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Scene from “Kindersuche” (photo © Ziegler Film GmbH & Co. KG/Britta Krehl)

Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 04/2008

A mother searches desperately for her daughter in the confusion and chaos of post-war Europe. It is summer 1946. Germany lies in ruins. Millions of displaced persons are on the move. At Gleiwitz/Gliwice station, Rosemarie Herrmann (Felicitas Woll) and family are trying to reach the train for western Germany. Among the huge crowds, her ten-year-old daughter Marie (Magali Greif) becomes separated and vanishes in the teeming masses. The desperate Rosemarie, her father, sister and small son end up in Swabia. Rosemarie tries everything to find her daughter. Official channels prove no use. Then she meets Harald Bergmann (Wotan Wilke Moehring) who offers to help her. Rosemarie intensifies her search. Meanwhile, Marie is now in a children’s home on the Baltic. Her emotional and mental state is deteriorating.

Gripping drama from Ziegler Film, one of the Germany’s largest independent film and television producers. Founded in 1973 by Regina Ziegler, “Our aim,” she says, “is to awaken the interest and attention of the audience. This has always been a demanding market and the only way to stimulate an audience is with a profile of creativity and quality.”

As Ziegler Film’s track record shows, it’s something they’re very good at! Past honors include the Golden Rose at Montreux, the German Film Award and the Adolf Grimme Award. “We have always placed a constant focus on film,” Ziegler continues, “with productions such as Korczak (screened in Cannes), A Year of the Quiet Sun (Golden Lion Venice), Fabian (Oscar® and Golden Globe nomination) and the Erotic Tales series (Oscar®-nomination for The Dutch Master)”.

For Kindersuche, the company was able to win two top names, Felicitas Woll and Wotan Wilke Moehring.

An extremely versatile actress, one who puts the character before herself, Woll first became a household name in the comedy series Berlin, Berlin, for which she walked away with the Adolf Grimme Award and the Bavarian TV Award. And as her various credits show (Maedchen, Maedchen, Tatort, Dresden), she is equally at home on the big as well as small screen, able to cross genres with ease.

Wotan Wilke Moehring makes for great onscreen tough guy presence with depth! A character actor, he’s much in demand for both film and television. Yet to be seen in the Tom Cruise epic Valkyrie, his previous and extensive credits include Bang Boom Bang – Ein todsicheres Ding, Das Experiment, Lammbock, Antikoerper, and Nichts als Gespenster.

Director Miguel Alexandre can also look back on an award-winning track record (not that he’s finished by any means!). In 2005 he won the Adolf Grimme Award for Gruesse aus Kaschmir. Gran Paradiso (2001) was nominated in the German Film Awards for Best Film, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. Der Pakt (1996) was recognized with a Golden Lion in Venice while his About War (1993) was nominated for an Oscar® in the category of Best Foreign Student Film.

Creativity and quality: two givens at Ziegler Film, with Kindersuche, a gripping emotional drama, set to continue the trend.

Genre History, Drama

Year of Production 2008
Director Miguel Alexandre
Screenplay Gabriela Sperl
Cinematography Busso von Mueller, Hermann Beyer
Tobias Forth
Thomas Franz
Cast Felicitas Woll, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Inga Birkenfeld, Roman Knižka, Magali Greif
Producers Gabriela Sperl, Wolfgang Hantke
Production Company Ziegler Film, in cooperation with SWR, ARD Degeto, ARTE, ORF/Vienna
Format Super 16, color
Shooting Dates Sulzburg, Sperenberg, Wrangelsburg, Berlin, June - August 2008

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