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4 DAYS IN MAY (4 TAGE IM MAI)

4 DAYS IN MAY
Scene from 4 DAYS IN MAY (photo © X Filme)

4 DAYS IN MAY tells the story of a Soviet captain and a young 13-year-old German boy in the final days of WWII. The two meet as enemies, but there is something that unites them: the war has claimed the lives of both the captain’s son and the boy’s father.

Four days in May, during which time the world holds its breath; four days, which will change the 13-year-old forever. The boy wants to be a soldier and prove himself a hero, but instead, he ends up in the captivity of the captain and his 7-man reconnaissance patrol. They take up their observation post in the orphanage on the coast where the young boy lives. Weary from fighting and in an attempt to avoid any further conflict with German troops on a nearby beach, the captain and his men are all waiting for an end of the war – and start dreaming of life again. But the boy tries to instigate the hostile troops against each other. What he doesn’t suspect, however, is that the real enemy comes from an unexpected side: a Russian major, who has long had it in for the captain. Now the war, which almost seemed to finally be over, moves into the orphanage for one last battle; one which turns brothers into enemies and enemies into brothers.

The end of the war is the end of childhood. A film by Achim von Borries, based on a true story.


Achim von Borries was born in Munich in 1968. He studied History, Political Science and Philosophy in Berlin, followed by studies at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin. Active as a writer and director, he has directed ENGLAND! (2000), LOVE IN THOUGHTS (2004), and 4 DAYS IN MAY (2011). He collaborated on the screenplays to such films as GOOD BYE, LENIN!, THE THREE ROBBERS, MEIN SOMMER MIT MOLOMOK, LILLY THE WITCH - THE JOURNEY TO MANDOLAN, and KARL MAY - PHANTAST.
Genre Drama, History
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Achim von Borries
Screenplay Achim von Borries
Cinematography Bernd Fischer
Cast Pavel Wenzel, Aleksei Guskov, Grigory Dobrygin, Ivan Shvedoff, Sergey Legostaev, Andrey Merzlikin, Maksim Kovalevski, Jevgenij Sitochin, Vladimir Svirski, Gertrud Roll, Angelina Häntsch, Petra Kelling, Merab Ninidze, Alexander Held, Martin Brambach
Producers Stefan Arndt, Aleksei Guskov
Co-Producer Oleg Stepanenko
Production Company X Filme Creative Pool, in co-production with ZAO Studio F.A.F./Moscow, LCC Aurora Production/Kiev, HR/Frankfurt, ARTE, NDR/Hamburg
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Original Version
 German, Russian
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Locarno 2011 (Piazza Grande), CPH:PIX 2012, Seattle 2012, Sao Paulo 2012
With backing from German Federal Film Fund, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board, Landesförderinstitut Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, MEDIA, Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, State Cinematography Office Ukraine
German Distributor X Verleih

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