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by Christian Schwochow


Two suitcases and a cuddly toy – that’s all Nelly and her son Alexej take with them to start their new lives in the West. A Volkswagen stops outside their house in East Berlin. A West German takes them across the border. Nelly claims they are getting married. She is nervous. It’s summer, the late 70s, three years after Wassilij’s death. Nelly’s boyfriend died in a car accident. Ever since, she has been wanting to leave, too...

international title: West
original title: Lagerfeuer
country: Germany
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Christian Schwochow
film run: 102'
release date: DE 27/03/2014, GB 12/06/2015
screenplay: Heide Schwochow
cast: Jördis Triebel, Tristan Göbel, Alexander Scheer, Anja Antonowicz
cinematography by: Frank Lamm
film editing: Jens Klüber
art director: Jan Müller
costumes designer: Kristin Schuster
music: Lorenz Dangel
producer: Thomas Kufus, Barbara Buhl
co-producer: Christoph Friedel, Helge Sasse, Katrin Schlösser
production: Zero One Film, Ö Filmproduktion, Terz Filmproduktion, Senator Film Produktion
distributor: Senator Filmverleih, Sophie Dulac Distribution, Verve Pictures

main awards/selection

Montréal World Film Festival 2013

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