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Luce, Wanda, Yelena - It Wasn't Their War (Luce, Wanda, Jelena - Es war nicht ihr Krieg)

Luce, Wanda, Yelena -  It Wasn't Their War

An Italian woman, a Norwegian woman and a Russian woman break off their studies during the Second World War to go to Germany. The Italian is a Fascist, the Russian a Communist, and the Norwegian sympathises with the bourgeois anti-Nazi resistance. The three young women are drawn by varying motives, but they have one thing in common: that they see the terror of Hitler's Germany as a personal challenge. Fifty years on, the three women travel once more by the old routes to Germany to trace the events from back then. Their memories, commentaries and observations give form in the montage to a record of memory with changing perspectives, a kind of diary of the war in which the three women had uncompromisingly interfered. Luce d'Eramo lives today as a writer in Rome, Wanda Heger as a retired social education worker in Oslo, Jelena Rshevskaya as a writer in Moscow.


Renate Stegmueller studied Journalism, Theater Studies and History of Art and has also been making documentaries since 1970 with the focus on literary and contemporary issues. She worked together with her husband Raimund Koplin on the feature Schnelles Geld (1981) and numerous other documentaries.

Raimund Koplin studied Journalism, Theater Studies and History of Art and has been making documentaries since 1970 with the focus on literary and contemporary issues. He worked together with his wife Renate Stegmueller on the feature film Schnelles Geld (1981) and has also collaborated on numerous documentaries.
Genre History
Category Documentary
Year of Production 1994
Directors Renate Stegmueller, Raimund Koplin
Screenplay Renate Stegmueller, Raimund Koplin
Cinematography Thomas Plenert
Regina Forstner
Cast Luce d\'Eramo, Wanda Heger, Jelena Rschewskaja
Producer Renate Stegmueller
Production Company Renate Stegmueller Filmproduktion, in co-production with WDR, Bayerischer Rundfunk, SFB/Berlin
Length 100 min
Format 16 mm, color
Original Version
 German
With backing from Hamburger Filmbuero
German Distributor Basis-Film Verleih/Berlin

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