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First Kiss (Jahr der ersten Kuesse, Das)

First Kiss
Scene from "First Kiss" (photo © Buena Vista International)

A tragic traffic accident - a woman is killed. Tristan’s wife. They have been married for sixteen years. She was his first love... And Tristan goes back in time, remembering how everything began.

Fifteen-year-old Tristan, shy and quiet, has got a problem. He is no longer a child, but he is not grown up either. He is in puberty. His sexual awakening throws him into deep confusion. While his parents are in the process of getting a divorce, Tristan is confronted with the difficulties of showing his love and affection to the girl he is longing for. And he has not much time left, since he has to move away with his mother at the end of the year.

First Kiss is a romantic coming-of-age comedy of first love. It is also the story of a group of friends, each trying to find their individual way of life. And it evokes the period of the eighties, the times of bottle parties and slow-dance.


Kai Wessel was born in Hamburg in 1961. After completing his studies, he began working as an assistant director. He made his breakthrough with Martha Jellneck, which was nominated for the German Film Award in 1988. Among his most noted television productions are the filming of the diaries of the Jewish literature professor Victor Klemperer, Klemperer – Ein Leben in Deutschland (1999), as well as Hat er Arbeit? (2000), Goebbels und Geduldig (2001) and Leben waere schoen (2003), which won the Adolf Grimme Award in 2004. His epic miniseries Die Flucht (2007) was one of the top-rated fiction productions of 2007.
Genre Comedy, Coming-of-Age Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2003
Director Kai Wessel
Screenplay Sathyan Ramesh
Cinematography Hagen Bogdanski
Tina Freitag
Richard Cameron, Gerry Arling
Cast Oliver Korittke, Max Mauff, Diane Siemons-Willems
Producers Markus Gruber, Maike Haas, Roland Willaert
Production Company D & D Film & Fernsehproduktion/Huerth, in co-production with Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany/Munich
Length 94 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Moscow 2003, Valladolid 2004, Denver 2004
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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