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Ramstein – The pierced heart

The Ramstein Air Show disaster in the summer of 1988 is one of the biggest tragedies in German post-war history. Against the background of the devastating collision between three fighter planes on the Open Day at the US base, RAMSTEIN –THE PIERCED HEART tells the story of four families and their fates: three visitors to the Air Show who lost their loved ones in the massive inferno, and the emergency doctor who can never forget the sight of the dead and injured. They all suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

Only years after the catastrophe did they finally have the opportunity to discuss their experiences and process the trauma in a specially-created survivors’ group. Meanwhile, a team of investigators commissioned by the German Ministry to investigate the background to the air crash uncovers massive failings in the safety provisions and rescue operation. In terms of the political responsibility borne by the German and American authorities, the investigators come up against a wall of silence and attempts to hush up everything that happened…


Drama | 90 min. | SWR | 2021
Written by Holger Karsten Schmidt
Director Kai Wessel
Camera Holly Fink

Executive Producer Simone Höller, Michael Smeaton
Producer Greta Gilles
Cast Max Hubacher, Trystan Pütter, Elisa Schlott, Jan Krauter, Alina Stiegler, Ron Helbig, Oliver Reinhard, Therese Hämer et al.


Awards, Competitions & Festivals

Filmfest München

In competition for the ‘Bernd Burgemeister Fernsehpreis’ 2022

Festival des deutschen Films

In competition for the ‚Rheingold Publikumspreis‘ in Ludiwgshafen 2022

Banff World Media Festival

In competition for the ‚Rockie Award‘ in Banff (Canada) 2023

Festival de la Fiction

In competition at the ‚Festival de la Fiction‘ in La Rochelle 2023

Der Deutsche Fernsehpreis

In competition for the ‚Best TV Movie‘ in Cologne 2023