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Heimat II (Zweite Heimat, Die)

Heimat II
Scene from "Heimat II" (photo courtesy of Filmmuseum Berlin/Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek)

Hermann Simon, the main character, was born in Schabbach in 1940. Before he leaves his village he swears three oaths: first, never to return to his provincial backyard; second, to devote his whole life to music; third, never to fall in love again, for if love exists, it only happens once in a lifetime. And it happend to him when he was 16! Will Hermann be able to keep to his agenda? He makes friends, he finds those who, like himself, do not want to end their days in the place they were born. "All of them are still like children, like trusting little lambs with woolly coats, but already every second gone by decides on success or failure."
Genre Drama
Category TV Movie
Year of Production 1992
Directors Edgar Reitz, Robert Busch
Screenplay Edgar Reitz
Cinematography Christian Reitz, Gernot Roll, Gerard Vandenberg
Susanne Hartmann
Nikos Mamangakis
Cast Henry Arnold, Daniel Smith, Armin Fuchs, László I. Kish, Peter Weiss, Lena Lessing, Martin Maria Blau, Frank Roeth, Salome Kammer, Anke Sevenich, Gisela Mueller, Noemi Steuer, Michael Schoenborn, Hannelore Hoger, Franziska Traub
Producer Edgar Reitz
Production Company Edgar Reitz Filmproduktion
Runtime 1,532 min
Format 35 mm, color, b&w
Subtitled Versions Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby
Festivals Venice 1992, London 1992, Rotterdam 1993, Goteborg 1993, Natfilm Copenhagen 1993, Dublin 1993, Mannheim 2004
Awards Special Anniversary Award: Golden Lion Venice 1992, Honorary Cultural Award of the City of Munich 1992, David di Donatello Award 1993, Lucchino Visconti Prize 1993, Telestar 1993, Adolf Grimme Award 1993, Baden-Baden Television Award 1993, Golden Gate Award 1994, Europe d'Honneur 1994
With backing from Filmfoerderung Brandenburg
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