Twelve years after TROJAN had to leave Berlin, hardship brings him back to the city after a failed coup. Trojan has hardly any money left and urgently needs a new job. His previous work maxim of only performing cash jobs is becoming increasingly difficult to realize in a largely complex technologized and digitalized world. 

After several attempts, he is finally offered the prospect of a lucrative job by the mediator REBECCA. A valuable painting is to be stolen from the restoration workshop of a museum. The project brings him together with the getaway driver DIANA, his former companion LUCA and the young CHRIS. At first, the project looks promising. However, due to the hidden antagonist VICTOR, who has his own plans with the painting, the situation gradually becomes more and more confusing. Soon it is not only a matter of getting away with the money, but also with life.



Thomas Arslan was born on July 16th, 1962 in Braunschweig, Germany. Between 1963 and 1967 he lived in Essen, and from 1967 to 1971 in Ankara, Turkey, where he attended elementary school. In 1972, he returned to Essen, graduating from high school (Abitur) in 1982. Subsequently, he did his military substitute service in Hamburg. After Studying German and History in Munich for two semesters, he enrolled at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin (DFFB) from 1986 to 1992. He works as a filmdirector and screenwriter since 1992.

2017 - Bright Nights (Helle Nächte)
2013 - Gold (Gold)
2010 - In the Shadows (Im Schatten)
2007 - Vacation (Ferien)
2005 - From far away (Aus der Ferne)
2001 - A fine Day (Der schöne Tag)
1998 - Dealer (Dealer)
1996 - Brothers and Sisters (Geschwister)
1993 - Turn down the Music (Mach die Musik leiser)


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Mišel Matičević
as Trojan

Marie Leuenberger
as Diana

Alexander Fehling
as Victor

Tim Seyfi
as Luca

Marie-Lou Sellem
as Rebecca


Director: Thomas Arslan
Writer: Thomas Arslan
Director of Photography: Reinhold Vorschneider
Production Design: Reinhild Blaschke
Editor: Reinaldo Pinto Almeida
Costume Design: Anette Guther
Make Up Design: Nina Düffort
Casting: Ulrike Müller
Sound: Andreas Mücke-Niesytka
Sound Design: Jochen Jezussek, Christian Obermaier
Composer: Ola Fløttum
Re-recording Mixer: Tormod Ringnes
Comissioning Editor WDR: Andrea Hanke
Comissioning Editor Arte: Uta Cappel
Producers: Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber, Anton Kaiser


Original title: VERBRANNTE ERDE
International title: SCORCHED EARTH
Duration: 101 min
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Format: DCP
Sound: 5.1
Year: 2024
Original language: German
Country of production: Germany
Production Companies: SCHRAMM FILM Koerner Weber Kaiser
With the support of: Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM - Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, DFFF - Deutscher Filmförderfonds, FFA - Filmförderungsanstalt


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