Butenland (2020)


The story of a dairy farmer turned activist who converted his farm into the first retirement home for cows.


Marc Pierschel


Marc Pierschel
1 win. See more awards »

Production Notes from IMDbPro

Status: Completed | See complete list of  »
Updated: 1 November 2019
More Info: See more production information about this title on IMDbPro.




Credited cast, sorted by IMDb STARmeter:
Karen Duve Karen Duve ... Herself
Karin Mück Karin Mück ... Herself
Hilal Sezgin Hilal Sezgin ... Herself
Jan Gerdes Jan Gerdes ... Himself
Matthias Antlfinger Matthias Antlfinger ... Himself
Indira Eulner Indira Eulner ... Herself
Ute Hörner Ute Hörner ... Herself
Oliver Janssens Oliver Janssens ... Himself
Gabriele Missalla Gabriele Missalla ... Herself
Marlies Veen Marlies Veen ... Herself
Annika Werb Annika Werb ... Herself


Jan Gerdes is a third-generation dairy farmer, but he struggles with his conscience when the milk yield decreases and he has to sell his cows to the slaughterhouse. After suffering a burn-out, he decides to give up his farm. On the day his last cows are due to be transported to the slaughterhouse, he finds that there's no room for twelve of the cows. Instead of ordering another transport, he and his partner Karin Mück decide to keep them. This is the birth of 'Hof Butenland' - the first cow retirement home in Germany. In the early 80s, Karin was one of the first activists to rescue dogs, cats and other animals from vivisection laboratories - actions that ultimately led to her arrest and imprisonment. Paul was supposed to be slaughtered at the age of two months because of calf flu, Uschi because she refused to be milked; Lillja almost did not survive the birth of her first calf. On Butenland, they live together with many former farmed animals in an environment where they are equal to ... Written by blackrabbit images

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Official Sites:

official site





Release Date:

6 February 2020 (Germany) See more »


Box Office


EUR50,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Blackrabbit Images See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1



Aspect Ratio:

See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed