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Invention of Curried Sausage, The (Entdeckung der Currywurst, Die)

Invention of Curried Sausage, The
Scene from "The Invention of Curried Sausage" (photo © TAG/TRAUM Filmproduktion)

During the last throes of the war, Lena Bruecker is 47 years old. Her children have left the roost and her husband has been stationed on the eastern front for years - without any regret on her part. Life almost appears to be over for her – as far as love and passion are concerned – when Lena is given an unexpected new lease on life.

After an evening in a movie theater, which, as usual, ends up in an air-raid shelter, she takes Petty Officer Bremer home with her. Just like that – she is suddenly in a mood to show everything she has got left. She cooks for the young man, who reminds her of her son, and shares a drink with him. It turns out to be a nice evening, which suddenly turns into more. Lena offers him a place to stay – first only for the night, but then for good. Facing the cold, hopeless front as an alternative, Bremer decides to desert in the morning.

He now places himself at the mercy of a woman he barely knows, as Lena's apartment becomes an island, on which both of them enjoy drifting: Bremer, too young to die in the final battle of a hopeless war, and Lena, who is still young enough to feel her passion for life. An unusual and dramatic love affair unfolds, leaving the war outside the apartment door – despite its constant dangers. However, the larger threat to Lena's new life turns out to be the impending peace.

Thus, she is hiding the fact that Germany has capitulated from Bremer and is virtually holding him prisoner in her home-made war game. When the truth comes out, unplanned and suddenly, Bremer takes off, just as Lena has always feared. At first, Lena is beside herself until she realizes that this elapsed love has been fruitful anyway...


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 2008
Director Ulla Wagner
Screenplay Ulla Wagner
Cinematography Theo Bierkens
Corina Dietz
Christine Aufderhaar
Benedikt Herforth
Cast Barbara Sukowa, Alexander Khuon, Wolfgang Boeck, Branko Samarovski, Astrid Meyerfeldt, Götz Schubert
Producer Gerd Haag
Production Company TAG/TRAUM Filmproduktion/Cologne, in co-production with KAENGURUH-Film/Berlin, in cooperation with Ego Media/Riga
Length 105 min
Format Super 16
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Montreal 2008 (In Competition)
Awards Best Actress (Barbara Sukowa) Montreal 2008
With backing from German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, Nordmedia
German Distributor Schwarz-Weiss Filmverleih/Bonn

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