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WOLFSCHILDREN

by Rick Ostermann

synopsis

Set in an East Prussian village under Russian occupation in the year 1947, the 14-year-old Hans and his 9-year-old brother Karl lose their mother who dies of starvation during a hard winter. On her death bed the mother asks Hans to look after his younger brother. Even though Hans seems less capable of coming to terms with the challenges to be faced than his young brother, he is given all the responsibility: they need to make their way through to Lithuania where some farmers have the children’s interest at heart. On their way Hans loses Fritz while crossing a large river under attack. This marks the beginning of an odyssey in which Hans, driven by the desire to find his brother, joins a group of children on a journey to a foreign land and a fight against hunger, adverse weather and illness.

international title: Wolfschildren
original title: Wolfskinder
country: Germany
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Rick Ostermann
screenplay: Rick Ostermann
cast: Jürgen Vogel, Jördis Triebel, Helena Phil, Levin Liam, Til-Niklas Theinert
cinematography by: Leah Striker
film editing: Antje Lass
art director: Vilius Vanagas
costumes designer: Esther Walz
producer: Stefan Sporbert, Rüdiger Heinze
production: Zum Goldenen Lamm Filmproduktion, HR - Hessischer Rundfunk, ARTE France
backing: MFG Baden-Württemberg, German Federal Film Board, Hessische Filmförderung

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Venice 2013 Orizzonti
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