Warum? in post-production
by Bénédicte Prot
- The period movie by Bernd Böhlich stars Alexandra Maria Lara as an enthusiastic communist who goes to the USSR in the 1930s and ends up in the Gulag
Shot in a little under a month and a half back in February-March, in Berlin, Eisenhüttenstadt and Magdeburg, Warum? by Bernd Böhlich, whose intense career as a TV director was briefly put on hold during the last decade so he could make a couple of features for the big screen (including Du bist nicht allein [+see also:
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The central character, played by another great German actress, Alexandra Maria Lara (whose credits include The Baader Meinhof Complex [+see also:
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The film's cast also includes Carlotta von Falkenhayn, Robert Stadlober, Karoline Eichhorn, Barbara Schnitzler, Stefan Kurt and Jürgen Tarrach. Warum? is being produced by Berlin-based outfit Mafilm Martens Film- und Fernsehproduktion, in co-production with RBB, Cine Plus Filmproduktion and STL, with the support of the German Film Fund - DFFF as well as the regional funds MDM and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. Its German release date is yet to be announced, but the distribution will be entrusted to Neue Visionen Filmverleih. The international sales are handled by Pluto Film Distribution Network.
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