Deutschland / Island / Dänemark 1996/1997, Spielfilm



Luebeck 1949. Maria, a young woman from Silesia, replies to an advertisement by the Icelandic farmers association that promises fortune and happiness. At last, a chance to get out of the reception camp where she has had to live with her mother since their escape.

On her journey there, she meets the seaman Olaf who tells her some old sagas. She falls in love. Olaf wants to fetch her from the farm and marry her. Working on the land is unfamiliar and tough, her loneliness knows no bounds, and painful memories of the last days of the war haunt her. And there is no sign of Olaf. But the spectacular landscape with its powerful crescendo of colours gives her strength. The farmer starts to pester her sexually. She escapes to Reykjavik, but cannot find Olaf. Instead, she meets the Jew Bruno who was only accepted by Iceland because he can play the flute. She learns from Bruno, who secretly loves Maria but is dangerously ill, that Olaf has since married and his wife is expecting a child. However, Olaf is not happily married and tries to seduce her a second time. But Maria remains strong and decides for Bruno instead....

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Originaltitel (DE) Maria



Length:2527 m, 92 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby Stereo
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 01.09.1997, 78152, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Kinostart (DE): 18.09.1997