Return to Montauk

A film by Volker Schlöndorff


In every life there is one love that will never be forgotten, however hard you may try. Author Max Zorn (Stellan Skarsgård) arrives in New York to promote a new novel. His young wife Clara (Susanne Wolff) arrived a few months earlier to help with the book's release in the United States. In the novel, Max talks about the demise of a passionate love affair in this same city 17 years ago. He runs into Rebecca (Nina Hoss), the woman in question, almost by chance. They decide to spend one more weekend together in Montauk, a small fishing village at the end of Long Island. They return there full of hope and regrets.


Max: Stellan Skarsgård
Rebecca: Nina Hoss
Clara: Susanne Wolff
Lindsey: Isi Laborde
Rachel: Bronagh Gallagher
Roderick: Malcom Adams
Mark MacDonald: Mathias Sander
With the participation of Niels Arestrup as Walter


Directed by: Volker Schlöndorff
Written by: Colm Tóibín, Volker Schlöndorff
Produced by: Regina Ziegler, Volker Schlöndorff, Francis Boespflug, Stéphane Parthenat, Sidonie Dumas, Conor Barry
Cinematography: Jérôme Alméras
Production design: Sebastian Soukup
Costume design: Majie Pötschke, Angela Wendt
Make-up: Barbara Kreuze, Alexandra Mebedynski
Sound: Jean-Paul Mugel, Sélim Azzazi, Olivier Dô Hùu
Editing: Hervé Schneid
Film score: Max Richter
Original music: Thomas Bartlett, Caoimhin O'Raghallaigh
Line producers: Holger Reibiger, Sabine Shenk
Executive producer: Hartmut Köhler
Coproducers: Til Schweiger, Tom Zickler, Christoph Liedke, Marc Gabizon, John Keville, Mike Downey, Sam Taylor, Rainer Kölmel

Production information

A Ziegler Film, Volksfilm, Pyramide Productions, gaumont, Savage Productions, Barefoot Films, Senator Film Produktion production
In coproduction with Film & Music Entertainment, Starhaus Filmproduktion
Coproduced by WDR, BR, ARTE France Cinéma
In association with WDR/ARTE
With the participation of ARTE France
Supported by Eurimages, Filmförderungsanstalt/FF, Deutscher Filmförderfonds/DFFF, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Bord Scannán na hÉireann/The Irish Film Board, Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image animée

Technical information

Germany - France - Ireland
Year of production: 2017
Length: 106 mn

Festivals and awards

Official Selection Berlin 2017 - Competition