Tal der Ahnungslosen

Tal der Ahnungslosen

Deutschland 2003, TV-Spielfilm

Inhalt

Valley of the Innocent

Shortly before her 40th birthday, police officer Eva Meyer is transferred from Frankfurt to Dresden. Eva was raised in an orphanage in Dresden, so the return forces her to deal with her past. It is a dazed curiosity with which she starts the quest for her parents.

She is anxious and afraid at the same time about what she will discover.
Eva starts looking in her former orphanage and in the “Stasi-Archives”, where information from the East-German secret police is collected. A puzzle starts to unfold in front of her, and she slowly puts the information about her parents together. Her birth was the result of a one night stand her mother Helga had with one of her husband’s (Hans) students, a Kenyan student named Shepard. However, the affair could not be kept secret, since Helga gave birth to a black child nine months later. The university used the scandal as a pretext to frighten the already shaken Hans into becoming a government agent. In exchange, the government saw to it that Shepard was expelled from the university and deported.
After Eve has put the pieces together and sees the entire picture, she wants to meet her mother. But her courage fails her. Feeling humiliated and rejected all over again, she decides to take the information she has gathered and pass it on to her mother anonymously.
When Helga receives the package, she is confronted with a truth that she has suppressed for years: her own husband was a Stasi operative and passed on information about her to the state. After a fight with Hans, Helga runs out of the house. But what she does not see is that the fight has led to an accident; Hans has fallen into the garden pond and drowned.
A dead body, a missing mother: this time Eva has to search for Helga again, but now she is the police officer in charge of investigating a potential homicide. Still, too many questions remain open, the pain is still there, the encounter of mother and daughter is long overdue.

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Credits

Director:Branwen Okpako
Screenplay:Branwen Okpako
Director of photography:Andreas Höfer
Editing:Monika Schindler
Music:Matthias Arfmann, Milan East
  
Cast: 
Nisma CherratEva Meyer
Angelica DomröseHelga Einzig
Kirsten BlockMaria Einzig
Florian PanznerEugen Löwenherz
Günter KurzeHans Einzig
Johannes BrandrupHans, jung
Jonathan KinslerSchäfer
Marianne LindenHelga, jung
Jean Claude MawilaSchäfer, jung
  
Production company:TeamWorxX Television & Film GmbH (Berlin / Potsdam / München / Ludwigsburg)
Producer:Joachim Kosack

All Credits

Director:Branwen Okpako
Assistant director:Christina Schachtschabel
Screenplay:Branwen Okpako
Director of photography:Andreas Höfer
Set design:Dunja Osiander
Costume design:Marion Bergmann
Editing:Monika Schindler
Sound editor:Dominic Kell, Sabrina Naumann (Dialoge)
Sound:Andreas Mücke-Niesytka
Music:Matthias Arfmann, Milan East
  
Cast: 
Nisma CherratEva Meyer
Angelica DomröseHelga Einzig
Kirsten BlockMaria Einzig
Florian PanznerEugen Löwenherz
Günter KurzeHans Einzig
Johannes BrandrupHans, jung
Jonathan KinslerSchäfer
Marianne LindenHelga, jung
Jean Claude MawilaSchäfer, jung
  
Production company:TeamWorxX Television & Film GmbH (Berlin / Potsdam / München / Ludwigsburg)
in co-production with:Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) (Mainz)
Producer:Joachim Kosack
Producer (TV):Jörg Schneider
Executive producer:Joachim Kosack
Producer:Jon Handschin
Unit production manager:Mathias Schwerbrock
Length:85 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby Digital
Screening:Uraufführung (CA): 09.09.2003, Toronto, Filmfestival;
Deutsche Erstaufführung (DE): 14.02.2004, Berlin, IFF - German Films

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Tal der Ahnungslosen

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Original

Length:85 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby Digital
Screening:Uraufführung (CA): 09.09.2003, Toronto, Filmfestival;
Deutsche Erstaufführung (DE): 14.02.2004, Berlin, IFF - German Films
 

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