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VACATION

by Thomas Arslan

synopsis

It’s summertime at a remote country house in the Uckermark nestling in the midst of protective woods. The inhabitants of this refuge far away from the rest of the world are Anna, her husband Robert and their son, Max. During the course of the summer, several generations of this sprawling family will come here. Laura, Anna’s daughter from her first marriage, arrives from Berlin with her partner Paul and their children to spend their holidays here. Things get off to a promising start with a pleasant round of long walks, swimming in the nearby lake, and family meals in the garden. What looked like an idyllic sojourn is cut short when Anna’s mother falls seriously ill and has to be brought to the house and cared for. Before long, the cracks in Paul’s and Laura’s relationship begin to become increasingly apparent. Even more confusion is caused by the appearance of Laura’s sister Sophie, who lives abroad.

international title: Vacation
original title: Ferien
country: Germany
year: 2007
genre: fiction
directed by: Thomas Arslan
film run: 91'
screenplay: Thomas Arslan, Thomas Arslan
cast: Angela Winkler, Karoline Eichhorn, Uwe Bohm, Gudrun Ritter, Anja Schneider
cinematography by: Michael Wiesweg
film editing: Bettina Blickwede
art director: Gabriella Ausonio
costumes designer: Birgit Kilian, Claudia Gonschorek
producer: Thomas Arslan
production: Pickpocket Productions, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), 3Sat

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Berlinale 2007 Panorama Special
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