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WINTER DAUGHTER (WINTERTOCHTER)

WINTER DAUGHTER
Scene from WINTER DAUGHTER (photo © Piotr Majorkiewicz/Schlicht und Ergreifend Film GmbH)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 02/2010

An old woman, a young girl and a clapped-out barge on an unusual journey from Berlin to Poland. For 11-year-old Kattaka it’s an escape: she’s looking for her natural father, a Russian sailor whose ship is currently moored in Gdansk and whose existence her parents have kept secret until now. For 70-year-old Lena it’s a journey back: back to her home in Masuren, from which she fled in the Second World War. And back to her suppressed pain of having lost both parents. Only together can the mismatched couple regain the ground beneath their feet, and themselves.

“WINTERTOCHTER is a road movie about friendship between different generations, but also between nations and the courage to face life,” says Philipp Budweg, the film’s producer and Schlicht and Ergreifend Film’s co-founder (together with Wintervater’s director Johannes Schmid).

Among the dynamic duo’s previous credits are Aus der Tiefe des Raumes (2003), which won the 2004 Bavarian Film Award for Best Newcomer Producer. In 2006 their Bloede Muetze! had its premiere at the Berlinale 2007 and won the Children’s Media Award The White Elephant 2007, the main award at the Moscow International Children’s Film Festival 2008 and the Vision Kino/KI.KA Kindertiger 2008 script award.

A German-Polish co-production, WINTERTOCHTER’s producing partner is Mikolaj Pokromski (German-French Masterclass Program 2004/2005 at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Film Academy in Ludwigsburg and La Fémis in Paris).

The Pokromski Studio specializes in services and co-production of documentary and feature films with partners from Western Europe, and above all Germany. As well as with Schlicht und Ergreifend, it has also worked with Constantin Film, Magnolia Filmproduktion (Vienna) and Globus Film (St. Petersburg). It has supplied art department services to, among others, Der Untergang, Das Parfum, Die Faelscher, Die Perlmutterfarbe and most recently Das Weisse Band.

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Genre Road Movie
Category Feature
Year of Production 2010
Director Johannes Schmid
Screenplay Michaela Hinnenthal, Thomas Schmid
Cinematography Michael Bertl
Thomas Kohler
Katrin Mickiewicz, Michael Heilrath
Dorothee von Bodelschwingh
Cast Leon Seidel, Dominik Nowak, Katharina Marie Schubert, Maxim Mehmet, Merab Ninidze, Daniel Olbrychski, Julia Kaminska, Nina Monka, Ursula Werner
Producers Philipp Budweg, Mikolaj Pokromski
Production Company Lieblingsfilm, in co-production with Pokromski Studio/Warsaw, RBB, Bayerischer Rundfunk, MDR, NDR/Hamburg, SWR
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German, Polish, Russian
Shooting Dates Jena, Weimar, Stettin, Gdynia, Gdansk, January – March 2010
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Melbourne 2011, Chicago International Children's Film Festival 2011
Awards 1st Prize Live-Action Feature Film Chicago 2011, German Film Award 2012 (Best Children's Film)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, German Federal Film Fund, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film

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