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Heimat II (Zweite Heimat, Die)

Heimat II
Scene from "Heimat II" (photo courtesy of Filmmuseum Berlin/Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek)

Hermann Simon, the main character, was born in Schabbach in 1940. Before he leaves his village he swears three oaths: first, never to return to his provincial backyard; second, to devote his whole life to music; third, never to fall in love again, for if love exists, it only happens once in a lifetime. And it happend to him when he was 16! Will Hermann be able to keep to his agenda? He makes friends, he finds those who, like himself, do not want to end their days in the place they were born. "All of them are still like children, like trusting little lambs with woolly coats, but already every second gone by decides on success or failure."


Edgar Reitz was born in 1932 in Morbach and earned degrees Theater and Art History. He was a member of the Oberhausen Group in 1962 and, together with filmmaker Alexander Kluge, co-founder of the Institute for Film in 1963 at the Ulm Academy of Design. A selection of his numerous and highly-acclaimed films includes: MAHLZEITEN (1966), DIE REISE NACH WIEN (1973), DIE STUNDE NULL (1976), DER SCHNEIDER VON ULM (1978), HEIMAT (1982-1984), DIE ZWEITE HEIMAT (1985-1992), DIE NACHT DER REGISSEURE (1994), HEIMAT 3 (2004), HEIMAT - FRAGMENTE (2006), and DIE ANDERE HEIMAT (2013), among others.

Robert Busch is also active as a producer (Edgar Reitz's The Night of the Filmmakers / Die Nacht der Regisseure, 1994, and Heimat 3, 2004) and production manager (Wolfgang Petersen's The Consequence / Die Konsequenz, 1977, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The Marriage of Maria Braun / Die Ehe der Maria Braun, 1979).
Genre Drama
Category TV Movie
Year of Production 1992
Directors Edgar Reitz, Robert Busch
Screenplay Edgar Reitz
Cinematography Christian Reitz, Gernot Roll, Gerard Vandenberg
Susanne Hartmann
Nikos Mamangakis
Cast Henry Arnold, Daniel Smith, Armin Fuchs, László I. Kish, Peter Weiss, Lena Lessing, Martin Maria Blau, Frank Roeth, Salome Kammer, Anke Sevenich, Gisela Mueller, Noemi Steuer, Michael Schoenborn, Hannelore Hoger, Franziska Traub
Producer Edgar Reitz
Production Company Edgar Reitz Filmproduktion
Length 1,532 min
Format 35 mm, color, b&w
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby
Festivals Venice 1992, London 1992, Rotterdam 1993, Goteborg 1993, Natfilm Copenhagen 1993, Dublin 1993, Mannheim 2004
Awards Special Anniversary Award: Golden Lion Venice 1992, Honorary Cultural Award of the City of Munich 1992, David di Donatello Award 1993, Lucchino Visconti Prize 1993, Telestar 1993, Adolf Grimme Award 1993, Baden-Baden Television Award 1993, Golden Gate Award 1994, Europe d'Honneur 1994
With backing from Filmfoerderung Brandenburg
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