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When We Own the World (Wenn die Welt uns gehoert)

When We Own the World
Scene from "When We Own the World" (photo © Lichtblick Film/Sandy Rau)

In a small town in Eastern Germany three young outsiders become friends: Richy (16), who is teased at school, Tim (16), who has moved from the West with his parents and has difficulties getting used to his new life, and Marco (18), who has problems coping with his parents' separation and the rejection he experiences from his father.

Richy admires the strong Marco and proves his interest in Marco's obsessions – glass-moving séances, martial arts and satanic visions. Tim is fascinated by the supernatural as well. Together, the trio experiences a stormy and climactic period. They are convinced of their ability to influence their environment and their lives with newly gained “satanic powers”.

But the more the friendship of the three initiates grows, the more they are forced to experience conflicts between their worldview and the limits of concrete reality. And when a gentle love affair develops between Richy and a girl, Nicole, he must hide it from his friends. A fateful course is set, one that takes the friends to a tragic finale well beyond the attentions of the adult world.


Judith Keil was born in 1973 in Straubing and studied German Philology, Journalism, and Theater, Film and Television Studies. Her award-winning documentaries (together with Anja Kruska) include: AUSFAHRT OST (doc TV, 1999), DER GLANZ VON BERLIN (doc, 2001), TEUFLISCHE SPIELE (doc, 2002), DANCING WITH MYSELF (doc, 2005), the feature WHEN WE OWN THE WORLD (WENN DIE WELT UNS GEHÖRT, 2009), and LAND IN SIGHT (LAND IN SICHT, 2013).

Antje Kruska was born in 1973 in Dortmund. She studied Journalism, Spanish, Sociology, Nordic Philology, and Theater Science. Her award-winning documentaries (together with Judith Keil) include: AUSFAHRT OST (doc TV, 1999), DER GLANZ VON BERLIN (doc, 2001), TEUFLISCHE SPIELE (doc, 2002), DANCING WITH MYSELF (doc, 2005), the feature WHEN WE OWN THE WORLD (WENN DIE WELT UNS GEHÖRT, 2009), and LAND IN SIGHT (LAND IN SICHT, 2013).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2009
Directors Judith Keil, Antje Kruska
Screenplay Antje Kruska, Judith Keil
Cinematography Marcus Winterbauer
Inge Schneider
Beckmann, Cinesong
Cast Christian Bluemel, Vincent Krueger, Willi Gerk, Ceci Chuh
Producer Joachim Ortmanns
Co-Producer Martin Heisler
Production Company Lichtblick Film, in co-production with Flare Film
Length 99 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Hof 2009
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film

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