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Anna Thalbach in "Goodbye" (photo © Thekla Ehling)

A young woman, Maria, is taken into custody after being caught buying drugs. Terrified that social services will take away her child, she does not tell them that she has left her two-year-old daughter alone at home. Desperate, she uses her one call a day from jail to try to get someone to rescue the child – but only gets through to answer machines.

She has no way of knowing if her messages have been heard. But if she confesses to the authorities, they are sure to take her daughter away for ever.

Shut in her cell, all she can see is the door to her apartment. Is her baby still behind it?
Genre Drama
Category Short
Year of Production 2004
Director Steve Hudson
Screenplay Steve Hudson
Cinematography Kristian Leschner
Tim McLeish
Robert Nacken
Ludwig Schlepegrell, Dagmar Hankeln
Cast Anna Thalbach, Doris Planer, Gernot Schmidt, Marietta Buerger, Ilse Strambowski
Producers Benjamina Mirnik, Achim Schmitz, Sonja Ewers
Production Company Rosebud Films/Cologne
Runtime 15 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Versions English, Italian
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Venice 2004, Ghent 2004, Interfilm Berlin 2004, Braunschweig 2004, Bilbao 2004, Short Cuts Cologne 2004, Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2005 (In Competition), Uppsala 2005, Tampere 2005, Belgrade 2005, Cluj 2005, Jerusalem 2005, Huesca 2005
Awards UIP Prize Best European Short Film Venice 2004, First Prize Interfilm Berlin 2004; Cologne Shorts Audience Award 2004
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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