Deutschland / Australien / Großbritannien 2011/2012, Spielfilm


It is spring 1945, Germany has surrendered. Hour Zero. 14-year-old Lore's parents have vanished, her mother gone to stand by her husband, a senior SS officer interned by the Allies. With the country in ruins, divided into sectors, Lore is forced, like millions of others, to undertake a 900 km cross-country trek, from the Black Forest in the south to Hamburg in the north, to bring herself and her four siblings to the safety of their grandmother's. It is to be an epic journey that challenges every notion they hold of family, love and friendship.

On the road, days turn into weeks and what begins as an adventure becomes a ghostly journey into the heart of darkness of a wrecked country that is only unwillingly able to look the horrors of its own actions in the eye.

Still lacking a sense of what has transpired in the concentration and death camps, Lore realizes something terrible must have happened. She comes to feel increasingly that her parents must have been part of a crime, the scale of which she is still a long way from grasping. The paths of Lore, baby Peter, Liesel (11) and the twins Jürgen and Günter (8) cross those of Thomas, an emaciated young man of erratic behaviour who has a number tattooed on his forearm. It is unclear where he comes from and where he is going. But his persistence, disarming manner and unexpected moments of kindness slowly wins the children's confidence, but is he to be trusted?

At the end of the film Lore will reach her destination and Thomas' dark secret will be revealed. Too much will have happened to be put into words. Lore and her siblings might have returned to the security of their family but nothing will ever be as it was before.

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All Credits

Director:Cate Shortland
Script supervisor:Alisa Leptihn
Screenplay:Robin Mukherjee, Cate Shortland
based on:Rachel Seiffert (Roman -The Dark Room-)
Director of photography:Adam Arkapaw
Steadycam operator:Harald Mellwig, Jörg Süß
Gaffer:Martin Bourgund, Ralf Ommerborn
Production design:Silke Fischer
Property master:Lars Brockmann
Stand-by props:Friederike Berthold
Make-up artist:Katrin Westerhausen, Ulrike Borrmann
Costume design:Stefanie Bieker
Editing:Veronika Jenet
Sound design:Sam Petty
Sound:Michael Busch
Casting:Anja Dihrberg, Jacqueline Rietz
Music:Max Richter
Saskia RosendahlLore
Kai MalinaThomas
Nele TrebsLiesel
Ursina LardiMutti
Hans-Jochen WagnerVati
Mika SeidelJürgen
Andre FridGünther
Eva-Maria HagenGroßmutter
Sven PippigBauer
Philip WiegratzHelmut
Hanne WolharnMartha
Birte Schnöinkjunge Brünette
Production company:Rohfilm GmbH (Berlin), Porchlight Films (Sydney), Edge City Films (London)
in association with:Screen NSW Creative Scotland (Edinburgh)
Producer:Karsten Stöter, Benjamin Drechsel, Liz Watts, Paul Welsh
Executive producer:Margaret Matheson, Anita Sheehan, Vincent Sheehan
Line producer:Kurt Otterbacher
Unit production manager:Axel Unbescheid
Location manager:Thomas König-Mendler, Jens Marschalleck (Motiv), Arne Czock (motiv)
Shoot:19.07.2011-14.09.2011: Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein
Original distributor:Piffl Medien GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin), Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (FFHSH) (Hamburg), Hessen Invest (Frankfurt am Main), Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung GmbH (MDM) (Leipzig), MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg mbH (Stuttgart), Screen Australia (Woolloomooloo)
Length:109 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 24.10.2012, 134642, ab 16 Jahre/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (CH): 02.08.2012, Locarno, IFF;
Kinostart (DE): 01.11.2012


Originaltitel (DE) Lore



Length:109 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 24.10.2012, 134642, ab 16 Jahre/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (CH): 02.08.2012, Locarno, IFF;
Kinostart (DE): 01.11.2012


Filmplus 2013 2013
NRW Schnitt Preis Spielfilm
Giffoni Film Festival 2013
2. Platz der Jugendjury
Arca Cinemagiovani Award
2. Platz, GENERATOR +16
Campania Regional Council Award
Deutscher Filmpreis 2013
Lola, Bester Spielfilm in Bronze
Bayerischer Filmpreis 2013
Bester Komponist
Hessischer Filmpreis 2012
Bester Film
Filmfest Hamburg 2012
Preis der Hamburger Filmkritik
FBW 2012
Prädikat: besonders wertvoll
IFF Locarno 2012