A healing story – interwoven with music, martial art, dance and shamanism.

A music film by Andreas Rochholl

After a traumatic brain injury, a singer realizes on her way into the operating room, that she can’t remember the lyrics of her own song anymore. This song is her highest treasure. In the moment of the narcosis, she receives unexpected help. An irrational path leads into the secret realm between death and life.


(med.:) A sutura is a type of fibrous joint which only occurs in the skull.


previously unreleased

Patient     •     Rilli Willow, Voice
Anaesthetist, shaman     •     Sabrina Ma, Percussion
Monk     •      Jie Rui Zhang, Shaolin Kung Fu
Walnut woman     •       Zoé Cartier, Cello
The bound ballerina     •      Bettina Thiel, Dance
The freezing sexton         Jan Gerdes, Piano
Surgeon          Christian Banzhaf
Anaesthetist     •     Ulf Adler
Nurse     •       Tatjana Pieper
Violinist     •     Benedikt Bindewald
Guitarist     •     Jobst Liebrecht

Script, Director and Editor    •     Andreas Rochholl
Camera     •      Philipp Griess
Costume      •     Sabine Gallei
Sound Recording      •     Volker Wendisch
Sound Mixing       •     Daniel Weingarten
Color Grading      •      Stefan Reiss
Make-up Artist       •     Wiebke Reich
Consigliere, Location Manager       •     Susanna Poldauf
Production Assistant      •     Ortrun Stanzel
Director Assistant      •     Alessandro Lanzillotti
Camera Assistant and Gaffer       •     Gregor Reinbold
Costume Assistant       •     Birte Sieckmann
Brushless Gimbal Operator       •     Jürgen Hohmuth
Prop master       •     Alessandro Lanzillotti
Set Photographer       •     Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

Duration     •     13:52 min.
Camera      •     RED ONE MX
Screen ratio     •     16:9 letterbox (looks 2,35 : 1)
Sound format     •     Stereo

Year of production     •     2014

with a two-sentence-dialogue in Hebrew and Chinese

With support from Universitätsmedizin Greifswald

Special Thanks to:
Simone Leona Hueber, Maja Slansky, Elisabeth-Catharina Oerding, Silke Schönberg, Ralf Martens

Music-Excerpts from:

Sonata for Solo Cello by György Ligeti
Composed 1948-1953
Zoé Cartier – Cello
Music rights: Schott Music, Mainz
Etude-Tableau op. 39 No.1 by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Composed 1916
Jan Gerdes – Piano
Music rights: Boosey & Hawkes, Berlin

Music and lyrics by Rilli Willow
Rilli Willow – vocals, Zoé Cartier – Cello, Jobst Liebrecht – Guitar, Benedikt Bindewald – Violine
Music rights: Rilli Willow, Tel Aviv
Percussion Improvisation
Sabrina Ma – Framedrum, Crotales, Drums

Supported by the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Senate Chancellery, Cultural Affairs
In Coproduction with Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin