Browse Archive

Leni

Leni

Leni tells the true story of a child that was only allowed to reach her fifth birthday. Still as an infant, the little girl is taken into foster care by an old couple on a farm. But it soon turns out that there is something not quite right with the child - "descent-wise". Her mother is Jewish. Leni must leave. She comes to Munich - to an orphanage, it is said. The old farmer sets off with the village teacher to try and save the child. "If it is true that the Heimatfilm is the highest form of expression of the German longings for suppression, then there is no more disturbing setting for a Holocaust story than our home" Leo Hiemer.


Leo Hiemer was born in Maierhoefen in West Allgaeu in 1954. He studied History and German Philology in Tuebingen and Goettingen from 1975-1980, and then founded the Westallgaeuer Filmproduktion with Klaus Gietinger, Georg Veit and Fritz Guenthner. Together with K. Gietinger, he co-directed Land of Cops and Robbers (Land der Raeuber und Gendarmen, 1981), Street Without Mercy (Die gnadenlose Strasse, 1984), People at Home Are Dying (Daheim sterben die Leut', 1985), The Grandchildren of Annaberg (Die Enkel von Annaberg, 1987), and Times Were Good Then (Schoen war die Zeit, 1988). In 1994, he started writing, directing, and producing his own films, including: Leni (1994), Swabian Vision (Vision Schwaben, 2000), Sacred Music in Allgaeu (Heilige Klaenge im Allgaeu, 2002), and Let Us Dream! (Komm, wir traeumen!, 2004).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1994
Director Leo Hiemer
Screenplay Leo Hiemer
Cinematography Marian Czura
Ulrike Leipold
Petras Vysniauskas Quartett
Cast Franz Buchrieser, Hannes Thanheiser, Johanna Thanheiser, Natalia Wörner, Christa Berndl, Martin Abram
Producer Daniel Zuta
Production Company Daniel Zuta Filmproduktion/Frankfurt
Length 86 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French
Festivals Montreal 1994, Vancouver 1994, San Juan 1994, Santa Barbara 1994
With backing from Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Filmfoerderung Baden-Wuerttemberg, Hessische Filmfoederung, Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film, Wiesbaden

World Sales
Films Transit International Inc.
Jan Rofekamp
252 Gouin Boulevard East
H3L 1A8 Montreal/Canada
phone +1-514-844 3358
fax +1-514-844 7298
janrofekamp@filmstransit.com
http://www.filmstransit.com