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Anna Wunder

Anna Wunder
Scene from "Anna Wunder" (photo courtesy of Pandora Film)

A small town in Germany, in the early 1960s, a summer full of surprises. The eleven-year-old Anna has everything but a sheltered upbringing. Her whining brother Rolli always in tow, she increasingly has to take care of her mother Sophie. Sophie is a sensitive but frail woman who tends to drown her sorrows in alcohol. While Sophie uses her seductive powers to turn every man's head in the bars she goes to, Anna has no bigger wish than a real father.When Anna asks about him, she finds out about Sophie's great love and despair: Fritz, the hero who returned from one war only to leave for the next one, died long ago. But the quick-tempered Franz suddenly turns out to be his brother. Anna now has an uncle, at least. He is heavily courting Sophie, but she has no interest in him at all. Meanwhile young Micky is starting to woo Anna. Anna feels that much could be discovered there if it weren't for the worsening situation of her family. Sophie kills herself with alcohol, but before she does so, she confesses to Anna: Fritz is still alive, and somewhere in France. So Anna makes a decision. She grabs Micky's seabag and a picture of Fritz and sets out for France to find her father.


Ulla Wagner studied Theater, Journalism and German Studies in Berlin. Since 1981, she has worked in film and television: as a director\'s assistant, dramaturge, writer and director. Her films include: Regenbogenprinz, Unzeit, Max Mal Vier, Error, Aus und vorbei, Anna Wunder, and The Invention of Curried Sausage (Die Entdeckung der Currywurst, 2008).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Ulla Wagner
Screenplay Ulla Wagner
Cinematography Jolanta Dylewska
Lilo Gerber
Thomas Osterhoff
Cast Alice Deekeling, Renée Soutendijk, Stephan Dellgruenn, Götz Schubert, Hanspeter Mueller, Marlon Kittel, Imogen Kogge, Filip Peeters
Producers Karl Baumgartner, Christoph Friedel, Raimond Goebel
Production Company Pandora Film Produktion, in co-production with Peter Reichenbach, C Films/Zurich, in association with ARTE, WDR, SRF/Zurich
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
With backing from Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, Bundesamt fuer Kultur des Eidgenoessischen Departements des Inneren
German Distributor Basis-Film Verleih/Berlin

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