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+++ SUN AND CONCRETE by David Wnendt, based on Felix Lobrecht's eponymous bestseller, won Best Film at the 19th Festival of German Films Ludwigshafen +++


Elephants can be sad, empathetic, joyful, and angry; they are among the few species which can cry. Elephants live with each other, fight with each other, and play with each other. They are inseparable. That is why they are the eponyms of our company. They symbolize the values we stand for.

We are the directors Julia von Heinz, Erik Schmitt, David Wnendt, and the producer Fabian Gasmia. We are an association of highly ambitious filmmakers, focusing all our energy on creating movies that are artistic, entertaining, and emotional. Our goal is to create sophisticated and intelligent stories that connect with a large audience.




Status: completed

Director: David Wnendt

Writers: David Wnendt, Felix Lobrecht

Producers: Seven Elephants

Cast: Levy Rico Arcos, Aaron Maldonado Morales, Vincent Wiemer, Rafael Luis Klein-Hessling, Lucio101, Luvre47

Distributor DE: Contantin Film

World Sales: Moonrise Pictures

Seven days in the life of a group of 15-year-old boys in Berlin-Neukölln, as they search for weed, girls, and a scheme to steal their school's computers.

The film premiered at the Berlinale Special Gala 2023 and received four nominations at the German Film Awards 2023, amongst others Best Film and Best Screenplay.


Status: in post-production

Director: Julia von Heinz

Writers: Julia von Heinz, John Quester

Producers: Seven Elephants, Kings&Queens Filmproduktion, Haïku Films, Lava Films

Cast: Lena Dunham, Stephen Fry, Zbigniew Zamachowski

Distributor DE: Alamode Film

World Sales: FilmNation

Poland, 1990 – American music journalist Ruth takes her father Edek, a Holocaust survivor, on a journey to his childhood haunts, hoping to make sense of her family's troubled past. When Edek, reluctant to face his trauma, undermines their trip with his unpredictable and more eccentric than usual demeanor, Ruth is forced to challenge him and the values with which he raised her.

Julia von Heinz
Film Director

Julia is a critically and commercially acclaimed director and screenwriter from Germany. She has showcased her work at numerous festivals, including the Berlin International Film Festival. She won the German Film Award for Best Young Adult Film with her debut feature, "Nothing Else Matters," in 2007, and the German Television Award for Best Director with her biopic "Katharina Luther" in 2017. Her film "And Tomorrow the Entire World" premiered at the Venice International Film Festival 2020 and was nominated as Best Film at the German Film Awards 2021. Julia earned her PhD at the Film University Konrad Wolf Babelsberg and currently teaches film directing at the University of Film and Television Munich.


Erik Schmitt
Film Director

Erik's films have been selected at 300 festivals, including the Berlinale, Sao Paulo, Melbourne, Shanghai, Hamptons, BFI, and more, winning over 100 awards at venues such as Seattle, Newport, RiverRun, Chicago, Emden, and others.

His feature film debut, "Cleo," opened the Generation KPLUS section at Berlinale 2019 and was showcased at festivals worldwide. In 2020, Schmitt was part of the international jury for the Berlinale Generation KPLUS.

David Wnendt
Film Director

David's powerful debut film "Combat Girls" won him three German Film Awards and the Prix Genève-Europe for Best Screenplay. His second film, "Wetlands," an adaptation of Charlotte Roche’s bestselling novel, premiered at Sundance 2014 and was well received by the international press. Over two million people flocked to cinemas to see David’s third film "Look Who's Back," which was nominated for Best Comedy at the European Film Awards. David returned to Sundance in 2019 with his film "The Sunlit Night," starring Jenny Slate, Gillian Anderson, and Zach Galifianakis. "Sun and Concrete," his adaptation of the bestselling novel by Felix Lobrecht, premiered at Berlinale Special 2023.

Fabian Gasmia

Fabian is an alumnus of Filmuniversität Babelsberg, Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris, and ACE. He entered the international co-production arena with DETAiLFILM, co-producing numerous award-winning films that played at festivals worldwide and were sold globally. These include "Personal Shopper" – which won Olivier Assayas the Best Director award in Cannes –, "L’Avenir" – which won Mia Hansen-Løve a Silver Bear as Best Director in Berlinale competition –, and Léos Carax's "Annette," which opened the Cannes 2021 in Official Competition. To further strengthen his reach throughout Europe, he initiated a joint venture with Lars von Trier’s Zentropa Entertainments in 2015 before starting the artist-led production house, Seven Elephants, in 2018.

Fabian serves as the president of the Franco-German Film Academy and as a board member of Berlin's film school dffb. He regularly teaches at film schools and is a frequent guest speaker at international panels.

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Katja Lebedjewa
Finance & Administration

Katja obtained a master's degree in Business Communication Management before attending the post-graduate program at Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris. She gained extensive experience in the production department before specializing in financial and accounting aspects. In this role, she executed and supervised project accounting and controlling for various national and international productions.

At Seven Elephants, Katja manages finances, day-to-day operations, and oversees physical production.

Leo Merkel
Production & Coordination

Leo grew up in Berlin and discovered his love for films through the local arthouse cinema scene. He studied Visual Communication at the Bauhaus University Weimar and completed the post-graduate program Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris to deepen his understanding of international film financing and production.

At Seven Elephants, Leo supports the development of new projects, supervises funding applications, and coordinates production events.

Jana Früh
Assistant to Line Producer

Jana discovered her love for film at around 10 years old through her father's old video camera and by making self-made music videos with friends, featuring dance routines to Britney Spears songs, of course. She studied journalism in Bremen and, after earning a Master’s Degree in Producing Film and Television from Royal Holloway University of London, she went on to work as a production manager in the documentary sector, primarily producing films for the German Public Broadcaster ARD. In search of new challenges, she decided to pursue her fascination for cinema and transitioned to feature film production at the beginning of 2021.


Status: completed

Director: Julia von Heinz

Writers: Julia von Heinz, John Quester

Producers: Seven Elephants, Kings&Queens Filmproduktion, Haïku Films

Cast: Mala Emda, Luisa-Céline Gaffron, Noah Saavedra, Tonio Schneider, Andreas Lust

Distributor DE: Alamode Film

World Sales: Films Boutique

Germany is struck by a series of violent racist terror attacks. Luisa, a 20-year-old, joins a subdivision of Antifa to oppose the rising neo-Nazi movement. With her reckless actions, she not only fights against the extreme right but also tries to impress Alfa, an Antifa activist with whom she is secretly in love. Soon, things escalate, and Luisa and her friends clash over whether violence can ever be a legitimate answer to fascism and hatred.

The film premiered in the Official Competition at the Venice International Film Festival in 2020, and it was nominated as Best Film at the German Film Awards 2021



Seven Elephants GmbH

+49 (0)30 98 440 940

Bergmannstraße 106

10961 Berlin


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