A portrait of an indomitable woman, with subtle wit, vivid characters, and echoes of divided Germany.
The residents of a small town in rural eastern Germany have experienced many upheavals, and more are on the horizon. It’s 1999 and Gudrun is celebrating her 60th birthday in a dilapidated manor house that was once the orphanage where she’d grown up. Gudrun’s daughter Lara arrives from Berlin to attend the birthday party. She’d been raised by her stepfather; her mother never wanted to talk about her biological father. Right in the middle of the celebration, Gudrun learns that the former orphanage is to be sold to wealthy investors who want to turn it into a hotel. Is this an economic opportunity for a region with little infrastructure or a betrayal of its history? Opinions in the village are divided. While Gudrun does everything she can over the next few days to preserve the former orphanage as a community center for all its residents, her daughter Lara sets out to find her father and an explanation for her mother’s unyielding harshness.
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Meet the director
Katharina Marie Schubert
Katharina Marie Schubert was born in Gifhorn in 1977 and attended a Waldorf school in Braunschweig. At an early age, she discovered the magic of stagecraft while attending a ballet performance. From then on, she knew: “This is my world.” In 1995, she enrolled at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna to study acting. From 2001 to 2008, she was a member of the ensemble of the Münchner Kammerspiele, where she performed under the direction of Andreas Kriegenburg, René Pollesch, and Thomas Ostermeier. From 2012 to 2014, she was part of the ensemble of the Deutsches Theater in Berlin. She has had frequent acting roles in film and television, such as the lead in Oliver Haffner’s EIN GESCHENK DER GÖTTER (world premiere at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 2014). Her career as a director began in 2009, when she started making short films. DAS MÄDCHEN MIT DEN GOLDENEN HÄNDEN is her first feature film.