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Between two worlds: A sense of freedom

First Broadcast: Wednesday, December 01, 2021, 9:00 p.m., Das Erste.

Marie’s work on the base soon becomes more than just a job. Amy McCoy, the Colonel’s wife, who at first seems rather dismissive and arrogant, recognizes the farmer’s daughter’s potential and introduces Marie to the world of art and literature. Meanwhile, George makes further attempts to get closer to Marie, brings gifts to the Kastners and rents a room from them – against Marie’s will, but on the initiative of her little brother Vincent. He senses a good deal – also with the cigarettes that George brings him. Meanwhile, Erika – to the displeasure of her family – becomes absorbed in American dance culture. She persuades Marie to accompany her to the grand opening of the ‘Hawaii Bar’, which is to replace the old ‘Postschänke’ – to the indignation of the long-established regulars. First and foremost, the priest rages against the Americans’ way of life, which he sees as a threat to good manners in Kaltenstein, with which he is able to influence Erika’s mother, the mayor’s wife Anneliese Strumm, in particular.

At that time, nobody knows that the new bar owner, who is universally called ‘Schwiete’, is a descendant of a Jew who was driven out of town. Not even Marie and Erika, who enjoy their newfound freedom: Marie, by letting George ask her to dance, teaching him German vocabulary and how to ride a bike, and finally giving free rein to her feelings during a kiss by the lake. And Erika, by letting herself be hired by Schwiete for a revealing dance performance in the Hawaii bar and being carried around on hands by her ‘American Boys’. But both women face immediate consequences: Marie is intimidated by the military police not to get involved with a black man. And Erika is picked up by two nuns the next morning after a harrowing moral lecture by her parents.

Historical Drama | 45 min. | Coproduction ARD, SWR, Degeto, NDR, WDR, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, MFG Baden-Württemberg | 2020
Written by Johannes Rotter, Jo Baier, Christoph Mathieu, Ben von Rönne
Producer Simone Höller, Michael Smeaton
Line Producer Greta Gilles, Anemone Krüzner
Director Dror Zahavi
Camera Gero Steffen
Cast Elisa Schlott, Franziska Brandmeier, Reomy D. Mpeho, Jonas Nay, Anna Schudt, Julia Koschitz, Dietmar Bär, Philippe Brenninkmeyer, Paul Sundheim, Winnie Böwe, Artjom Gilz, Samuel Finzi, Aljoscha Stadelmann u. a.

Awards, Competitions and Festivals

Festival des deutschen Films in Ludwigshafen am Rhein

Nominated for the Rheingold Audience Award 2021


Nominated for PRIX EUROPA 2021 TV Fiction Category