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by Niko von Glasow


Spring 1945. The Americans march into Cologne. Documents are burning at the Gestapo's headquarters. Prisoners are being lined up. At the last minute, superintendent Kuetter tries to get the orders to execute them. But all lines are dead. Kuetter shoots himself. The prisoners survive. One of them is Karl, a 17-year-old boy. Karl remembers his life before. One and a half years previously, his life is about as normal as normal can be in a bombed out town. His mother is dead, his father is on the front, and he lives together with his younger brother Peter. Peter is a member of the Hitler Youth, Karl is an Edelweiss Pirate, the natural enemies of his brother's gang. Karl is also in love with his fallen brother's fiancee, Cilly. Karl's life changes when he and his friends find a runaway prisoner named Hans. Until Cilly falls in love with Hans...

international title: EDELWEISS PIRATES
original title: EDELWEISSPIRATEN
country: Germany
sales agent: Cinernavault Releasing International Inc. (CA)
year: 2004
genre: fiction
directed by: Niko von Glasow
film run: 95'
screenplay: Kiki von Glasow
cast: Iwan Stebunov, Bela B. Felsenheimer, Anna Thalbach, Jochen Nickel, Jan Decleir, Simon Taal, Jean Juelich, Wolfgang Michael, Volker Roehlich
cinematography by: Jolanta Dylewska (P.S.C.)
film editing: Oliver Weiss, Andreas Wodraschke
art director: Vera Zelinskaya
music: Andreas Schilling
producer: Niko von Glasow
production: Palladio Film GmbH & CO KG, WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk, X Filme Creative Pool
backing: Filmförderungsanstalt FFA, BKM, Filmstiftung Nordrheln-Westfalen

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