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Scene from WESTWIND (photo © credo:films)

Doreen und Isabel are 17-year-old twins from rural Saxony in East Germany. The two are successful oarswomen practicing hard to be accepted at a renowned boarding school for athletes. In 1988, a year before the Berlin Wall came down, they have the chance to spend the summer at Lake Balaton in the Soviet satellite state of Hungary. Already on their way to the young pioneer camp, the twins meet a group of guys from the West German city of Hamburg. Doreen falls in love with Arne. For the first time the sisters don´t share everything and need to take the most momentous decision of their lives.

Robert Thalheim was born in Berlin in 1974. After work as an assistant director for the Berlin Ensemble theater, he studied at the Free University Berlin and the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF. Also active as a publisher and writer, his films include: UM VIER UHR PLÖTZLICH GING DIE WELT UNTER (doc, 1996), ZEIT IST LEBEN (short, 2000), GRANICA (short, 2002), THREE PERCENT (short, 2002), ME (short, 2003), NETTO (2004), AND ALONG COME TOURISTS (2007), WESTWIND (2011), PARENTS (2013), OLD AGENT MEN (2016), and TKKG-DETECTIVE AGENCY (2019).
Genre Love Story, Melodrama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Robert Thalheim
Screenplay Ilja Haller, Susann Schimk
Cinematography Eeva Fleig
Cast Friederike Becht, Luise Heyer, Franz Dinda, Volker Bruch
Producers Susann Schimk, Jörg Trentmann, Judit Stalter, Gabor Rajna
Production Company credo:film/Berlin, in co-production with Laokoonfilm/Budapest
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Zurich 2011, Dubai 2011, Chicago 2012, Tallinn Black Nights 2012
With backing from German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, BKM, ZDF, ARTE

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