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DAUGHTERS (TÖCHTER)

DAUGHTERS
photo © R. Vorschneider/Madonnen Film

Agnes, a teacher from the German province Hesse, comes to Berlin to identify a dead girl. The police suspect she is Agnes’ fifteen-year-old daughter Lydia, who has run away from home. But she is not. Agnes remains in Berlin nevertheless, driven by the hope of finding her daughter.

A desperate search begins: railway missions, junkie hangouts, homeless shelters – places Agnes fears and would normally avoid. The worst part is not knowing.

Ines has been living in Berlin for years: on the street or with people who offer her shelter. She claims to be a painter, but is actually a passionate social parasite.

One night, the two women’s paths cross. From that point on, Ines clings to Agnes’ side. She infiltrates the older woman’s life as though it were her own. Agnes yields to the young woman’s forceful ways.

She finds the stranger outlandish, bewildering and menacing, yet somehow familiar. The two women develop a peculiar relationship based on attraction and repulsion.

Agnes becomes confused and disoriented. Where did Ines come from and why did she come to her? Is there a link between this stranger and her daughter? Should Agnes continue searching for Lydia? Why does Agnes not show Ines the door?

Agnes is faced with a difficult decision.


Maria Speth studied at the “Konrad Wolf” University of Film and Television in Babelsberg and worked as an editing and directing assistant on various films and TV programs. Her award-winning films as a writer/director include: BAREFOOT (BARFUSS, short, 1999, 3sat Award Oberhausen), her feature debut THE DAYS BETWEEN (IN DEN TAG HINEIN, 2001, VPRO Tiger Award Rotterdam, Grand Prix du Jury Créteil, MFG Star), MADONNAS (MADONNEN, 2007, Hessian Film Award, Silver Astor Mar del Plata), 9 LIVES (9 LEBEN, 2011, German Director’s Award Metropolis, DEFA Foundation’s Incentive Award, Open Eyes Youth Jury Award), and DAUGHTERS (TÖCHTER, 2014).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Director Maria Speth
Screenplay Maria Speth, Reinhold Vorschneider
Cinematography Reinhold Vorschneider
Cast Corinna Kirchhoff, Kathleen Morgeneyer, Hermann Beyer, Lars Mikkelsen, Hans Jochen Wagner, Fabian Hinrichs, Peter Kurth, Matthias Matschke, Hiroki Mano, Irina Potapenko, Dzamilja Sjöström, Judith Engel
Producer Maria Speth
Production Company Madonnen Film/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel, in cooperation with ARTE
Length 92 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlinale 2014 (Forum), Edinburgh 2014
With backing from BKM

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