölsler
Starring Martina Gedeck, Matthias Brandt, Mala Emde
Genre Drama, Historical Drama, Literary Adaptation
Running time 90
Language German
Nationality Austria
Scriptwriter Marlen Haushofer, Julian Pölsler
Cinematographer Jrp Artman, Walter Kindler
Produced by epo-film
Local Release 2018 - Jan 18
Film Status Completed


  • World Premiere - Hof IFF 2017

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