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Terminally ill, Lea surprises her family with her wish to die, consciously and controlled, on her own birthday. Her mother tries everything to prevent the plan. But things turn out differently. Tragic and dignified.

22-year-old Lea travels to Zurich, despite her terminal illness. After years of suffering, suicide seems to be the only solution for her. She has made her decision and seems to be relieved that she will be able to leave her illness behind.

She sends her sister Rita, her overwhelmed mother Hannah and grandmother Maria a text message. She wants to spend her very last day, her own birthday, with her family. Lea’s ex-boyfriend Heiner also finds out about her plan and travels to Zurich. And on top of it all, Lea meets the somewhat strange but likeable Moritz at her hotel, who has come to Zurich for the same reason.

In Zurich parallel words collide: Lea is determined but encounters fierce resistance from her own inner circle of loved ones.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2013
Director Frederik Steiner
Screenplay Barbara te Kock
Cinematography Florian Emmerich
Cast Liv Lisa Fries, Lena Stolze, Sophie Rogall, Kerstin de Ahna, Bibiana Beglau, Johannes Zirner, Max Hegewald, Minh-Khai Phan-Thi, Robert Hunger-Bühler
Producers Peter Heilrath, Andreas Bareiss, Sven Burgemeister
Co-Producers Josef Reidinger, Antonio Exacoustos
Production Company Peter Heilrath Filmproduktion/Munich, in co-production with Goldkind Film/Munich, ARRI Media, SWR, ARTE
Runtime 103 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Hof 2013, Plus Camerimage 2013, Max Ophüls Festival Saarbrücken 2014, Beijing 2015
Awards Bavarian Film Award 2013 (Best Newcomer Actress), Best Newcomer Actress Saarbrücken 2014
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Drehbuchwerkstatt München
German Distributor Universum Film

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