His Parents

Directors: Katharina Köster & Katrin Nemec

Documentary, 2024

German cinema release

September 2024

Press material

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The media call their son the “patient killer.” He was given a life sentence for his numerous crimes. Life goes on for his parents Ulla and Didi Högel but nothing is the same as before. They must accept the bitter truth, figure out how to cope with everyday life and reposition themselves in relation to their child. A compelling, precisely observed film about parenthood and love. (Ysabel Fantou, DOK.fest Munich)

Festivals and Awards

Nominated for the VFF Documentary Film Production Award 2024

Int. DOK.fest Munich 2024
– German Competition
– Winner of
kinokino Audience Award at DOK.fest Munich (sponsored by BR and 3sat)


Authors and directors –
Katharina Köster & Katrin Nemec

Production –

TV Broadcaster –
ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel

Funded by –
FFF Bayern

DoP –
Tobias Tempel

Film Editor –
Miriam Märk

Sound –
Björn Rothe

Composer –
Cico Beck

Sound design –
Cornelia Böhm

Sound mix –
Andrew Mottl

Color correction –
Andi Lautil
Stefan Andermann


Production –

Length –
79 min.