Film Info: Im Winter ein Jahr

A Year Ago in Winter (Im Winter ein Jahr)

A Year Ago in Winter
Scene from "A Year Ago in Winter" (photo © 2008 Constantin Film Verleih GmbH)

A grieving woman commissions a painter to do a portrait of her children: her 22-year-old daughter and, most surprisingly, her 19-year-old son, who recently died in a tragic accident. As he struggles to perfect his portrait, the stormy interaction between artist and subjects brings forth the intense psychological state of a complex family. A powerful story in which the tragic loss of a loved one becomes the catalyst for each family member to rediscover themselves and redefine their relationships.


Caroline Link was born in Bad Nauheim in 1964 and studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich. Her graduation film SOMMERTAGE (1991) won the Kodak Award at the Hof Film Festival. Her 1996 feature debut BEYOND SILENCE (JENSEITS DER STILLE) was nominated in 1998 for the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film and received the Bavarian Film Award, the German Film Award in Silver and the Guild Film Award in Gold, among other commendations. Her other films include: the Erich Kästner-adaptation ANNALUISE AND ANTON (PÜNKTCHEN UND ANTON, 1999), KALLE DER TRÄUMER (TV, 1992), GLÜCK ZUM ANFASSEN (1989), BUNTE BLUMEN (1988), and the Academy Award®-winning NOWHERE IN AFRICA (NIRGENDWO IN AFRIKA, 2001) for which she also received German Film Awards for Best Film and Best Director as well as the Special Jury Prize at Karlovy Vary in 2002, and her latest feature EXIT MARRAKECH (2013).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Caroline Link
Screenplay Caroline Link
Cinematography Bella Halben
Cast Mišel Matičević, Hanns Zischler, Corinna Harfouch, Josef Bierbichler, Karoline Herfurth, Cyril Sjöström, Jacob Matschenz
Producers Martin Moszkowicz, Uschi Reich
Production Companies Bavaria Filmverleih- & Produktion/Munich, Constantin Film Produktion
Length 129 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Toronto 2008 (Gala Presentation), Hof 2008, Marrakech 2008, Berlin 2009 (German Cinema), Hong Kong 2009, Giffoni 2009, Mill Valley 2009, Kolkata 2009, Tallinn Black Nights 2009, Havanna 2009, Kerala 2009
Awards Bavarian Film Prize 2009 (Best Director & Best Newcomer Actress), German Film Award 2009 (Best Film: Silver, Best Score), Crytal Griffon Giffoni 2009
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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