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Scene from THE DAY I WAS NOT BORN (photo © teamWorx TV & Film GmbH 2010)

In Buenos Aires, 31-year-old Maria runs up against a long-kept family secret whose origins go back to the time of the Argentinean military dictatorship. During a stopover on her way to Chile, Maria recognizes a nursery rhyme in Buenos Aires. Maria doesn't speak a word of Spanish, but without understanding what she is singing, she remembers the Spanish lyrics. Disturbed and thrown off course, she breaks off her journey and wanders through the unfamiliar city. On the phone to Germany she tells her father, Anton, about her experience and the peculiar fascination the unfamiliar city has on her. Two days later, Anton suddenly turns up at Maria's hotel with something to confess: Maria spent the first three years of her life in Buenos Aires during the military dictatorship at the end of the seventies, until the people she had always thought were her parents adopted her and brought her to Germany. Father and daughter begin a journey together in search of Maria's biological parents. Anton does everything he can to not lose his daughter.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2010
Director Florian Cossen
Screenplay Elena von Saucken, Florian Cossen
Cinematography Matthias Fleischer
Philipp Thomas
Matthias Klein
Victoria Pedemonte
Cast Jessica Schwarz, Michael Gwisdek, Rafael Ferro
Producers Jochen Laube, Fabian Maubach
Production Company teamWorx Television & Film/Ludwigsburg, in co-production with BR, SWR, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg
Runtime 95 min
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Montreal 2010, Zurich 2010, Hof 2010, Sofia 2011, Guanajuato 2011, Haugesund 2011, SANFIC Santiago de Chile 2011, Molodist Kiev 2011
Awards Audience Award, FIPRESCI Prize & Ecumenical Prize Montreal 2010, Golden Eye Award (Best German-Language Feature) Zurich 2010, Bavarian Film Prize 2010 (Best Cinematography), German Film Award 2001 (Beatriz Spelzini Best Supporting Actress, Matthias Klein Best Score), Grand Jury Prize Best Film SANFIC 2011
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg

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