Feature Film, 16 Minutes


Lena is faced with a momentous decision: she is pregnant, but is not yet sure whether she should keep the child. Despite this uncertainty, she decides to furnish the room for her supposed future child, but only with objects that she finds on a platform in the “to give away” category. The encounters at the doorsteps reflect loneliness in all its facets. Meanwhile, she begins to reflect on the importance of interpersonal connections and her philosophical inner dialog with her child and herself takes shape. She is emboldened to tackle the biggest decision of her life so far ...

Project Details

Production ifs internationale filmschule köln GmbH
Funding Technical Sponsorship Sony Europe
Genre Dramedy
Production Year 2019
Production Country Germany
Premiere Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, 2020
Picture DCP; DCI-P3; 4K; 2.4:1; 24fps
Sound Dolby 7.1
Camera Sony Venice & ARRI Ultra Primes
More Project Details Crew United
Lena (Shari Asha Crosson) lies on a mattress in a park. She got it for free and wants to use it to furnish the room for her child.


Director Zoe Hagen
Director of Photography / Cinematographer Johannes Schmülling
Producers Zoe Hagen & Johannes Schmülling
Production Management Mike Fuhrmann
Production Design Annika Mechelhoff
Film Editor Christoph Bargfrede
Screenplay Zoe Hagen
Costume Designer Diana Brock
Gaffer Ann-Katrin Pauly
Production Sound Mixer Christoph Bargfrede
Show 14 more artists
1st Camera Assistant Leander Büge
2nd Camera Assistant Carsten Wiechowski
Best Boy Hong Sim
Art Department Assistant Lukas Golletz
Production Manager ✝ Martin Kopischke
Production Coordinator Jens Kaulen
Assistant Production Manager Kathrin Pilarski
Assistant Production Manager Pia Bernards
Production Driver Maximilian Stolz
1st Assistant Director Sarina Laudam
Script Supervisor Dario Haramustek
Sound Design Christoph Bargfrede
Instructor Peter Herrmann
Additional Equipment Sebastian Leske


Lena [LR] Shari Asha Crosson
Young Man [SR] Daniel Bohrer
The Trainer [SR] Olivia Klemke
Old Woman [SR] Margit Laue

Screenings & Awards

»The Mathematics of Things« premiered at the Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, was broadcast on Westdeutscher Rundfunk in 2020, and won the German Young Filmmakers Award in 2021.

Laurel wreath of the Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis from 2020
Logo of Westdeutscher Rundfunk in the ARD network.
Laurel wreath of the German Young Filmmakers Award, awarded by the »Up and Coming Film Festival Hannover
A young woman (Shari Asha Crosson) dances openly and exuberantly in front of a blue-green wall. A string of lights is in the background.