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Germany 1949: Veteran soldier Erich feels like a stranger after his return to his homeland, which in the meantime has become a new Federal Republic. Through Erich and his children’s and grandchildren’s generations, we experience the milestones in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany: his wife has a lover, in order to promote the “economic miracle” a garden gnome factory is built, his son becomes a poet, but it’s his son’s wife who is far more talented, and his grandson, strengthened by the Group 47 and free love, is surprisingly capable of finding the only one, true love and becomes a cheerful and good person in a country of narcissists, petty bourgeoisie, and former Nazis. And even Erich is moved, despite his frustration, to acts of greatness.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2012
Director Oskar Roehler
Screenplay Oskar Roehler
Cinematography Carl-Friedrich Koschnick
Cast Jürgen Vogel, Moritz Bleibtreu, Meret Becker, Lavinia Wilson, Kostja Ullmann
Producer Stefan Arndt
Co-Producer Michael Süss
Production Company X Filme Creative Pool, in co-production with Süss Film/Starnberg, WDR, BR, NDR, ARD Degeto
Runtime 178 min
Format 35 mm, DCP, color, 1:1.85
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Karlovy Vary 2013 (In Competition), Festival do Rio 2013, Kyiv Molodist 2013 , Black Nights Tallinn 2013
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, in cooperation with RBB
German Distributor X Verleih

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