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SOURCES OF LIFE

by Oskar Roehler

synopsis

Germany 1949: Veteran soldier Erich feels like a stranger after his return to his homeland, which in the meantime has become a new Federal Republic. Through Erich and his children’s and grandchildren’s generations, we experience the milestones in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany: his wife has a lover, in order to promote the “economic miracle” a garden gnome factory is built, his son becomes a poet, but it’s his son’s wife who is far more talented, and his grandson, strengthened by the Group 47 and free love, is surprisingly capable of finding the only one, true love and becomes a cheerful and good person in a country of narcissists, petty bourgeoisie, and former Nazis. And even Erich is moved, despite his frustration, to acts of greatness.

international title: Sources of Life
original title: Quellen des Lebens
country: Germany
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Oskar Roehler
film run: 173'
release date: DE 14/02/2013
screenplay: Oskar Roehler
cast: Jürgen Vogel, Moritz Bleibtreu, Meret Becker, Lavinia Wilson, Kostja Ullmann
cinematography by: Carl-Friedrich Koschnick
producer: Stefan Arndt
co-producer: Michael Süss
production: X Filme Creative Pool, Süss Film, WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk, BR Bayerischer Rundfunk, NDR - Norddeutscher Rundfunk, ARD Degeto Film GMBH
backing: Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Fund, German Federal Film Board, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, RBB
distributor: X Verleih