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Where the Grass is Greener (Nur ein Sommer)

Where the Grass is Greener
Scene from “Where the Grass is Greener” (photo © Razor Film)

Eva’s bags are packed, she’s ready to go.

The 35-year-old mother of a grown-up son, has little choice in the matter – the good jobs are practically all gone in the East German town of Eberswalde. Her boyfriend Marco, however, can’t stand to see her leave. Eva’s been offered a summer job in Switzerland; three months of milking cows on a mountain. Without hesitating, and at very short notice, she heads for the Alps to help farmer Daniel take care of 40 lively and lovely dairy cows.

The crusty cheese-maker is very skeptical of his new assistant – on the other hand he has his own agenda since his wife ran away and he cannot run the farm by himself. Eva is not so keen on a new husband but proves that she is a good worker and shows a great interest in the art of making cheese.

Eva and Daniel work well together. Slowly, they get to know each other, and become more intimate. So intimate that when her boyfriend Marco shows up unexpectedly to check what’s going on, he senses a change in his girlfriend. As summer wanes, and the season begins to turn, Eva re-determines the course of her life, and finally makes a surprising choice.
Genre Drama, Love Story / Romance
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Tamara Staudt
Screenplay Tamara Staudt
Cinematography Michael Hammon
Joerg Hauschild
Peter von Siebenthal
Irmhild Gumm, Andreas Piontkowitz
Cast Anna Loos, Stefan Gubser, Steve Wrzesniowski, Oliver Zgorelec, Stephanie Glaser, Peter Wyssbrod, Dieter Stoll, Robert Hoeller, Ursula Karusseit
Producers Roman Paul, Gerhard Meixner
Production Companies Razor Film Produktion/Berlin, Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion/Zurich, in co-production with SRF/Zurich, Senator Film Produktion
Runtime 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
 German/Swiss German
Subtitled Versions English, German
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2008, Goa 2008
Awards DEFA Foundation Promotion Award Saarbruecken 2008
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, BKM, Zuercher Filmstiftung, Praesens-Film, Moonstone International
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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