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Anna's Summer (Annas Sommer)

Anna's Summer
Scene from "Anna's Summer" (photo © Integral Film)

Anna Kastelano is packing up the home that had belonged to her family on a Greek island and is considering putting it up for sale. However, in these familiar surroundings, she is revisited by memories of her own past and that of her Sephardic-Jewish family. Anna has not yet got over the death of her husband Max. She spends the summer on the island, which has become her second home, trying to come to terms with her solitude.

For the first time, she opens the old family chest. Memories and ghosts rise up, with whom she cooks, dances and picks figs. She finds old telegrams relating to the fate of her grandmother Anna. She also discovers the diary of another Anna, her father's first love.

But the present also makes itself felt. Anna meets Nikola and the feelings she experiences intermingle with her mourning and the moving discoveries about her family. Anna is searching for a path through the labyrinth of her history and ultimately decides to assume her place in it. Life goes on.


Jeanine Meerapfel studied at the School of Journalism in Buenos Aires and began her career as an editor and journalist in Argentina. After her studies at the Institute of Film at the Ulm School of Design from 1964 to 1968, she worked as a freelance film critic for several publications. Since 1968 she has worked as a scriptwriter, producer and film director, winning numerous international awards for her work. In 1990 she became Professor for Film and Television at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Her films include: IN THE COUNTRY OF MY PARENTS (1981, documentary), MELEK LEAVES (1985), LA AMIGA (1988), DESEMBARCOS – WHEN MEMORY SPEAKS (1989, documentary), AMIGOMIO (1995), ANNA’S SUMMER (2001), MOSCONI – OR TO WHOM THE WORLD BELONGS (2007, documentary), and MY GERMAN FRIEND (2012).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Jeanine Meerapfel
Screenplay Jeanine Meerapfel
Cinematography Andreas Sinanos
Bernd Euscher
Flores Floridis
Alexander Scherer
Cast Angela Molina, Herbert Knaup, Dimitris Katalifos, Rosana Pastor
Producer Dagmar Jacobsen
Production Company Integral Film/Berlin, in co-production with Malena Films/Berlin, FS Productions/Athens, El Iman/Madrid, in cooperation with WDR, ARTE, Canal+ Spain/Madrid
Length 107 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German/English/Greek/Spanish
Subtitled Versions English, German, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Montreal 2001, Chicago 2001, Washington Jewish Film Festival 2001, Thessaloniki 2001, Hof 2001, Luenen 2001, Berlin 2002 (German Cinema), Mar del Plata 2002 (in competition), Jerusalem 2002, Shanghai 2002
With backing from BKM, Greek Film Center, Ministerio de Educación (Spain), Eurimages
German Distributor Basis-Film Verleih/Berlin

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