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A childhood in the industrial region of the Ruhr in the early 1960s. Confronted with sex and violence, death and guilt and the intoxicating new sensation of freedom, a coalminer’s son experiences a summer full of seduction, when everything changes – and yet remains the way it was.

Julian Collien is 12 and lives in a mining village characterized by constrictions, poverty and brutality. Julian doesn't see any point in school: he wants to be a miner, just like his father. When his mother, who suffers from colic, has a nervous breakdown and takes his little sister to the sea to recuperate, Julian and his father are left by themselves during the summer holidays. Now Julian feels responsible for the household, making bread and butter for his father and meeting him at the pit at the end of his shift. Julian doesn't much like spending time with the other boys in the village, whose games tend to be violent. However, their landlord, Gorny, lends him a camera and tells the boy to take photographs of his friends when they go swimming. But Julian would much rather watch Marusha, Gorny's precocious 15-year-old step-daughter, who has captivated him with her charms – and also cast a spell over his father…
Genre Coming-of-Age Story, Drama, History, Literature, Tragicomedy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2016
Director Adolf Winkelmann
Screenplay Nils Beckmann, Till Beckmann, Adolf Winkelmann
Cinematography David Slama
Cast Charly Hübner, Oscar Brose, Peter Lohmeyer, Lina Beckmann, Stephan Kampwirth, Caroline Peters, Nina Petri, Greta Sophie Schmidt, Ludger Pistor
Producers Michael Smeaton, Christiane Schaefer
Production Companies FFP New Media/Cologne, Winkelmann Filmproduktion/Dortmund, in co-production with WDR, ARTE
Runtime 122 min
Format Blu-ray, DCP, DVD, color, 1:1.78
Subtitled Version English
Festivals 7. Kirchliches Filmfestival Recklinghausen 2016
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, RAG-Stiftung, Evonik Industries
German Distributor Weltkino Filmverleih
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FFP New Media GmbH,
Winkelmann Filmproduktion
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