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Scene from THE POLL DIARIES (photo © Kordes & Kordes Film Produktion)

On the eve of World War I, 14-year-old Oda von Siering returns to Poll, her family home on the Baltic coast, a region uneasily shared by Germans, Russians and Estonians. With her are the mortal remains of her mother, who passed away in Berlin. Awaiting the bright and inquisitive girl are her father Ebbo, an eccentric scientist with a dubious interest in racial breeding; her aunt Milla, who flees reality through music and affairs; and other members of her aristocratic German family, who are clinging to their privileges in a world on the brink of disaster. Upon finding a wounded Estonian anarchist on the estate, the passionate, impulsive Oda fearlessly hides him and secretly nurses him back to health, aware that her deed could trigger a chain reaction of uncontrollable violence.

THE POLL DIARIES hauntingly evokes the end-of-days atmosphere of a doomed society at the crossroads of the German and Russian Empires in the early years of the 20th century.

Chris Kraus was already a noted scriptwriter before making his debut as a director with SHATTERED GLASS (2002), which was awarded two Bavarian Film Prizes, among other awards. His second film, FOUR MINUTES (2006), was one of the most successful German films of the past years and won over 60 German and international awards. His third film, THE POLL DIARIES (2011), won almost 20 prizes, including four German Film Awards, three Bavarian Film Prizes, one Bambi Award and numerous festival accolades all over Europe. Kraus is also a distinguished opera director (Premio Abbiati for his Fidelio in Reggio Emilia).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2010
Director Chris Kraus
Screenplay Chris Kraus
Cinematography Daniela Knapp
Uta Schmidt
Annette Focks
Silke Buhr
Cast Edgar Selge, Paula Beer, Richy Müller, Jeanette Hain, Tambet Tuisk
Producers Meike Kordes, Alexandra Kordes
Co-Producers Chris Kraus, Riina Sildos, Danny Krausz, Kurt Stocker
Production Company Kordes & Kordes Film, in co-production with Dor Film, Amrion/Tallinn, SWR, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE, ARD Degeto, ORF/Vienna
Length 134 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Toronto 2010, Rome 2010 (In Competition), Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo 2010, Tallinn Black Nights 2010, Palm Springs 2011, Göteborg 2011, Seattle 2011, Shanghai 2011, SANFIC Santiago de Chile 2011, Cambridge 2011, Listapad Minsk 2011
Awards Marc Aurelio Special Jury Award & Politeama di Catancaro Award (Best Music: Annette Focks) Rome 2010, Best Director Tallinn 2010, Bavarian Film Prize 2010 (Best Actor Edgar Selge, Best Up-and-Coming Actress Paula Beer, Best Production Design Silke Buhr), German Film Award 2011 (Richy Müller Best Supporting Actor, Daniela Knapp Best Cinematography, Silke Buhr Best Production Design, Gioia Raspé Best Costume Design), Listapad Bronze Audience Award, Prize of the City of Minsk & Belaruskali Awards for Best Film Listapad Minsk 2011
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MFG Baden-Württemberg, German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, Österreichisches Filminstitut, Filmfonds Wien, Estonian Film Foundation, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Eurimages

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