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WELCOME TO GERMANY (WILLKOMMEN BEI DEN HARTMANNS)

WELCOME TO GERMANY
© Warner Bros. Entertainment

The recently retired teacher Angelika decides, against her skeptical husband Richard’s will, to take in a refugee. Soon afterwards, the young Nigerian Diallo moves into the Hartmann home and a whirlwind of complications ensue. These events not only disrupt the lives of Angelika and Richard’s adult children Philip and Sophie, they also put their own marriage as well as Diallo’s chances of integration to the test. Despite all the chaos, hope prevails that the family will recover its stability, confidence, and peace – like the rest of Germany.


Simon Verhoeven was born in 1972 in Munich. He studied Performing Arts at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York, Film Music at Berkley College of Music in Boston and Film Directing at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York. He has appeared as an actor in numerous television and feature films. In addition to numerous music videos and short films, his films as a director include: WATER (1997), PHONE (1997) and NICE MEETING YOU (1999), all three of which were Showcase Winners at NYU Film Festivals, 100 PRO (2001), MEN IN THE CITY 1 & 2 (2009), UNFRIEND (2016), and WELCOME TO GERMANY (2016).
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2016
Director Simon Verhoeven
Screenplay Simon Verhoeven
Cinematography Jo Heim
Cast Senta Berger, Heiner Lauterbach, Florian David Fitz, Palina Rojinski, Elyas M'Barek, Eric Kabongo
Producers Simon Verhoeven, Quirin Berg, Max Wiedemann, Michael Verhoeven
Co-Producer Stefan Gärtner
Production Company Wiedemann & Berg Film, in co-production with Sentana Filmproduktion/Munich, SevenPictures Film
Length 116 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology 5.1
Festivals Monte-Carlo Comedy Film Festival 2017, Stony Brook 2017, Shanghai 2017, Les Arcs 2017, Incontri Internazionali del Cinema Sorrento 2019
Awards Bavarian Film Prize 2016 (Audience Award & Best Production)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures

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