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TWO LIVES

by Georg Maas

synopsis

Europe 1990, the Berlin wall has just crumbled: Katrine, raised in East Germany, now living in Norway since 20 years, is a war child: the result of a love relationship between a Norwegian woman and a German occupation soldier during World War II. Katrine enjoys a happy family life, with her mother, her husband, daughter and grand-daughter. But when a lawyer asks her and her mother to witness in a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of the war children, she resists. Gradually, a web of concealment and secrets is unveiled, until Katrine is finally stripped of everything, and her loved ones are forced to take a stand: What carries more weight, the life they have lived together, or the lie it is based on?

international title: Two Lives
original title: Zwei Leben
country: Germany, Norway
sales agent: Beta Cinema
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Georg Maas
film run: 100'
release date: NO 19/10/2012, DE 19/09/2013, BE 04/06/2014, FR 07/05/2014, NL 17/07/2014
screenplay: Georg Maas, Christoph Tölle, Ståle Stein Berg, Judith Kaufmann
cast: Liv Ullmann, Dennis Storhøi, Ken Duken, Rainer Bock, Juliane Köhler, Vicky Krieps, Sven Nordin, Ursula Werner, Thomas Lawincky
cinematography by: Judith Kaufmann
film editing: Hansjörg Weißbrich
art director: Tamara Marini
costumes designer: Ute Paffendorf
producer: Axel Helgeland, Dieter Zeppenfeld, Rudi Teichmann
co-producer: Jörg Westerkamp
production: Zinnober Film, B&T-Filmproduktion, Helgeland Films AS, Film Fund FUZZ, ApolloMedia
backing: Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Federal Film Fund, MEDIA, Norwegian Film Institute, ARD Degeto, Fuzz Filmfondet, TV2, Canal+ Scandinavia, Vestnorsk Filmsenter, i2i
distributor: Farbfilm Verleih GmbH, Sophie Dulac Distribution, Cinéart, Cinéart Netherlands B.V.

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main awards/selection

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2013 
Göteborg International Film Festival 2013 
Audi Festival of German Films (Australia) 2013 
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