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From the set of SAME WAY (photo © Aleksandrija Ajdukovic/NEUESUPER)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 03/2011

SAME WAY (working title) asks where can Europe still be found. In the west? Or everywhere we want and where we call home?

Ruslana, a middle-aged Ukrainian, lives a lonely life in Munich, desperately trying to learn German and hoping her only son Bogdan will finally come to visit. Just when she fails her German exam yet again and a broken pipe floods her modest home, her luck changes when her neighbor Vladen, a former professional boxer from Serbia, comes to her rescue and overcomes her language barrier with his Slavic soul and homemade brandy. After he left his wife for his boxing career and began a new life in Germany she divorced him, now he too has very little.

Bogdan, Ruslana's son, is not interested in leaving the Ukraine. He scrapes a living in Kiev driving the not-so-successful pop singer Maria. Both rely on her rich patron. She has to sleep with him, Bogdan does what he's told. Bogdan is sick of them both, throws in his job and leaves Maria stuck in a traffic jam. But he still has no intention of following his mother to Germany. He turns back at the station and passes Maria at the entrance of the concert venue. After a fierce argument, he finally takes her home, by tram. They spend the night together, but the next morning her patron is standing at the door...

Zoran, Vladen's son, has never forgiven his parents for emigrating. He has never left Belgrade, where he still sees his future and, together with his attractive girlfriend Aida, lives a simple but satisfying life. When he witnesses an extortion attempt whilst working on a handyman job, he meets Jelena, the indecisive but loveable wife of the Austrian restaurant owner Günther. But Jelena intends to leave her homeland the next day, forever, and begin a new and safer life in Germany. In this last night Zoran succeeds in opening her eyes to a completely new Belgrade – the city of his hopes and dreams, a city with a future, for Jelena too.

Genre Drama
Category Feature
Director Daria Onyshchenko
Screenplay Daria Onyshchenko, Miroslav Mandic
Cinematography Erol Zubčević
Cast Karl Markovics, Georg Friedrich, Lea Mornar, Marija Skaricic, Vuk Kostic, Ivan Dobronravov, Viktoria Varlej
Producers Simon Amberger, Korbinian Dufter, Rafael Parente
Co-Producers Anna Palenchuk, Maria Govorukha, Hubert von Spreti
Production Company NEUESUPER/Munich, in co-production with 435 Films/Kiev, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München, BR
 German, Serbian, Ukrainian
Shooting Dates May-September 2011
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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81675 Munich/Germany
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