The Story

Seen as hopeless cases, they live in a run-down boarding house by the name of ANNELIE. A true story about a real place, where in 2012 the unthinkable happens: reality as we know it comes to an end.

ANNELIE is an old boarding house in Munich that has long since fallen into disrepair. When paying customers stopped coming, it was leased by the City as temporary accommodation for homeless people and welfare cases. But “temporary” has turned into more than a decade for some residents, and the long wait has inevitably brought some strange characters together. All seen as beyond hope, jobless for years, ANNELIE is their home.

MAX is one of them. He used to be an actor, a child star in fact, but now he’s a junkie and applies his talent solely to professional sponging. Another resident runs a struggleing kiosk, and his other half keeps them both in the black by selling her body. Max finds hope for a new beginning when he begins an affair with the beautiful owner of a swingers’ club, but an incident with a dead body turns everything upside down. In 2012, the City decides to close ANNELIE down and demolish the whole building, swingers’ club and all. The news sends the residents into a panic.

While Max’s drug addiction drags him ever lower, the other members of the unlikely ANNELIE family – drunks, junkies, small-time crooks, poachers – must pull together one last time. With the determination of people who have nothing left to lose, they kidnap a famous rock band. The story builds to a bizarre climax in which bitter reality reveals itself to be a fleeting dream.