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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 04/2013

Germany, 1968. Two teenagers in the German province: Martin dreams of becoming a writer, and turning the world upside down with his literature. Ruby's passion is music. Whoever has heard Ruby, more correctly called Rosemarie, sing, knows that she has got what it takes to be a singer. Martin and Ruby meet secretly as often as possible, but with every new day this condition becomes more and more unbearable. Ruby's father is a relentless tyrant, a devout Catholic, shaped by war and the reconstruction time morals. Therefore Ruby doesn't take the plunge to openly stand up for her love for Martin. In her father's eyes, Martin personifies all the evil he wants to protect his daughter from.

The noose is slowly tightening on them. Martin and Ruby run away from home and want to hide in Berlin. But this dream doesn't last for long. Ruby ends up in a Catholic home of the “Merciful Sisters”, Martin is admitted to the infamous diaconal house of correction in Freistatt. Disconnected, Ruby and Martin from now on have to fight separately for their mental survival – in a world that is aimed at nothing but to break them.

Germany, 1977. Ruby has become a mediocrely successful music singer. She came to an arrangement. But her glamourous mask can only be maintained with alcohol and pills. Martin, in contrast, is unreconciled, self-destructive, and violent. After the house of corrections he joined a militant group and ended up behind bars. They are still connected to each other by a love that is impossible to live, but also cannot be erased by anything.
Just before an important gig, Ruby is haunted by her ghosts. The past is not dead…
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2014
Director Christian Frosch
Screenplay Christian Frosch
Cinematography Frank Amann
Cast Victoria Schulz, Anton Spieker, Ben Becker, Erni Mangold, Walfriede Schmitt, Markus Hering, Ursula Ofner, Michael Prelle, Thorsten Merten
Producers Jost Hering, Viktoria Salcher, Mathias Forberg
Co-Producers Frank Evers, Helge Neubronner, Kristina Konrad
Production Company Jost Hering Filme/Berlin, in co-production with Prisma Film/Vienna, Cine+ Suedwest/Ludwigsburg
Runtime 108 min
Shooting Dates September-November 2013
Festivals Edinburgh 2015
With backing from MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Nordmedia, BKM, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Österreichisches Filminstitut, Filmförderung Niederösterreich
German Distributor Salzgeber & Co. Medien

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