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For 15 years now, the parents have been leading an underground existence, hiding among the anonymous tourists on the beaches of Portugal. They have broken a taboo: they have conceived a daughter. A girl who has never swapped clothes with her friends, never skipped classes in school, camped out at lakes, got drunk and broken off with her boyfriend in ice-cream parlours. A girl who is alone.

The parents are just about to establish some sort of legal identity for themselves in Brazil, when a slight negligence causes everything to fall apart around them. And again they are on the run, which brings them back to Germany. Meanwhile, their daughter has fallen in love. A love which will lead to a tragedy and destroy the family.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Christian Petzold
Screenplay Harun Farocki, Christian Petzold
Cinematography Hans Fromm
Bettina Böhler
Stefan Will
Cast Bilge Binguel, Richy Müller, Julia Hummer, Barbara Auer
Producer Florian Koerner von Gustorf
Production Company Schramm Film Koerner & Weber, in co-production with ARTE, HR/Frankfurt
Runtime 100 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Versions English, Italian, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Venice 2000, Thessaloniki 2000 (Best Screenplay Award), Rotterdam 2001, Gothenburg 2001, Berlin 2001 (New German Films), Festival do Rio 2013, Seminci Valldolid 2015, DocLisboa 2015, Odesa 2017, Jerusalem 2018
Awards German Film Award in Gold for Best Feature 2001, Best Feature & Best Editing by the German Association of Film Critics 2002
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, BKM
German Distributor Neue Pegasos Film/Frankfurt

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