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GARDEN, THE (SOMMERHÄUSER)

GARDEN, THE
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1976, the height of summer. A heat wave. Everybody is sweating. The wasps are even more aggressive than usual. In the midst of it all, a German family who are spending the dog days in their communal garden – just as they always do. Yet the passing of their overbearing matriarch Sophie reveals fine cracks in the family’s relationships while subtly changing how they interact. While the adults argue about the sale of the property, the children are free to roam the garden and the neighborhood. Suddenly the news of the disappearance of a little girl disrupts the placid summer idyll…


Sonja Maria Kröner was born in Munich in 1979. At the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, she majored in Philosophy and Literature and studied Screenwriting and Directing at the University of Television and Film Munich (HFF). She received a media art scholarship from the Kirch Foundation and the HFF Munich for her video installation SIX DOORS, a peep show about six women in six phases of life shown in the Annual Art Show at Haus der Kunst in 2010. After making her graduation film ZUCCHINIBLÜTEN, she worked on the installations THE BLACK HOLE and FLIPBOOK NEWS (a walk-in flip book), followed by her feature film THE GARDEN, which premiered at the Munich International Film Festival 2017.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2017
Director Sonja Maria Kröner
Screenplay Sonja Maria Kröner
Cinematography Julia Daschner
Cast Thomas Loibl, Laura Tonke, Ursula Werner, Günther Maria Halmer, Christine Schorn, Inge Maux, Mavie Hörbiger, Emilia Pieske
Producers Philipp Worm, Tobias Walker
Production Company Walker+Worm Film/Munich, in co-production with WDR, Bayerischer Rundfunk
Length 97 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Munich 2017, Toronto 2017, Sao Paulo 2017, Thessaloniki 2017, ZINEBI – International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao 2017, Black Nights Tallinn 2017, Göteborg 2018, Miami 2018, Havana 2018
Awards Best Production & Best Direction Munich 2017, Bavarian Film Prize 2017 (Best Screenplay)
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, BKM, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film

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