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Lea Kurka, Sidede Onyulo (photo © Bavaria Film International)

Just before the outbreak of World War II, the German-Jewish Redlich family manages to escape the Nazi terror at the very last moment.

Five year old Regina begins a new life with her parents, Jettel and Walter, on a small isolated farm in Kenya, where they lead an impoverished existence far removed from their roots in Germany. While Regina discovers the magic of Africa, a foreign continent full of strange people, her parents become desperate in the face of poverty and isolation. For Walter, his inability to cut Germany out of his heart tortures him far more than their economic plight. This remains so even when he becomes certain that the rest of his family in Germany has been murdered by the Nazis.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Caroline Link
Screenplay Caroline Link
Cinematography Gernot Roll
Patricia Rommel
Niki Reiser
Uwe Szielasko, Susann Bieling
Cast Sidede Onyulo, Karoline Eckertz, Lea Kurka, Juliane Köhler, Matthias Habich, Merab Ninidze
Producer Peter Herrmann
Production Company MTM Medien & Television/Munich, in co-production with Bernd Eichinger, Michael Weber, Thilo Kleine, Sven Ebeling, Bavaria Film, Constantin Film Produktion, Media Cooperation One/Stuttgart
Runtime 141 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Versions English, French, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Karlovy Vary 2002 (in competition), Jersualem 2002, Toronto 2002, Viareggio 2002, Warsaw 2002 (German Panorama), Valladolid 2002 (in competition), Hamptons International Film Festival 2002, Pusan 2002, Havana 2002, Mar del Plata 2003, Kolkata 2003, Kolkata 2009, Zlín 2015
Awards German Film Awards 2002 for Best Picture, Best Direction & Best Supporting Actor, Best Music, FIPRESCI Award & Special Jury Prize Karlovy Vary 2002, Mayor's Prize for Best Feature Jerusalem 2002, Audience Award for Best Feature Film Hamptons 2002, Bavarian Film Award 2002, Grand Prize of the Jury & Best Screenplay Bordeaux 2002, Bavarian Film Award/Audience Award 2003, Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film 2003
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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