Filmfest 2016

German Age Rating

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Set in the autumn of 1941 in Salty Creek, a fishing village in South Carolina, the film tells the dramatic story of interracial lovers swept up in the tides of history. As World War II rages in Europe a wounded stranger, Mr. Ohta, appears in the town under mysterious circumstances. Sophie, a native of Salty Creek, quickly becomes transfixed by Mr. Ohta and a friendship born of their mutual love of art blossoms into a delicate and forbidden courtship. As their secret relationship evolves the war escalates tragically. When Pearl Harbor is bombed, a surge of misguided patriotism, bigotry and violence sweeps through the town, threatening Mr. Ohta’s life. A trio of women, each with her own secrets – Sophie, along with the town matriarch and her housekeeper – rejects law and propriety, risking their lives to save him.

tags: Women, History, Society, Cultural Conflict, Feature film

Cast: Julianne Nicholson, Margo Martindale, Lorraine Toussaint, Takashi Yamaguchi, Diane Ladd


Screenplay: Maggie Greenwald

Original Material: Augusta Trobaugh

Director of Photography: Wolfgang Held

Film Editor: Keith Reamer

Composer: David Mansfield

Production Designer: Darcy Scanlin

Costume Design: Maggie Muller

Sound: Rachel Grissom

Producer: Brenda Goodman, Nancy Dickenson, Lorraine Gallard, Maggie Greenwald

Production Company: Sophie Films, Inc.

Co-Producer: Suzan Lazarus

World Sales: Seville International

Director: Maggie Greenwald


Maggie Greenwald is an award-winning filmmaker who began her career as a picture and sound editor. Her first film HOME REMEDY screened at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN and the Film Forum in New York. Her next film THE KILL-OFF opened the American Independent section at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN 1987 before winning Best Director at Torino. The film was voted one of the “100 Best American Independents” by the British Film Institute.