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Olga's Summer (Olgas Sommer)

Olga's Summer
Clémence Poésy (photo © MTM West)

Olga is 16 and ready. For life, love, adventure – anything else than her boring family in a tedious town that lies just off a highway. Olga's got a dream: Tangiers. And she's got principles, even if they're not of the traditional sort. "Only wild men are for loving" is one of them, "Take everything you can get" is another. So when she finds an unconscious man in a wrecked car one day, it all just clicks. He, burned-out comic-book author Daniel, is the man who's come to take her away from Smallsville. So what that he says he killed his wife in a fit of rage? So what that he drove off the road to commit suicide? Perky, persistent Olga gets her way – and off they go on a journey that will lead them to the sea, as well as to moments of bliss and happiness, and to the realization that a dream's worst enemy is reality. While Daniel accepts this, Olga sets out for Tangiers, a mythical place that exists only in her dreams…

Director Nina Grosse (Fire Rider) has crafted a sensitive road movie that bares the raw emotions and longings of a young girl (Clémence Poésy) determined to grow up, and of a world-weary man (Bruno Todeschini) seduced by the freshness of youth and innocence.


Nina Grosse studied Directing at the University of Television & Film Munich (HFF/M) from 1981-1987. Her graduation film DER GLÄSERNE HIMMEL was nominated for a German Film Award in 1987 and won the Bavarian Film Award 1988. Her feature NIE IM LEBEN (1990, co-director Helmut Berger) won the Max-Ophüls Award 1991 and another German Film Award nomination. Since then, she was mainly active as a writer and director of TV productions, for example the award-winning THE LOST SON (2008). Her other theatrical features include FIRE RIDER (1997), OLGA’S SUMMER (2002), and THE WEEKEND (2012).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2003
Director Nina Grosse
Screenplay Nina Grosse, Harald Goeckeritz
Cinematography Benedict Neuenfels
Jens Klueber
Stefan Schoenberg
Cast Sunnyi Melles, Katja Flint, Hanns Zischler, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Sebastian Blomberg, Bruno Todeschini, Clémence Poésy
Producers Peter Herrmann, Bettina Scheuren
Production Company MTM West/Cologne, in co-production with Mact Productions/Paris, MTM Medien & Television/Munich
Length 105 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2004 (opening film), Moscow 2004 (In Competition), Denver 2004
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, CNC

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