The young reporter Madeline - in search of her first big story - is set by her boss on a very special case. In the city of Bad Weissbach there is an unsolved series of murders for 15 years, about which she has to report. At present the case is up to date again. Nothing is known about the culprit, except that the person has long blond hair, is dressed all in black and you only hear the voice of a woman. No face, no DNA, the police is already in the dark for a very long time. On the spot, she meets Ben Wagner, a young commissioner who has made it a personal mission to kill the "phantom" - as the killer is called by the inhabitants. Initially, the rather cold commissioner is not thrilled to have an inexperienced reporter by his side, but soon they will go together on a dangerous mission that will push them to the limit of their potential and let's them uncover the horrible truth behind the PHANTOM .
This movie was shot in 17 days between December 2017 and April 2018. See more »
As you know, as a freelance filmmaker you have few opportunities to get funding, but Stephan always manages to make the best of the few resources available. "Phantom" clearly differs from his previous work in terms of style, presentation and story and that's very good! So he succeeds in a thriller, although in some points also like to 007, but it encourages to think and take care, because you will learn only in the last 5 minutes, who did it in the end. You really have to be careful because you would not guess who it really is.
Stephan sets his characters very strong and you realize how important character development is to him. The young reporter Madeline starts as an inexperienced scriptwriter, who is looking for her first big story and is changed by the events, while the young commissioner Wagner, whom Stephan plays this time, sometimes allows feelings from the hard, emotionless guy through her.
You really have a story - albeit not entirely new - that is captivating and thrilling, and the new actors Melanie and Stephan Finger are doing a great job! They are supported by great supporting actors who make "Phantom" a round thing!
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