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My First Miracle (Mein erstes Wunder)

My First Miracle
Henriette Confurius (photo © Jost Hering Film)

During holidays on the North Sea coast, Dole meets Hermann and they become very close friends. But this is no ordinary friendship. Dole is eleven years old and Hermann is more than thirty years her senior, married, with children.

Back home, both live near Mannheim, they see each other quite often. One day though, Dole's mother decides to move to France, but Dole has her own ideas. A short while later Hermann answers a knock at the door to find Dole standing on his front step - she's decided to run away with him Ð and he goes with her. Pursued by Dole's mother and Hermann's wife, their journey becomes a wild goose chase and brings them full circle, ending where it all began, at the coast. But since their first encounter, a few things have changed: Dole has grown up, Hermann hasn't.


Anne Wild was born in 1967 in Bielefeld. She studied German Literature, Philosophy and Art History at the University of Freiburg from 1986-1988, followed by Acting from 1988-1992 at the Academy of Music and Applied Arts in Stuttgart. In 1994, she worked in New York as a production assistant for advertisements, music videos and feature films. She has also done text writing for advertising agencies in Hamburg and Berlin, and has participated in numerous screenplay seminars. In 1999, together with Stefan Daehnert, she received the first Baden-Wuerttemberg Script Prize for What to do in case of fire? (Was tun, wenn\'s brennt, 2001). Her other films include Nachmittag in Siedlisko (2000), Ballet Was Canceled (Ballett ist ausgefallen, 2001), her feature debut My First Miracle (Mein erstes Wunder, 2001), and Hansel and Gretel (Haensel und Gretel, 2006).
Genre Drama, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Anne Wild
Screenplay Anne Wild
Cinematography Wojciech Szepel
Dagmar Lichius
Maurus Ronner
Martina Bruenner
Cast Leonard Lansink, Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Juliane Köhler, Henriette Confurius
Producer Jost Hering
Production Company Jost Hering Filme/Berlin
Length 90 min
Format Super 16
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French, Italian
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Festivals Munich 2002, Montreal 2002 (in competition), Quebec City 2002, Ghent 2002, Pusan 2002, Filmfest FILMZ 2002, Ophuels-Festival Saarbruecken 2003 (in competition)
Awards Max-Ophuels Award 2003
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, Filmfoerderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
German Distributor Nighthawks Pictures GmbH & Co. KG/Berlin

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