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There's a very good reason why you should let sleeping dogs lie, as 9-year-old Johanna discovers. Growing up a good Catholic girl in the provincial Austrian town of Wels in the late 1960s, she learns from her grandmother her family's secret: they are Jewish. Life now starts to change, uncomfortably so: the caretaker bullies her, the religion teacher ignores her and her traumatized mother stops talking to people. Both older women know exactly who were the very worst Nazis back then. After the war they reinvented themselves as devout Catholics. Johanna, however, is determined not to hide, she wants to be proud of her heritage and now becomes Hanna. But the "sleeping dogs" are awake, they are starting to bark and they still have their teeth...
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2016
Director Andreas Gruber
Screenplay Andreas Gruber
Cinematography Martin Gressmann
Cast Hannelore Elsner, Nike Seitz, Franziska Weisz, Rainer Egger, Johannes Silberschneider, Christian Wolff
Producers Fritjof Hohagen, Andreas Gruber
Co-Producers Stephan O. Hansch, Sebastian Zembol
Production Companies enigma film/Munich, Provinzfilm International, in co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk, ORF/Vienna, Mixtvision, Oryx Media
Runtime 120 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.85
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology 5.1
Festivals Shanghai 2016, Diagonale 2016, Stony Brook 2017
Awards Bavarian Film Award - Best Music 2016, Golden Goblet Best Screenplay Shanghai 2016
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, ÖFI, FISA, Upper Austrian Film Funding
German Distributor Alpenrepublik Filmverleih

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