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Scene from "Habermann" (photo © EVA GmbH)

1937, a small village in Sudetenland. The saw mill owner Habermann is the biggest employer in his village. He employs Germans and Czechs alike and is deeply attached to the country where both nationalities lived for centuries. He becomes married to Jana, a young and beautiful Czech woman, who is half Jewish. Although Habermann is not interested in politics or ideology, he and his family will be steamrolled by the insanity of World War II…

Habermann is based on true events. The film shows how politics and ideology can turn friendship into mistrust and hate with a historical take on a specific period between 1937 and 1945, known due to the excessive expulsion of Sudeten Germans on the border between Germany and Czechoslovakia. The persistent discussion in Europe about the validity or invalidity of the “Benes decrees”, which provided the legal cover for this wrong in Sudetenland, shows that this subject, which has been taboo for such a long time, is still raw.

Juraj Herz was born in Kezmarok/Slovakia in 1934. He studied Photography in Bratislava and Puppetry at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He then worked as a director and actor at the Semafor Theater in Prague before going to the Barrandov film studios in 1961 to become an assistant director. Active as an award-winning director, a selection of his films includes:The Junk Shop (1965), Oil Lamps (1971), Day for My Love (1976), Beauty and the Beast (1978), Bulldogs and Cherries (1981), The Magpie in the Wisp (1983), The Night Overtake Me (1986), The Frog Prince (1991), The Emperor\'s New Clothes (1994), Lara - My Years with Boris Pasternak (1994), and Habermann (2010), among others.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2010
Director Juraj Herz
Screenplay Wolfgang Limmer
Cinematography Alexander Surkala
Melanie Werwie
Elia Cmiral
Petr Fort
Cast Ben Becker, Hannah Herzsprung, Karel Roden, Mark Waschke, Wilson Gonzalez Ochsenknecht
Producer Karel Dirka
Production Company ART-OKO Film/Munich, in co-production with Wega Film/Vienna, Werner Herzog Film/Vienna, Entertainment Value Associates/Munich, KN Film Company/Prague, ApolloMedia/Munich
Length 104 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Palm Springs 2011
Awards Bavarian Film Prize 2010 (Best Director, Best Leading Actor)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, NRW.Bank, Commerzbank Munich

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