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Human Factors

Human Factors

Ronny Trocker

Germany, Italy, Denmark | 2021 | Genre: Drama | second feature film | running time: 102’

festivals & awards

World Dramatic Cinema Competition, Sundance Film Festival 2021


A young and prosperous European family: Jan, Nina and their two kids. As successful account executives, the two parents are involved in advising a political party on its campaign, but Nina’s opposition to the party’s populist strategy creates conflict. Jan fails to back her up and eventually she leaves the agency. In order to save their marriage, Jan proposes they spend a family weekend at their holiday home on the coast. Upon arrival, Nina and the kids are the victims of a mysterious burglary. The agitation around the incident seems to draw the couple closer, until their eight-year-old son, Max, announces that he saw his father hiding during the incident. When, in addition, Nina offers the police contradictory evidence, suddenly the question of whether the burglars may never have existed looms large. Mutual distrust and tension spreads and the immaculate picture of a model family falls apart.


original title

Der Menschliche Faktor




Germany, Italy, Denmark

running time


produced by

zischlermann filmproduktion – Germany

in co-production with

Bagarrefilm – Italy
Snowglobe – Denmark

directed by

Ronny Trocker

A mysterious housebreaking exposes the agony of an exemplary middle class family.
TFL Programmes

ScriptLab original 2017

Ronny Trocker

Film Director