The Wolf Saga


They’re a long-running story in the media, and in the debate for and against nature conservation: wolves in Germany. A good reason for a retrospective and for insight into the current situation. Twenty years ago these beasts of prey were spotted in the Lausitz region on the Polish border. In the meantime, wolves have spread throughout the country. The history of their proliferation is the remarkable story of one family, since nearly all the wolves stem from one pair in the Lausitz and their female offspring.

With the help of unique archive footage and fascinating new film material Sebastian Koerner and Herbert Ostwald document the family chronicle of Germany’s wild wolves. A film full of strife and tenderness, bloody conflict and tragic secrets.

Written and directed by: Sebastian Koerner, Herbert Ostwald // Camera: Sebastian Koerner // Film editor: Maximilian Narkovic // Graphics: Andreas Hougardy //Additional footage:      Stephan Kaasche, Friedrich Runck // Music: Mark Joggerst // Commentary: Yvon Jansen // Sound mix & Foley: Alexander Weuffen // Colour correction: Dany Schelby // Production management: Katja Sträter, Dominic Godehardt (MDR) // Producers: Thomas Weidenbach, Sarah Zierul // Commissioning editors: Ralf Fronz (MDR), Ute Beutler (RBB) // Produced by Längengrad Filmproduktion for MDR in collaboration with RBB




  • YEAR 2020
  • LENGTH 45 minutes