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HEAVEN AND HELL (HIMMEL UND HÖLLE)

HEAVEN AND HELL

11-year-old Nina and her mother Birgit move to the countryside. But while Birgit seems to cope very well with the upheaval, the shy young girl only feels accepted when she joins a girl guide group. Nina's new teacher for Religious Education, the organizer of the group, and the parson belong to the fanatically pious "Legion Of The Holy Angels", a sect preparing its members for the final battle between demons and angels. As Birgi's behaviour doesn't conform to her daughter's ideas, Nina sacrifices a black kitten which allegedly has a bad influence on Birgit. But this only makes things worse, for Birgit eventually forbids her daughter to go to the scouts' sessions and thereby loses her trust. Nina's friend Miriam is having a hard time being accepted by the scouts and leaves them when she isn't allowed to participate in an important ceremony. Nina is faced with a difficult decision ...
Genre Drama, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 1994
Director Hans-Christian Schmid
Screenplay Hans-Christian Schmid
Cinematography Peter Aichholzer
Jacqueline von Brueck
Norbert Juergen Schneider
Cast Shirli Volk, Aline Metzner, Hannelore Hoger, Katja Riemann, Michael von Au
Producers Jakob Claussen, Thomas Wöbke
Production Companies Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion, Bayerischer Rundfunk, SWF/Baden-Baden
Length 86 min
Format 16 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 1995, Gera 1995
German Distributor Zorro Film/Munich

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