I was Nineteen
Filmfest 2005

April, 1945. Gregor Hecker returns to Germany as a soldier in the Red Army. Born in Cologne, he grew up in Moscow after his parents were forced to flee the Nazi dictatorship. He is now nineteen and already an officer. One of his most important responsibilities in the last weeks of the war is to call on the German soldiers to capitulate instead of continuing their useless fight on the front lines. Gregor is made town commander of Bernau near Berlin. When he has to set up quarters for his staff, he comes across a German military unit that is not even aware of the Red Army's arrival... Later, he takes part in a Red Army celebration to which liberated German prisoners have been invited. Two days later, Gregor's efforts to persuade German soldiers to surrender appear to bear fruit for the first time. german-cinema.de

tags: Feature film

Cast: Jaecki Schwarz, Vasiliy Livanov, Rolf Hoppe, Jenny Gröllmann, Jürgen Hentsch


Director: Konrad Wolf