Stefan Butzmühlen, Cristina Diz

Germany 81 min Fiction


Carlos is spending the summer in the country with his family in order to help out with things. Perhaps he won’t even be returning to the capital, as economic prospects are hardly rosy there either. Extremadura on the other hand, sparsely populated and for a long time one of the most neglected regions in Europe, is experiencing a tentative upturn. Tourism and modernisation rub shoulders with almost archaic customs and a conservative, mostly elderly population here. The central theme is the love story between the newly returned Carlos and the young policeman Juan. Sleepless Knights depicts all this in casual, unobtrusive fashion, in images that have at times a truly otherworldly beauty.


Stefan Butzmühlen

Stefan Butzmuehlen studied Acting at the Vienna Conservatory, during which time he also started making films. After experience as a director’s assistant, he started studying Directing at the Konrad Wolf University of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg in 2007.

Filmography: Radiant Sea (2015), Sleepless Knights (2012, D'A 2013), Nach Klara (2010, curt)

Stefan Butzmühlen

Cristina Diz

Barcelona, 1983. She studied Audiovisual Communication in Barcelona and Berlin. Sleepless Knights is her fiction debut following the documentary Ich bin Alleine nach Berlin Gefahren. Wie soll ich mich nennen? (2011).

Filmography: Sleepless Knights (2012)

Cristina Diz

Film information

Original Title: Sleepless Knights
Director: Stefan Butzmühlen, Cristina Diz
Script: Stefan Butzmühlen, Cristina Diz
Contact: Editions Salzgeber
With: Raúl Godoy, Jaime Pedruelo, Ángel Muñoz Ruiz
Country: Germany
Year: 2012
Format: Digital
Length: 81 min
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Edition: 2013