Walchensee Forever

Deutschland 2019/2020 Dokumentarfilm

Summary

Director Janna Ji Wonders tells the story of the women in her family over the last century. The film’s unifying element and silent chronicler is Lake Walchensee in Bavaria, where the family opened a café in 1920 which still exists today. Its impressive founder Apa bequeaths the business to her first-born Norma who continues to run it, even in her advancing years. Norma’s daughters Anna and Frauke leave the lake to liberate themselves and travel the world as musicians – only to return to live in a commune set up by Rainer Langhans. Frauke pines for the love of her life, dies mysteriously and becomes a shadowy figure for those left behind. Restless Anna moves to the USA, where she unexpectedly falls pregnant and gives birth to a girl. Summoned by the shadows of her past, she returns with daughter Janna to Walchensee where Grandma Norma becomes an important figure for her granddaughter. Filmmaker Janna is searching for answers to questions like: What is the meaning of home? To what extent am I shaped by my origins? What really counts in the end? She finds clues in the bond between four generations of women and their very different approaches to life.

Source: 70. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

All Credits

Duration:
111 min
Format:
DCP 2k, 1:1,78
Video/Audio:
Farbe + s/w, Ton
Censorship/Age rating:

FSK-Prüfung (DE): 03.09.2020, 201186, ab 6 Jahre / feiertagsfrei

Screening:

Uraufführung (DE): 24.02.2020, Berlin, IFF - Perspektive Deutsches Kino;
Kinostart (DE): 28.01.2021

Titles

  • Originaltitel (DE) Walchensee Forever

Versions

Original

Duration:
111 min
Format:
DCP 2k, 1:1,78
Video/Audio:
Farbe + s/w, Ton
Censorship/Age rating:

FSK-Prüfung (DE): 03.09.2020, 201186, ab 6 Jahre / feiertagsfrei

Screening:

Uraufführung (DE): 24.02.2020, Berlin, IFF - Perspektive Deutsches Kino;
Kinostart (DE): 28.01.2021

Awards

Deutscher Kamerapreis 2020
  • Deutscher Kamerapreis, Bester Schnitt / Dokumentarfilm
IFF Berlin 2020
  • Kompass-Perspektive-Preis
Bayerischer Filmpreis 2020
  • Bester Dokumentarfilm