30.09. - 09.10.2021

Aufbruch in die Freiheit Germany 2017 | 89 min | OV | Colour | FF 2018

Isabel Kleefeld

ISABEL KLEEFELD (*1966) was assistant director to some of Germany's best directors, including Sönke Wortmann, Detlev Buck and Oliver Hirschbiegel, before herself directing films like Schluss with lustig (2001), Ruhm (2005) or Was ich von dir weiß (2017).

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A woman decides on a new, self-determined life. The drama tells one of the stories behind Stern magazine's 1971 cover story "We had abortions!" The German provinces in the early 1970s: Erika (Anna Schudt) is mother of three children and works in her husband's (Christian Erdmann) butcher's shop. She learns she is pregnant again, but she cannot face the burden and secretly has the child aborted. When her husband finds out, he's extremely angry. Then there's the fights about their eldest daughter, whom the husband would like to recruit for the shop, but who's been given a recommendation for secondary school. Spontaneously, Erika flees with the children to her sister's (Alwara Höfels) in Cologne and begins rethinking her life.
Original title: Aufbruch in die Freiheit
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: German
Section: Televisions
Language and subtitles: OV
Director: Isabel Kleefeld
Screenplay: Andrea Stoll, Heike Fink, Ruth Olshan
Cast: Anna Schudt, Christian Erdmann, Alwara Höfels, Marie Anne Fliegel, Lene Oderich, Charlie Schrein, Milla Hammann, Carol Schuler, Denis Schmidt, Franziska Hartmann, Lilia Lehner, Ralph Kretschmar, Benjamin Grüter, Johanna Gastdorf, Gerhard Fehn, Kathleen Gallego Zapata, Daniel Wiemer, Wolfgang Rüter, Artus Maria Matthiessen, Birte Schrein, Michael Kleiber, Ralf Drexler u.a.
Producer: Heike Wiehle-Timm
Director of Photography: Martin Langer
Music: Sven Rossenbach, Florian van Volxem
Production Design: Andrea Kessler
Editor: Renata Salazar Ivancan
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor: Caroline von Senden, Solveig Cornelisen
Format: BluRay
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Production: Relevant Film Produktion GmbH für ZDF
Contact: Judica Schrammeck, Relevant Film Produktion GmbH:


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