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Scene from "Cherry Blossoms - Hanami" (photo © Patrick Zorer)

Only Trudi knows that her husband Rudi is suffering from a terminal illness. It is up to her to tell him or not. The doctor suggests that they do something together, perhaps something they were long planning to do... Trudi decides not to tell her husband about the gravity of his illness and to follow the doctor's advice. She convinces Rudi to visit their children and grandchildren in Berlin. But once they arrive, they realize that their children are so busy with their own lives that they have no time for them. Then, suddenly, Trudi dies. Rudi is devastated and has no idea what to do next. From his daughter's girlfriend he learns that Trudi's love for him had led her to forego the life that she had wanted to live. He begins to see her with new eyes and vows to make up for her lost life. And so he embarks on his last journey – to Tokyo, in the midst of the cherry blossom festival, a celebration of beauty, impermanence, and new beginnings...
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Doris Dörrie
Screenplay Doris Dörrie
Cinematography Hanno Lentz
Frank Mueller, Inez Regnier
Claus Bantzer
Cast Aya Irizuki, Birgit Minichmayr, Floriane Daniel, Maximilian Brückner, Felix Eitner, Nadja Uhl, Hannelore Elsner, Elmar Wepper, Tadashi Endo
Producers Ruth Stadler, Patrick Zorer, Harald Kügler, Molly von Fürstenberg
Production Company Olga Film/Munich, in co-production with BR, ARD Degeto, ARTE
Runtime 126 min
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Stereo
Festivals Berlin 2008 (In Competition), Seattle 2008, Montreal 2008, Sao Paulo 2008, Goa 2008, Havana 2008, Palms Springs 2009, Istanbul 2009, Huesca 2009, Kolkata 2009, Seminci Valldolid 2015, Sao Paulo 2019, Kolkata 2019
Awards Bavarian Film Award 2007 (Producers' Prize & Best Actor Elmar Wepper), German Film Award 2008 (Best Film in Silver, Best Actor Elmar Wepper, Best Costumes), Best Film Golden Space Needle Award Seattle 2008
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund (DFFF)
German Distributor Majestic Filmverleih

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