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NOVEMBER CHILD (NOVEMBERKIND)

NOVEMBER CHILD
photo © Frank Lamm/Sommerhaus Filmproduktion

Malchow, GDR, 1980. 20-year-old Anne is hiding Juri, a deserter of the Red Army. The two fall in love with each other. But their love is threatened: there is an arrest warrant and possibly a death sentence waiting for Juri. The two leave the country and flee to the West, leaving Anne’s six-month-old daughter Inga behind.

Inga grows up with her grandparents and thinks that her mother died during a swimming accident. 25 years later she meets the literature professor Robert, who sends her on the trail of her past. He met Inga’s mother Anne during one of his seminars.

At first Inga is resistant, but then she asks for Robert’s help. Together they take off on a journey through Germany, in search of Inga’s mother Anne...


Christian Schwochow studied at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. He garnered attention in 2008 with his debut feature film, NOVEMBER CHILD. His two-part TV film THE TOWER (2012) won the prestigious Grimme Award. His second feature film, CRACKS IN THE SHELL (2011), received several accolades, including the German Film Award for Best Supporting Actress. His feature WEST (2013), also won the German Film Award, this time for Best Actress. He then made his debut as a theater director with POISON at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin. The production was awarded with the German Theater Prize for Best Actress. His other films include: BORNHOLMER STRASSE (2014, TV), NSU GERMAN HISTORY X (2016, TV mini-series), PAULA (2016), and the 6-part series BAD BANKS (2018).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Christian Schwochow
Screenplay Heide Schwochow, Christian Schwochow
Cinematography Frank Lamm
Christoph Wermke
Daniel Sus
Natascha Tagwerk
Cast Christina Drechsler, Steffi Kühnert, Christine Schorn, Hermann Beyer, Thorsten Merten, Juliane Köhler, Ulrich Matthes, Anna Maria Mühe, Adrian Topol
Producer Jochen Laube
Production Company Sommerhaus Filmproduktion, in co-production with SWR, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Cine+ Suedwest/Ludwigsburg, Filmemacher Produktion/Berlin
Length 95 min
Format Super 16
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2008 (In Competition)
Awards Audience Award Saarbruecken 2008
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, Filmfoerderung Mecklenburg Vorpommern
German Distributor Schwarz-Weiss Filmverleih/Bonn

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