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Die schöne Spionin

Die schöne Spionin

Production Companies: Aspekt Telefilm GmbH, SK Filmproduktion, Mars Motion Pictures, Jumping Horse Film

TV-Film ARD Degeto – 110 min.

Cast: Valeria Niehaus, Fritz Karl, Peter Prager, Jochen Nickel

Director: Miguel Alexandre
Camera: Jörg Widmer

Production year: 2012

Paris 1938. In a night club Hilmar Dierks (Fritz Karl) entices the prostitute Vera von Schalburg (Valerie Niehaus) away as a spy for the German defense. Vera has a son she has to earn money for and also out of curiosity for the adventure she accepts the offer. During the training in Hamburg she proves herself and starts a passionate affair with Dierks but also realizes for what kind of ideology she works. As Hitler invades Poland and Vera understands her own role and the connections to the defense she wants out. However it is too late. The Germans hold her son ransom. Vera has to go to England where she as countess Vera La Roche gets in contact with a high military officer of the ministry of war. Vera provides the German defense with English military secrets so they can prepare their invasion of England. But then she is captured and put on a trial. There is only one possibility to rescue her own life, but that would mean to betray her love…
About the life of the German spy Vera von Schalburg are only very few facts known: 1912 she was born as the daughter of a czarist admiral and traveled in her early years with her Danish mother throughout Europe. Later on she became a celebrated dancer and in the thirties she ended up in diverse establishments in Paris. In the World War II she spies for the German defense mainly in England. Where she is exposed 1940 and disappears forever… Since that time there are rumors and speculations regarding her whereabouts nurtured by the myth of the mysterious spy. The film tells a possible biographic truth – what might could have happened. Beyond that it also shows the picture of a deracinated but brave woman who searched for home and found it in a great love in a time which was defined by revolution, war and a misanthropic dictatorship.

Und alle haben geschwiegen

Und alle haben geschwiegen

Production Company: Aspekt Telefilm GmbH

TV-Film ZDF – 90 min.

Cast: Senta Berger, Leonard Carow, Matthias Habich, Alicia von Rittberg

Director: Dror Zahavi
Camera: Gero Steffen

Production year: 2011

Peter Wensierski’s best selling nonfiction book “Caning in god’s name” portrays the hardly known fates of children brought up in institutions in the post-war Germany. Based on his book this film tells the story of Luisa and Paul whose relationship despite the harsh reality of the life in the children’s home always has place for hope, friendship and love.
Berlin. 2008. After over forty years Luisa comes back home to Germany from the USA. She is here to talk about her traumatic experiences in the evangelical welfare approved home Falkenstein in front of the petition committee of the German Federal Parliament. But she also wants to see Paul again, her first love, who like her also grew up in the approved home.
1964. The seventeen year old Luisa is almost an entirely normal young girl. Almost because she has the stigma of a bastard child, loves the music of Elvis and smokes from time to time secretly a cigarette with a boy. As her mother falls sick it is reason enough for the public authorities to put Luisa in a children’s home. There she experiences the full inhumanity of the system. She is being abused mentally and physically and is used up as cheap labor. The only light in her darkness is Paul a silent boy who falls in love with her at first sight. For both their tender love is the principle of hope. In the very few secretly stolen moments of togetherness they can forget the cruelties of their everyday life. But after a dramatic incident Luisa is brought to the hospital and never comes back. 44 years later Luisa and Paul meet again. In contrast to Luisa Paul has blocked his past out due to his fear of humiliation and shame. However because of their reunion Paul at last has to face the demons from his past. So his has not only to speak out what has excruciated him for centuries but also to make finally peace with the girl Luisa who he could never forget…

Am Ende die Hoffnung

Am Ende die Hoffnung

Production Companies: Aspekt Telefilm GmbH, Jumping Horse Film GmbH

TV-Film Sat 1 – 90 min.

Cast : Yvonne Catterfeld, Marie Zielcke, Stephan Luca, Rosemarie Fendel, Max von Pufendorf

Writer: Annette Hesse, Torsten Näter
Director: Torsten Näter
Camera: Achim Hasse

Production year: 2011

Kati Krüger, 32 years old, works as a cab driver in Berlin. She receives a phone call from her grandmother Elisabeth Lenz (90) who wants to be driven through Kiel to Bergen (Norway). The relationship between them has always been difficult. Only very reluctant Kathrin accepts the request. The trip takes the two women directly back into Elizabeth’s past. It was the year 1944 in which Elizabeth demoralized by World War II decided to become a spy for England. But of all things Elizabeth’s first order is it to spy on a man who touches her heart – Hans Mertens, 1st officer on a submarine with at important secret mission. So she has to make a fateful decision. Either she rescues Hans and helps with that the Germans or she betrays her love but makes an important contribution to ending the war…

Ein Schatz fürs Leben

Ein Schatz fürs Leben – Abenteuer in Panama

Production Company: Polyphon GmbH

TV-Film ZDF – 90 min.

