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by Kirsi Marie Liimatainen


Johanna, 13, has fallen in love with Christian, the 15-year-old son of the school's physical education teacher. It's her first experience of the kind and she's just beginning to negotiate the complexities of her feelings when her absent father returns home. And with him two other, unwelcome inhabitants of the house: violence and fear. Though her mother Erika's injuries mount, Johanna is under strict orders: what happens in the house must stay in the house. Meanwhile Johanna's love story continues. But her new love comes with mixed feelings. Is it always like this? Is love always entangled with guilt?

international title: Fortress
original title: Festung
country: Germany
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Kirsi Marie Liimatainen
film run: 100'
release date: DE 29/11/2012
screenplay: Nicole Armbruster
cast: Elisa Essig, Antonia T. Pankow, Ursina Lardi, Peter Lohmeyer, Karoline Herfurth, Ansgar Gobel
cinematography by: Christine A. Maier
film editing: Sarah J. Levine
costumes designer: Stephanie Riess
music: Matthias Petsche
producer: Alexandra Kordes
production: Kordes & Kordes Film GmbH
distributor: Farbfilm Verleih GmbH
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