Berlin, December 1948: Ilya Trauberg, a young Soviet director, dies under mysterious circumstances. A year earlier, he had been appointed to the board of DEFA, which later became the largest film studio in the GDR. In a city that in 1948 was a “hot spot“ for conflicts of interest between the socialist East and the capitalist West.
It was only at the end of the 1980s, when she was a teenager, that his granddaughter and director, Darya Khrenova, learnt that Ilya Trauberg was her grandfather. With the death certificate in her hand and the childhood memory of her grandmother‘s meaningful sentence “Ilya was poisoned“, she starts searching for Ilya Trauberg, who seems to have disappeared from the history of cinema, the public and even from his own family.