Cast: Uwe Kockisch, Julia Stinshoff, Angela Roy, Oliver Bootz, Marek Erhardt

Writer: Timo Berndt
Director: Sigi Rothemund
Camera: Dragan Rogulj

Production year: 2011

For years Wilhelm Brock (Miguel Herz-Kestranek) has searched in vain for the mysterious treasure of Oromeken. But then he discovers a puzzle piece in an archive in Panama that gives him and his two companions Michael (Oliver Bootz) and Christian (marek Erhardt) a new and extremely promising outlook in regards of finding the position of the sunken ship. Wilhelm anyway in bad physical shape cannot bear this huge break through and suffers from a severe heart attack. His daughter Johanna (Julia Stinshoff) who does not have a good relationship with Wilhelm learns from Dr. Jahna (Angela Roy) the physician in charge how bad her father’s condition really is and that he urgently needs a cost-intensive surgery. To be able to get the necessary money together Johanna decides to sell her father’s expedition ship. Onboard of the ship she encounters Wilhelm’s colleagues Christian and also Michael, her former great love. Michael and Christian can convince Johanna that the money from selling the boat and the equipment will never be enough for the surgery. However instead with Wilhelm’s new findings they want to try again to unearth the treasure. In lack of any alternatives Johanna accepts and gets pulled in the adventure of the treasure hunt. But with Carlos Ortega (Uwe Kockisch) they have a powerful and dangerous opponent who does not stop for anything to get the treasure in his possession.

Das Geheimnis in Siebenbürgen

Das Geheimnis in Siebenbürgen

Production Company: Aspekt Telefilm GmbH

TV-Film ZDF – 89 min.

Cast: Oliver Stokowski, Katharina Böhm, Dorka Gryllus, Ernst-Georg Schwill, Gudrun Ritter

Writer: Thomas Kirchner
Director: Martin Enlen 
Camera: Phillipp Timme

Production year: 2010

Lukas Schauttner is an associate of a company which is in an economical crisis. To be able to rescue the companie’s existence and to satisfy a very important customer he would have to go urgently to Transylvania / Rumania. But instead Lukas would rather refuse this job immediately. Transylvania – that was his old home, the country of his childhood, his family, his first great love Mara and his past with which he has never dealt since his departure 1987. But he has family and financial obligations so he has to overcome his aversion.
Arrived in Transylvania he has first to orientate himself especially emotionally. It is the first time for him to be back here since 22 years and he experiences on one side a modern European Transylvania while on the other side the rural areas look as if progress had stopped a very long time ago. As much as he would like to just close up the factory he is here to evaluate at the same time his past is catching up with him very fast as well. He encounters his childhood love Mara and step by step reveals a long kept family secret. After that he cannot refuse to face his origin, his roots, his family and the question where he actually really belongs any longer.

Die Tränen der Fische

Spreewaldkrimi –
Die Tränen der Fische

Production Company: Aspekt Telefilm GmbH

TV-Film ZDF – 90 min.

Cast: Uwe Kockisch, Matthias Koeberlin, Johanna Klante, Christian Redl, Henry Hübchen

Writer: Thomas Kirchner
Director: Thomas Roth
Camera: Jo Molitoris

Production year: 2010

Harry Ritter had to do 15 yers in prison due to the murder during a robbery of a jeweler. On the day of his release he returns to his old home in the Spreewald. There Harry wants to get the goods from the past robbery and also to reconcile with his son Matthias who had broken all the ties to him. However in the meanwhile Matthias has married, become a father himself and has his own set of problems to deal with. He investigates together with commissar Krüger on his first murder investigation as an attorney. Additionally the dead person is no stranger to Matthias. It is Eber a former accomplice of his father. As finally also Schlange the third of the robbery team turns up and demands his share of the captured jewels the just renewed and still very fragile father-son-relationship between Harry and Matthias starts falling apart again. Then suddenly Matthias’ son Mäxchen, the only one who loves Harry impartial, disappears. During the fight for his son Matthias has to switch sides. Old wounds break open again…

All you need is Love

 

All you need is Love

Production Company: Kaminski Stiehm Film GmbH

TV-Film Sat 1 – 90min.

Cast: Saskia Vester, Jürgen Tonkel, Andreas Helgi Schmid, Manuel Witting, Jenny Elvers-Elbertzhagen, Franziska Traub, Johannes Herrschmann

Writer: Jessica Schellack, Kerstin Oesterlin
Director: Edzard Onneken
Camera: Marco Uggiano

Production year: 2009
Broadcasted: 03.11.2009

Katharina Remminger is over the moon. Her beloved son Hans finally wants to marry. However her happiness does not take long because instead of a beautiful bride her son presents his single mother with rather another groom – the charming Nicki, a successful doctor from Berlin. The news hit Katharina without any warning. Thousands of questions and even more fears swirl around her head. She loves her son with all her heart but until she finally can accept the new situation she has to go a long way full with obstacles and surprises. However in that whole process not only her best friend Rosi has her back but also surprisingly her ex-husband Christian. So in the course of the story not only the family Remminger finds their way back together but also learns a lot about the strengths and weaknesses of each other. At the end they celebrate a special kind of wedding together with marching band, lederhosen and the realization that everybody should live their life as they want always true to the motto: “The main thing is that the boy is well.”