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Queen of Cherries (Kirschenkoenigin, Die)

Queen of Cherries
Johanna Wokalek

It’s the year 1914 in Berlin. Ruth Goldfish is the daughter of the Jewish owner of a small but very special private bank. Ruth has a dream: she wants to become a farmer, grow her own vegetables, eat her own tomatoes. So she marries the handsome but bankrupt son of a noble family, and moves to the countryside. At first, the rundown manor is a disappointment to her, but with enthusiasm and strength, she starts rebuilding the house and refines the ordinary cherries, that grow in large plantations, into Morello cherries – the best in Germany.

In 1919, her husband dies in an accident and leaves her alone with the house, the land, and a newborn child, Elisabeth. Ruth works hard to get over her loss and makes a fortune. During many summers, her sister Kaethe comes to visit with a group of German artists, most of which are later defamed as degenerates. Ruth spends her time educating her daughter, working hard and buying grand pianos as investments for a rainy day. The years go by. Ruth has built her own world. She has a good relationship with the villagers, most of them depend on her financially anyway, and so she survives the Third Reich hidden on her own land. It is her dream that saves her life.


Rainer Kaufmann was born in Frankfurt in 1959 and graduated from the Academy of Television & Film in Munich in 1990. During his studies he made several award-winning shorts, including The Most Beautiful Breasts in the World (Der schoenste Busen der Welt, 1990). His first feature-length TV film, Dann eben mit Gewalt (1992), won numerous European awards. A selection of his other films includes: Einer meiner aeltesten Freunde (TV, 1993), Der Unschuldsengel (TV, 1994), Talk of the Town (Stadtgespraech, 1995), Greenhorn (TV, 1995), The Pharmacist (Die Apothekerin, 1997), Long Hello and Short Goodbye (1998), Cold is the Evening Breeze (Kalt ist der Abendhauch, 1999), Ausflug (2001), Und die Braut wusste von nichts (TV, 2002), Queen of Cherries (Die Kirschenkoenigin, 2004), Maria\'s Last Journey (Maria\'s letzte Reise, TV, 2005), and Runaway Horse (Ein fliehendes Pferd, 2007).
Genre Literature, Drama

Year of Production 2004
Director Rainer Kaufmann
Screenplay Justus Pfaue
Cinematography Klaus Eichhammer
Ueli Christen
Annette Focks
Cast Johanna Wokalek, Heike Warmuth, Johannes Zirner, Adele Neuhauser
Producer Susanne Freyer
Production Company ndf:Neue Deutsche Filmgesellschaft/Unterfoehring, in cooperation with ARTE for ZDF
Length 264 min
Format 16 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Munich 2004, Monte Carlo 2005
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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