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Music student Eva has fallen head over heels in love with musician Jo. They have a burning passion for one another and discover that they are able to communicate without auxiliary means, even across great distances. Their love is so great that Eva even follows her boyfriend into heroin addiction. But now this has to come to an end: Eva is pregnant and the two of them plan to go cold turkey in the solitude of New Zealand.

Eva’s father, conservative choirmaster and organist Johannes, denies them financial support and breaks off all contact. There is also little hope of raising the money from other sources. In their desperation, Eva and Jo spontaneously decide to rob a shop. In a panic, Eva strikes the shop owner dead, while Jo is arrested by the police and ends up in custody. Eva escapes with the shop owner’s pistol and wanders through Bamberg. In her despair she maintains an internal dialogue with Jo, whom she feels more connected to emotionally than ever before.

Paul and his wife Gisela meanwhile have other problems. They are facing the ruins of their marriage. By accident Eva enters their apartment and takes the couple hostage – with surprising consequences… Tom, Eva’s deeply hurt ex, is also reactivated and suddenly seems to do whatever is required to make the New Zealand dream possible for the expectant mother and her boyfriend.

Hans W. Geißendörfer was born in 1941 in Augsburg and studied German, Theater Science, Psychology and African Languages. During extensive journeys in Africa and Asia, he made his first 16 mm documentaries and underground films. In 1969 he directed Der Fall Lena Christ. He has been awarded four German Film Awards for his features Jonathan (1970), Der Sternsteinhof (1976), The Glass Cell (Die Glaeserne Zelle, 1978) and The Magic Mountain (Der Zauberberg, 1992). He also received an Oscar nomination for The Glass Cell and a Golden Globe nomination for Justice (Justiz, 1993). As the inventor and producer of the hit TV series Lindenstrasse, he has received numerous television prizes and awards. His other films include: Snowland (Schneeland, 2005) and, most recently, In the World You Have Fear (In der Welt habt ihr Angst, 2010).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2010
Director Hans W. Geißendörfer
Screenplay Hans W. Geißendörfer
Cinematography Alexander Fischerkoesen
Oliver Grothoff
Patty Moon
Frank Polosek
Cast Johannes Allmayer, Kirsten Block, Hanns Zischler, Axel Prahl, Max von Thun, Anna Maria Mühe
Producer Hans W. Geißendörfer
Production Company geißendörfer film- und fernsehproduktion/Cologne
Length 109 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby 5.1
With backing from German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Movienet Film/Munich

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