A vicious serial killer is targeting prostitutes in Vienna, Austria. A tough young woman from Turkey, who works as a taxi driver, witnesses one of the murders and becomes a target. The police are of no help, so she must stop him herself.


Stefan Ruzowitzky


Martin Ambrosch
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Violetta Schurawlow ... Özge Dogruol
Tobias Moretti ... Christian Steiner
Sammy Sheik ... Saeed el Hadary
Friedrich von Thun ... Karl Steiner
Robert Palfrader Robert Palfrader ... Samir Mirca
Stefan Pohl ... Petrovic
Verena Altenberger ... Ranya
Murathan Muslu ... Ilhan
Elif Nisa Uyar Elif Nisa Uyar ... Ada
Deniz Cooper Deniz Cooper ... Adem
Michaela Schausberger Michaela Schausberger ... Sabine
Stephani Burkhard Stephani Burkhard ... Nazan
Carola Pojer Carola Pojer ... Monika
Erika Deutinger Erika Deutinger ... Frau Öfferl
Gerda Drabek Gerda Drabek ... Frauenhausbetreiberin


Özge Dogruol is a young woman who left Turkey to find a better life for herself in Austria. She finds work as a cab driver in its capital, Vienna, but frequently faces hostility and intolerance from both her customers and the local police. In order to vent, she takes kickboxing classes and never backs down from a fight, even with police officers, if necessary, to make things right. Meanwhile, the city is plagued by a sadistic serial killer with seemingly religious motives, who targets, tortures and murders a very specific kind of prostitutes. On her way from work one day, Özge witnesses the murder of her next door neighbor, the serial killer's latest victim, and sees the killers face. Unfortunately, he notices Özge as well and tries to kill her. Özge turns to the police, where she's met only with skepticism. Failing to kill her, the killer goes after her extended family in Vienna next, which forces Özge to find a way to stop him herself, and her only ally is a lone police detective ...

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Action | Crime | Thriller


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The film's alternate title "Cold Hell" refers to Zamhareer, the cold part of Jahannam. Jahannam is the Islamic equivalent of Hell. See more »

Crazy Credits

In the very end of closing titles the phrase sounds (as a voiceover) that for the first time is said by the lead when she looks in the mirror while in the hospital: "Ich bring dich um" (i.e. "I'll kill you"). See more »


Piano Sonata No. 23 in f minor Op. 57 Appassionata 3 movement
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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captivating and varied action thriller, but partly unpleasant to watch
12 November 2019 | by marioprmpiSee all my reviews


  • thrilling and entertaining
  • acting performance (roles well selected and played)

  • too much family drama
  • actions partly illogical/incomprehensible

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Germany | Austria



Release Date:

19 January 2017 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Cold Hell See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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