Der deutsche Freund

Der deutsche Freund

Deutschland / Argentinien 2011/2012, Spielfilm

Inhalt

My German Friend

Sulamit, the daughter of German-Jewish emigrants from Germany, grows up in Buenos Aires in the fifties. Between her and Friedrich, the German boy living next door whose parents escaped to Argentina after the war, a deep intimacy and kinship develops. When Friedrich realizes that his father was an SS Lieutenant Colonel in Nazi Germany, he breaks off all contact with his family and goes to Germany to study. Sulamit follows him a few years later.

Friedrich takes an active part in the German protest movement of May 1968 and is dedicated to the Cuban cause and the liberation struggles of Latin America. Gradually his whole life centers on his political commitment. His desperate efforts to repair the damage that's been done leave no room for a love relationship in his traumatized universe. He finally leaves Germany to join an Argentinian guerilla movement. His very first military action leads to his arrest and he ends up in jail. Sulamit remains in Germany, gets her master's degree and initially works as a translator. She starts a relationship with Michael, a man who loves her and supports her with her career. But to her he is more of a father figure and not the great love of her life. Sulamit visits Friedrich in a remote jail in Argentina, but he suppresses his feelings and she returns to Germany. When the dictatorship in Argentina finally falls, Friedrich is set free. He remains in Patagonia, living near an indigenous Mapuche settlement. Sulamit, now 43, once again travels to Argentina to meet Friedrich. This time their encounter is about to take a different turn.

A film about love and politics, about overcoming origins and the heritage of parents.

Source: German Films Service & Marketing GmbH

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Credits

Director:Jeanine Meerapfel
Screenplay:Jeanine Meerapfel
Director of photography:Victor González
Editing:Andrea Wenzler
Music:Floros Floridis
  
Cast: 
Celeste CidSulamit
Max RiemeltFriedrich
Benjamin SadlerMichael
Julieta VetranoSulamit als Kind
Juan Francisco ReyFriedrich als Kind
Noemí FrenkelIda Löwenstein
Pierre NoherPhilipp Löwenstein
Katja AlemannFrau Burg
Carlos KasparHerr Burg
Daniel FanegoEduardo
Adriana AizenbergTante Else
Hartmut BeckerWerner Kunheim
Fernán MirásProfessor Durán
  
Production company:Malena Filmproduktion GmbH & Co. KG (Berlin)
Producer:Jeanine Meerapfel

All Credits

Director:Jeanine Meerapfel
Assistant director:Schoko Okroy
Script supervisor:Axel Schill
Screenplay:Jeanine Meerapfel
Director of photography:Victor González
Assistant camera:Rolf Rosendahl
Production design:Alexander Scherer, Frederico Mayol
Make-up artist:Sabine Schumann, Waldemar Pokromski
Costume design:Lucia Faust, Connie Balduzzi
Editing:Andrea Wenzler
Sound:Michael Busch, Victor Alejandro Tendler
Music:Floros Floridis
  
Cast: 
Celeste CidSulamit
Max RiemeltFriedrich
Benjamin SadlerMichael
Julieta VetranoSulamit als Kind
Juan Francisco ReyFriedrich als Kind
Noemí FrenkelIda Löwenstein
Pierre NoherPhilipp Löwenstein
Katja AlemannFrau Burg
Carlos KasparHerr Burg
Daniel FanegoEduardo
Adriana AizenbergTante Else
Hartmut BeckerWerner Kunheim
Fernán MirásProfessor Durán
  
Production company:Malena Filmproduktion GmbH & Co. KG (Berlin)
in co-production with:GFF Geissendörfer Film- und Fernsehproduktion GmbH (München), Ricardo Freixa (Buenos Aires), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln)
Producer:Jeanine Meerapfel
Co-Producer:Hans W. Geißendörfer, Ricardo Freixa
Line producer:Paul Müller
Unit production manager:Elke Sasserath
Location manager:Florian Holzapfel, Yvonne Wassong (Motiv)
Shoot:03.03.2011-01.06.2011: Buenos Aires, Köln, Frankfurt am Main
Original distributor:Neue Visionen Filmverleih GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf), Hessen Invest (Frankfurt am Main), Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin), Beauftragte/r der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien -Filmförderung- (Berlin), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Instituto Nacional de Cine y Arte Audiovisuales (INCAA) (Buenos Aires)
Length:104 min
Format:35mm, 16:9
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 23.10.2012, 135463, ab 12 Jahre/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Aufführung (GB): 13.10.2012, London , BFI IFF, Screen on the Green;
Kinostart (DE): 01.11.2012

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Der deutsche Freund
Titelübersetzung (US) My German Friend
Arbeitstitel (AR) El amigo alemán

Versions

Original

Length:104 min
Format:35mm, 16:9
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 23.10.2012, 135463, ab 12 Jahre/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Aufführung (GB): 13.10.2012, London , BFI IFF, Screen on the Green;
Kinostart (DE): 01.11.2012
 

Awards

FBW 2012
Prädikat: besonders wertvoll