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photo © Roxy Film, CIP, BR 1980

From the beginning, the love Willie has for Robert is sorely tested. The apparently peaceful Zurich of 1938 is already overshadowed by the coming events. Robert’s father is an influential lawyer and director of a Jewish refugee organization who tries hard to prevent Willie’s return to Switzerland. World events drive the two further and further apart. When war breaks out their connection seems completely severed. But Willie is fortunate. A song she recorded some time before, and which seemed forgotten, is broadcast by the military broadcasting station in Belgrade, pervading the solitude of the soldiers. The song will outlast the war, but love will not.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1981
Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Screenplay Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Cinematography Xaver Schwarzenberger
Cast Hanna Schygulla, Giancarlo Giannini, Mel Ferrer, Christine Kaufmann, Hark Bohm
Production Company Roxy Film/Munich
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Kerala 2010, Locarno 2014, Thessaloniki 2014
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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