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When Grandpa loved Rita Hayworth (Als Grossvater Rita Hayworth liebte)

When Grandpa loved Rita Hayworth

1969. The first winter after the violent end of the Spring of Prague. Just as three astronauts are flying to the moon, thirteen-year-old Hannah and her crazy, young parents land in the German economic wonderland. A rough landing, as though on a completely different planet. Kuba, the father, feels satisfaction in finding confirmation of his prejudices against the Germans, while Lida, the mother, loses herself in consumerism, and her little sister loses her ability to speak. Hannah wants nothing more than to return to her grandfather, Zikmund. But when Zikmund dies and Neil Armstrong sets the first foot on the moon, Hannah realizes that she too will have to make her own first great step ...
A melancholy comedy about being a stranger and growing up in the year of the first moon landing.


Iva Svarcová was born in the Czech Republic and emigrated to Germany. After language studies in Munich and Madrid, she studied at the German Film & Television Academy in Berlin (dffb) under István Szabó and Wim Wenders. Active as a writer and director, a selection of her films include: Viola (1986) which opened the Video Screenings at Berlin in 1987, With Love Rita (1988) - opening film and winner of the VHS Prize at Mannheim/Heidelberg in 1988, Die Frau seines Lebens (1990) - her graduation film from the dffb and winner of a German Short Film Award in 1991, Mulo (1992/1993) - winner of the Prix Futura in 1993, and Blick durchs Fenster (1994) - winner of the Golden Gate Award at San Francisco in 1995. When Grandpa Loved Rita Hayworth (Als Grossvater Rita Hayworth liebte, 2000) is her first feature film.
Genre Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Iva Svarcová
Screenplay Iva Svarcová
Cinematography Hille Sagel
Georg Janett
Annette Focks
Anne Schlaich, Thilo Mengler
Cast Vlastimil Brodsky, Ewa Gawryluk, Vladimír Hajdu, Charles Brauer, Dagmar Manzel, Veronika Albrechtová
Producer Malte Ludin
Production Company Svarc. Film/Berlin
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 Czech/German
Subtitled Version German/Czech
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Cottbus 2000 (in competition), Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2001 (in competition), Selb 2001 (in competition), FINALE Plzen 2001, Sochi 2001 (in competition), Prix Europa 2001 (in competition)
Awards First Prize for Children's & Youth Films Cottbus 2000, Max Ophuels Award 2001, Audience Award Selb 2001, Grand Prix & Prix de la Critique International Sochi 2001, Prix Iris Europa 2001
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, BKM
German Distributor Basis-Film Verleih/Berlin

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