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.

    Équipe technique

    Directrice de la photographieJanna Ji Wonders
    Directeur de la photographieSven Zellner
    Directrice de la photographieAnna Werner [4]
    RéalisatriceJanna Ji Wonders
    Cheffe monteuseAnja Pohl
    CompositeurMarkus Acher
    CompositeurCico Beck
    ProducteurMartin Heisler
    Chargée de productionKatharina BergfeldKinodokumentarfilm
    Chargée de productionNadja Smith
    ScénaristeJanna Ji Wonders
    Co-auteurNico Woche
    Consultante scénarioAnja Pohl
    MixeurMichael Hinreiner
    Designer sonoreJörg Elsner
    Cheffe opératrice du sonJanna Ji Wonders
    Chef opérateur du sonKristofer Harris
    Chef opérateur du sonMartial KuchelmeisterAdditional Sound
    Chargée de programmePetra Felber
    Chargée de programmeFatima Geza Abdollahyan
    ÉtalonneurFabian Spang

    Sociétés de production

    Flare Film GmbH [de]
    BR Bayerischer Rundfunk [de]Koproduktion

    Distribution et vente

    Deckert Distribution GmbH [de]
    Farbfilm Verleih GmbH [de]


    Sous-titres et audiodescriptionJürgen Tobisch SubtitlingGerman SDH subtitles, Audiodescription


    Janna Ji Wonders2020Bayerischer Filmpreis 2019 [de]Dokumentarfilmprix décerné
    Janna Ji Wonders2020Berlin International Film Festival [de]Perspektive Deutsches Kinonomination


    2020AllemagneInternationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Berlinale)Perspektive Deutsches Kino

    Sortie cinéma

    Avant-premièrelundi 24/02/2020Berlinale