Konstantin Maria Ferstl, born in 1983 in the Bavarian Altmühltal, lives in Munich, Rome and in the Hallertau. As a descendant of seafarers and tobacco planters, he has a hereditary predisposition to melancholy and addictive behaviour. He studied Direction at the University of Television and Film in Munich. His debut film Trans Bavaria, a road movie in a stolen butcher's van, was released in 2012 and won several awards. For the essay film Finis Terrae with the philosopher Alain Badiou, a cinematic search for the lost utopia, he shot in over twenty countries around the world – including North Korea. He is a graduate of the Script Workshop Munich and was participating in the writing workshop of the Juergen Ponto Foundation. For the manuscript of Die Erfrorenen Lande, he received the Literature Scholarship of the City of Munich in 2019.