Des Teufels Bad


Upper Austria in 1750. A fish pond reflects the overcast sky. A deep, dark forest swallows the sunlight. On a hilltop, the corpse of a hanged woman is displayed. As an example. A warning. An omen? The deeply religious and highly sensitive Agnes regards the dead woman with pity. But also with longing: she feels like a stranger in the world of her husband Wolf, whom she has just married. It is a emotionally cold world consisting of work, chores and expectations. Agnes increasingly withdraws into herself. Her internal prison becomes ever more oppressive, her melancholy more overwhelming. Soon, her only way out seems to be a shocking act of violence.
Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala create a profound and disturbing psychological portrait of a woman made of flesh and bone, sinew and soul, played by Anja Plaschg who, as Soap & Skin, also composed the score. Des Teufels Bad gives a voice to the peasant women who were invisible and unheard at that time and depicts their harsh daily lives defined by religious dogma and taboos whose impact resonates to this day. The film is based on historical court records about a shocking, previously unexplored chapter of European history.


  • Runtime

    121 min
  • Country

    Austria, Germany
  • Year of Presentation

  • Year of Production

  • Director

    Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala
  • Cast

    Anja Plaschg, David Scheid, Maria Hofstätter
  • Production Company

    Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion
  • Berlinale Section

  • Berlinale Category

    Feature Film

dates of presentation

    1. Berlinale Palast

      Am Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 1
      10785 Berlin

    1. Verti Music Hall

      Mercedes-Platz 2
      10243 Berlin

    2. Verti Music Hall

      Mercedes-Platz 2
      10243 Berlin

    1. Berlinale Palast

      Am Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 1
      10785 Berlin

Biography Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala

Veronika Franz was born in Vienna, Austria in 1965 and began her career as a film journalist. Since 1997, she has worked with the director and film producer Ulrich Seidl as an artistic collaborator and screenwriter. Severin Fiala was born in 1985 and studied screenwriting and directing at the Vienna Film Academy. The two first worked together on the documentary Kern, about the actor and director Peter Kern. They then made the psycho thriller Ich seh ich seh, which premiered at Venice in 2014, and the English-language film The Lodge (2019).

Filmography Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala

2012 Kern | 2014 Dreh und Trink | 2014 Ich seh ich seh | 2017 Sünderinnen vom Höllfall | 2019 The Lodge | 2021 Servant | 2022 Servant | 2024 Des Teufels Bad (The Devil's Bath)