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Store, The (Laden, Der)

Store, The

The Store, adapted from major novelist Erwin Strittmatter's autobiographical trilogy of the same name, tells the story of the Matt family over three decades. The first part is about the ten year-old boy Esau Matt, the film's main character, and his childhood in the little village in the Lausitz near to the German-Polish border. In 1919, his parents open a general store there with its own bakery. Esau lives in a very confined space on the small estate with his grandparents, his parents, the mad uncle, the pretty nanny and his brothers and sisters: all totally different characters and seldom in harmony with one another. Esau, who is different from the other children in the village, wants to become a writer when he grows up. He is a dreamer and yet a painstaking, sometimes inexorable chronicler. In the second part, Esau Matt attends secondary school in the town and meets his first love. The third part is about Matt's return to the village of his childhood at the end of 1945, the love of his life, the marriage to another woman and his decision to become a writer.
3 Episodes à 90 minutes/2462 metres


Jo Baier was born in 1949 in Munich and studied Drama, German and American Language Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. He made more than 70 documentaries and TV features before turning to feature films and has been working as a director since 1979. A selection of his award-winning films includes: Rauhnacht (TV, 1984), Schiefweg (TV, 1987), Wildfeuer (1991), Hoelleisengretl (TV, 1994), The Store (Der Laden, TV 1998), Wambo (TV, 2001), Schwabenkinder (TV, 2002), Stauffenberg (TV, 2004), All Were Not Murderers (Nicht alle waren Moerder, TV, 2005), Valentin (TV, 2007), Henry of Navarre (Henri 4, 2009), and Das Ende ist mein Anfang (2010).
Category Feature
Director Jo Baier
Screenplay Jo Baier, Ulrich Plenzdorf
Cinematography Gernot Roll
Clara Fabry
Thomas Osterhoff
Cast Dagmar Manzel, Carmen Maja Antoni, Martin Benrath, Ole Brandmeyer, Bastian Trost, Arnd Klawitter, Joerg Schuettauf
Producers Torsten Klein, Cooky Ziesche
Production Companies ORB/Potsdam, Manufactum Film- und Fernsehproduktion, in co-production with ARTE, WDR, SWR, Bayerischer Rundfunk
Length 270 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Sound Technology Dolby SR, Optical
Festivals Hof 98

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