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Scene from "Summer Storm" (photo © Claussen+Woebke Filmproduktion)

Tobi and Achim have been best friends for years. As cox and oarsman, they have helped their team win several rowing cups in the past and are now looking forward to the big regatta in the countryside. But this trip is no summer camp anymore and the first problems soon arise. As Achim's relationship with Sandra grows more serious, Tobi starts to realize that his feelings for Achim run deeper than he’s willing to admit to himself. He feels confused, unsure of himself and increasingly left out. When Sandra’s girlfriend Anke shows interest in him, this only adds to his anxiety. Then it turns out that the much-anticipated Berlin girls' team has been replaced by a team of athletic, cliché-bursting young gay men. Tobi and his teammates are suddenly forced to grapple with their prejudices, their fears, and, perhaps, their hidden longings. As the tension grows, Tobi, Achim and the others head towards a confrontation as fierce and, ultimately, liberating as the summer storm gathering over the lake...

SUMMER STORM spotlights the emotional confusion of a young man at the threshold of adulthood. Bolstering the film's authenticity is the dazzling characterization of Tobi by award-winning young Robert Stadlober (Best Leading Actor at the Montreal Film Festival, 2001).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Marco Kreuzpaintner
Screenplay Marco Kreuzpaintner, Thomas Bahmann
Cinematography Daniel Gottschalk
Hansjörg Weißbrich
Niki Reiser
Heike Lange
Cast Miriam Morgenstern, Alicja Bachleda, Kostja Ullmann, Robert Stadlober
Producers Uli Putz, Jakob Claussen, Thomas Wöbke
Production Company Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion
Runtime 98 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Munich 2004, Toronto 2004, Ljubljana 2004, Berlin 2005; Zlín 2015
Awards Audience Award Munich 2004
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, BKM, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor X Verleih

World Sales
Bavaria Media International