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Scene from "Zeppelin!" (photo © Gordian Maugg Filmproduktion/Transit Film)

In order to finally bring to an end a story his father has kept hidden in a faded old notebook, Matthias Silcher researches the story of his grandfather Robert, who died in 1937 in Lakehurst as a crew member on the Hindenburg. His investigation leads him to the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen to one of Robert’s former colleagues, Karl Semmle. But the old man rejects Matthias and first wants to know why he is so curious before he breaks his silence.

The bizarre circumstances of Robert’s death and the lives of his surviving family members thereafter does not come to light until 2004 with the help of Karl Semmle, the only witness of the time who really knows what happened and what drove Robert to sacrifice his own life to save the airship industry – a decision that would go on to haunt the lives of three generations.
Genre History
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Gordian Maugg
Screenplay Gordian Maugg, Alexander Haeusser
Cinematography Christine A. Maier
Monika Schindler
Ferdinand Foersch
Fritz Guenthner
Cast Olaf Rauschenbach, Alexander May, Agnieszka Piwowarska, Christoph Bach, Hendrik Massute
Producer Gordian Maugg
Production Company Gordian Maugg Filmproduktion/Heidelberg & Berlin, in co-production with Transit Film/Munich
Runtime 105 min
Format 35 mm, color, b&w
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Stereo
Festivals Cairo 2006
With backing from MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Hessen Kultur, HR, Nordmedia, Kulturelle Filmstiftung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

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