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If all goes well, Philipp will be the tenth farmer in his family to run the ancestral farm that has been providing a living for the family since 1725. Philipp lives with his girlfriend in a small house on the farm. He is ready to take his and the farm’s future into his own hands. But his father, Konrad, is reluctant to give him more responsibility. He himself had to fight his own father for control over the farm more than thirty years ago.

Since then, times have gotten tougher. In fact, the smallholding has been operating at a loss for years, something Konrad tries to ignore. That is why Philipp wants to try something new. He wants to buy new machines, rationalize work processes and perhaps even switch to organic farming. But where will he get the money for his plans when every day is about just the fight for survival?

“The farm definitely has potential for optimizing and moving upwards,” Philipp tells the banker. But the bank insists on a sustainable plan. His girlfriend is more interested in art than tractors, and his parents are worried about losing their already meager possessions to radical changes. Armed with enthusiasm, Philipp tries to win over his father for his alternative ideas, but Konrad is just as stubborn as his industrious son.

Tobias Müller taught at an elementary school in Detroit after graduating from high school. He completed several internships at public broadcasters in the USA and Germany and has worked as a cinema projectionist and freelancer for newspapers, radio stations, and documentary film production companies. He studied Directing at the Escuela Internacional de Cine in Cuba and at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. He was honored with the Student German Human Rights Film Award, the Caligari Award and the Discovering Eye Award in Chicago for his documentary BÁNFFY CASTLE (2005). MY REDEEMER LIVES (2008) was his graduation film and was nominated for the First Steps Award. His other films include: UMBILICAL CORD (short, 2001), STEEL (short, 2001), NARROW HORIZONS (short, 2003), and SOPIRO (short, 2004).
Genre Educational, Environment/Ecology
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2013
Director Tobias Müller
Screenplay Tobias Müller
Cinematography Tobias Müller
Cast Philipp Kienle, Manuela Schmidt, Konrad Kienle, Gertrud Kienle
Producer Mike Schlömer
Co-Producer Jochen Dickbertel
Production Company Mike Schlömer Filmproduktion/Freiburg, in co-production with SWR
Length 81 min
Format Blu-ray, DCP, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Max Ophühls Prize Festival Saarbrücken 2013 (In Competition)
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg

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