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Scene from SUMMER IN ORANGE (photo © Majestic Filmverleih/Christian Hartmann)

It's 1980 and enlightenment comes to the back and beyond of Bavaria! Bhagwan disciple Amrita moves with her two children, 12-year-old Lili and nine-year-old Fabian, together with her equally esoteric roommates, from Berlin to the Bavarian backwoods. Primal scream therapy and wholemeal meet shooting club and more earthly horizons. While Amrita sings Indian mantras, sitting half naked on the Stone of Enlightenment, her arch-conservative neighbor and the village mayor, for whom the ‘weirdoes’ are, of course, also linked to left-wing terrorists, peers through the hedge, stunned.

But when the yogis also set up a therapy center in the village, peaceful life goes out the window. The villagers' mistrust of the newcomers spirals out of control. And Lili is caught between the fronts. When she is also shunned by her schoolmates, she wishes nothing more than to have a normal family, and starts to live a double life. At home she wears orange, eats vegetarian and spouts left-alternative slogans. At school she wears a grey, pleated skirt and recites the Lord's Prayer with everyone else.

While Bhagwan's right hand is on his way to inaugurate the new Buddha Hall, Lili is now a member of the local brass band, preparing for the annual village festival. It's here where things between the yogis and villagers come to a head. And Lili is caught in the middle, no longer knowing where she belongs...
Genre Comedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Marcus H. Rosenmüller
Screenplay Ursula Gruber
Cinematography Stefan Biebl
Cast Amber Bongard, Petra Schmidt-Schaller, Béla Baumann, Georg Friedrich, Oliver Korittke, Daniela Holtz, Wiebke Puls, Daniel Zillmann, Brigitte Hobmeier
Producers Georg Gruber, Andreas Richter, Annie Brunner, Ursula Woerner
Production Companies Odeon Pictures/Berlin, Roxy Film/Munich, in co-production with BR, in cooperation with ARTE
Runtime 110 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Subtitled Version English
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt
German Distributor Majestic Filmverleih

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