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Maria

Luebeck 1949. Maria, a young woman from Silesia, replies to an advertisement by the Icelandic farmers association that promises fortune and happiness. At last, a chance to get out of the reception camp where she has had to live with her mother since their escape. On her journey there, she meets the seaman Olaf who tells her some old sagas. She falls in love. Olaf wants to fetch her from the farm and marry her. Working on the land is unfamiliar and tough, her loneliness knows no bounds, and painful memories of the last days of the war haunt her. And there is no sign of Olaf. But the spectacular landscape with its powerful crescendo of colours gives her strength. The farmer starts to pester her sexually. She escapes to Reykjavik, but cannot find Olaf. Instead, she meets the Jew Bruno who was only accepted by Iceland because he can play the flute. She learns from Bruno, who secretly loves Maria but is dangerously ill, that Olaf has since married and his wife is expecting a child. However, Olaf is not happily married and tries to seduce her a second time. But Maria remains strong and decides for Bruno instead....


Einar Heimisson was born Iceland in 1966 and graduated in History and German from the University of Freiburg in 1992. He studied at the Academy of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich from 1992-1995. His novel Ins Land des Winters was nominated for the Icelandic Literature Prize in 1989 and he made his directorial debut in 1993 with the documentary Northern Promise which was nominated for the Prix Europa in 1994. His other films include: Der weisse Tod (1994) and Maria (1996).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1996
Director Einar Heimisson
Screenplay Einar Heimisson
Cinematography Sigurdur Sverrir Palsson
Jean-Claude Pirouz
Michael S. Buhl, Eddie Daum
Cast Barbara Auer, Rudolf Kowalski, Gundula Koester, Monica Bleibtreu
Producer Michael Roehrig
Production Company BlueScreen Film/Munich, in co-production with Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF/M), Icelandic Film Corporation/Reykjavik, Zentropa/Copenhagen
Length 92 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German/Icelandic
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Icelandic Film Fund, MSH-Schleswig-Holstein, Eurimages

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