MY GERMAN FRIEND

MY GERMAN FRIEND

Drama | Argentina/Germany 2012

Directed by: Jeanine Meerapfel

Sulamit, the daughter of German-Jewish emigrants from Germany, grows up in Buenos Aires in the 1950's. Here, Jews and Nazis live in close proximity with one another, having fled from Europe and been thrown together again in a foreign country. As a young girl, Sulamit gets to know Friedrich, a German boy who lives with his family on the other side of the road. An unusual intimacy soon develops between them. When Friedrich realises that his father was a high-ranking SS official, he breaks off all contact with his family and goes back to Germany to deal with his roots.

It is not long before he joins the German student movement full of fervour. Sulamit
follows him a few years later but soon realises that his political commitment leaves
no room for their love. Sulamit studies, later working as a translator, and starts a relationship with Michael, who loves her and helps her. But her heart is still with Friedrich.

When Friedrich leaves Germany to join an Argentinian guerrilla movement, they lose
contact and he disappears without a trace. Sulamit sets off on a quest that takes her to the heart of Patagonia.

CAST:

Max Riemelt, Celeste Cid, Benjamnin Sadler, Noemi Fraenkel, Jean-Pierre Noher, Lito Cruz, Hartmut Becker, Fernán Mirás

CREW:

Director, screenplay: Jeanine Meerapfel
Producer: Jeanine Meerapfel
Co-Producer: Hans W. Geißendörfer
Co-Producer Argentinia: Ricardo Freixa
Line producer: Paul Müller
Director of photography: Victor Kino González
Set designer: Alexander Scherer, Frederico Mayol
Wardrobe: Lucia Faust, Connie Balduzzi
Make up: Waldemar Pokromski, Sabine Schumann
Editor: Andrea Wenzler
Recording supervisor: Michael Busch, Victor Tendler
Music: Floros Floridis
A production of Malena Filmproduktion in co-production with Geißendörfer Film- und Fernsehproduktion, Jempsa /Ricardo Freixa and Westdeutscher Rundfunk
Subsidized by: Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, HessenInvest,
Deutscher Filmförderfond, BKM, Filmförderungsanstalt and
Instituto Nacional de Cine y Arte (INCAA)