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Europe 1990, the Berlin wall has just crumbled: Katrine, raised in East Germany, but now living in Norway for the last 20 years, is a “war child”; the result of a love relationship between a Norwegian woman and a German occupation soldier during World War II. She enjoys a happy family life with her mother, her husband, daughter and granddaughter. But when a lawyer asks her and her mother to witness in a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of the war children, she resists. Gradually, a web of concealments and secrets is unveiled, until Katrine is finally stripped of everything, and her loved ones are forced to take a stand: What carries more weight, the life they have lived together, or the lie it is based on?

Georg Maas was born in 1960 in Aachen. He studied at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin, followed by workshops with István Szabó, Tilda Swinton, Krzysztof Kieslowski, and Wojciech Marczewski. His films include: the trilogy of shorts LEAD A NORMAL LIFE, 10 ¾ INCH and HERE COMES THE SUN (1986-1988), the documentaries THE OTHER UNIVERSE OF KLAUS BEYER (1994), ESCAPED (1995), PATHFINDERS (1998), THE REAL WORLD OF PETER GABRIEL (2009), THE BUDDHA WALLA (2010), and the features BREATHLESSNESS (1991), NEWFOUNDLAND (2003), and TWO LIVES (2012).
Genre Drama, Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 2012
Director Georg Maas
Screenplay Georg Maas, Christoph Tölle, Stale Stein Berg
Cinematography Judith Kaufmann
Cast Juliane Köhler, Liv Ullmann, Ken Duken, Sven Nordin, Julia Bache-Wiig, Rainer Bock, Thomas Lawinky, Klara Manzel, Vicky Krieps
Producers Dieter Zeppenfeld, Rudi Teichmann, Axel Helgeland
Production Companies Zinnober Film/Aachen, B&T Film/Berlin, Helgeland Film/Drammen, in co-production with Fuzz Filmfondet/Bergen, ApolloMedia/Munich
Length 100 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Original Version
 German, Norwegian
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Seattle 2013, Shanghai 2013, Kyiv Molodist 2013, Camerimage 2013, Palm Springs 2014, Haifa 2014
Awards German Film Award 2014 (Best Film Bronze, Best Editing)
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Fund, MEDIA, Norwegian Film Institute, ARD Degeto, Fuzz Filmfondet, TV2, Canal+ Scandinavia, Vestnorsk Filmsenter, i2i
German Distributor Farbfilm Verleih

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