30.09. - 09.10.2021

A Voluntary Year Germany 2019 | 86 min | OV with English subtitles | Colour | FF 2019

Ulrich Köhler

ULRICH KÖHLER (*1969) studied art in Quimper, France and Hamburg. From the end of 1990s onwards, he has made films like Bungalow (2002), Am Montag kommen die Fenster [Windows on Monday] (2005) and Schlafkrankheit [Sleeping Sickness] (2011) for which he was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Direction at the Berlinale. 

Henner Winckler

HENNER WINCKLER (*1969) studied Visual Communication in Offenbach and Hamburg. Das freiwillige Jahr is his first film since Lucy (2006).

rated for 0 + years
Do I stay or do I go? Ulrich Köhler‘s and Henner Winckler‘s sensitive filmic examination of the challenges of growing up. Jette (Maj-Britt Klenke) is about to start a voluntary year of community service in South America. Her single dad Urs (Sebastian Rudolph) strongly recommended it to her to prevent her from ending up just hanging about in the provinces. But Jette is torn between her boyfriend (Thomas Schubert) and the desire to live up to her father’s expectations. At the airport she decides against the trip and goes into hiding. When Urs finds her, he has to see that he can’t force his daughter’s development.
Original title: Das freiwillige Jahr
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: German
Section: Televisions
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Ulrich Köhler, Henner Winckler
Screenplay: Ulrich Köhler, Henner Winckler
Cast: Maj-Britt Klenke, Sebastian Rudolph, Thomas Schubert, Katrin Röver, Daniel Nocke, Stefan Stern, Margarita Breitkreiz, Helmut Florian Rupprecht, Hussein Eliraqui
Producer: Ingmar Trost, Katrin Schlösser
Director of Photography: Patrick Orth
Production Design: Pelin Gebhard, Ivana Vukovic
Editor: Laura Lauzemis
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor: Corinna Liedtke (WDR)
Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales:
Production: Sutor Kolonko für WDR
Contact: Ingmar Trost, Sutor Kolonko:


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