Film Info: Unkenrufe - Zeit der Versöhnung

Call of the Toad (Unkenrufe - Zeit der Versöhnung)

Call of the Toad
Scene from "Call of the Toad" (photo © Ziegler Film/Filmcontract/Killerpic)

The art historian Alexander Reschke meets the energetic Polish restorer Aleksandra Piatowska in 1989 on one of his visits to Gdansk, the city of his childhood. Just like Alexander, Aleksandra is also widowed and had to leave her hometown at a very early age. She is originally from Vilnius in Lithuania. During a dinner together, they come upon an inspiration: what if they both established a foundation that would provide for burials in one’s hometown? A sort of reconciliation cemetery for Germans in Gdansk and for Poles in Vilnius.

Months later their idea becomes reality and they become a couple. Together they set up a foundation with Polish and German partners. When the first funeral takes place at the Gdansk cemetery, they are both moved to tears, even though there is still one downer: the Russians in Vilnius have not taken to their idea.

Before long, the reconciliation cemetery becomes more and more commercial, while Aleksandra and Alexander’s original hope of international understanding is cast by the wayside. The powers of capitalism are stronger, and hard currency prevails over idealistic intentions.


Robert Glinski was born in 1952 in Warsaw. After studying Architecture in Warsaw, he studied Directing at the National Film School in Lodz. Also active in television and the theater, a selection of his films includes: We Are Not Afraid (documentary, 1981), Coxless Pair (documentary, 1982), Sunday Pranks (1983), Nr. 94287 Nr. 181970 (documentary, 1986), Me Jew (documentary, 1987), Swan Song (1988), Supervision (1990), All That Really Matters (1992), One Daughter, Two Mothers (1995), Love and Do What You Want (1998), Hi Tereska (2001), and Call of the Toad (Unkenrufe - Zeit der Versoehnung, 2005), based on Guenter Grass' novel of the same name.
Genre Literature, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Robert Glinski
Screenplay Klaus Richter, Pawel Huelle, Cezary Harasimowicz
Cinematography Jacek Petrycki
Krzysztof Szeptmanski
Robert G. Mitchell
Jochen Schumacher
Cast Mareike Carrière, Krzysztof Globisz, Joachim Król, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Udo Samel, Matthias Habich, Krystyna Janda, Dorothea Walda, Bhasker Patel
Producers Regina Ziegler, Elke Ried, Henryk Romanowski, Mike Downey
Production Companies Zieglerfilm Koeln/Cologne, Ziegler Film/Berlin, Filmcontract/Warsaw, Killerpic/London
Length 94 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German/Polish
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Madrid Móstoles 2005
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Eurimages, Polish Cultural Ministry, City of Gdansk
German Distributor NFP Marketing & Distribution*

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