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Martha, in her own slightly obsessive but charming way, creates sublime masterpieces in the art of cooking as a chef of a small gourmet restaurant in Hamburg. And yet, her everyday existence is rather monotonous. She is introverted, has hardly any private life, and exists only for her work. All of that changes when her sister, a single mother, dies in an accident and Martha has to take care of Lina, her sister's eight-year-old daughter. The little girl suffers badly from the loss of her mother. It is only the presence of Mario, Martha's merry Italian colleague, who brings light and pasta into the lives of the two outsiders. He turns from a rival into a loving friend. A sensitive romance starts between them, just when Lina's long-lost father appears. He wants to take Lina back with him to Italy.

And Martha? Martha has to make a decision.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Sandra Nettelbeck
Screenplay Sandra Nettelbeck
Cinematography Michael Bertl
Mona Bräuer
Manfred Eicher
Thomas Freudenthal
Cast Oliver Broumis, Sergio Castellitto, Ulrich Thomsen, Idil Uener, August Zirner, Katja Studt, Sybille Canonica, Maxime Foerste, Martina Gedeck
Producers Christoph Friedel, Karl Baumgartner
Production Company Pandora Film Produktion, in co-production with T & C Film/Zurich, Palomar/Rome
Runtime 107 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Versions English, French, Italian, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Locarno 2001 (Piazza), Toronta 2001, Berlin 2002 (German Cinema), Ophuels-Festival Saarbruecken 2002, Gothenburg 2002, Créteil 2002, Havana 2002, Tehran 2003, Sofia 2014, Zurich 2016
Awards Jury’s Grand Prix Best Feature Film Créteil 2002, German Film Award 2002 for Best Leading Actress, German Film Critics' Award 2003 for Best Actress
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein

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