-- | 1h 36m | 2015
A luxury hotel somewhere in the Arab conflict zone. Outside, tanks surround the building; inside, German development aid worker Dorothea (Maria Furtwängler) is waiting for the war in the neighboring country to end. She’s a freelancer, busy coordinating an aid project that grants scholarships to refugee girls to study at a London College. In order to raise the necessary funds, she hosts charity receptions und gala dinners, successfully wooing the ambassadors of rich countries for support. At one of these events she meets Alec (Mehmet Sözer), a much younger drifter, who is only too happy to accept Dorothea’s material support as “payment in kind”. But what starts as a sweet distraction becomes perilous when the project starts to flounder. The refugee tents on the closed border are empty and the only girl eligible for the scholarship has disappeared. When Headquarters arrives on the scene, in the person of Dorothea’s boss Aurelie (Anne von Keller), and casts doubt on the extension of her contract, Dorothea develops a sudden distaste for Alec’s parasitic lifestyle. As her professional and private lives become increasingly entangled, Dorothea comes dangerously close to losing control.