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The Garden
22nd German Film Festival | 25.10.-11.11.2018

Sommerhäuser | The Garden Photo (detail): © Beta Cinema


Year 2017
Runtime 97 min
Rating M18: Some nudity
Language German 
Subtitles English
Director Sonja Maria Kröner
Producer Philipp Worm, Tobias Walker
Screenwriter Sonja Maria Kröner
Director of Photography Julia Daschner
Cast Ursula Werner, Laura Tonke, Thomas Loibl

It’s 1976, the height of summer. A heat wave. Everybody is sweating. The wasps are even more aggressive than usual. In the midst of it all, a German family are spending the warm sultry “dog days” in their communal garden – just as they always do.
Then the passing of their overbearing matriarch Sophie reveals fine cracks in the family’s relationships while subtly changing how they interact. While the adults argue about the sale of the property, the children are free to roam the garden and the neighbourhood. Suddenly the news of the disappearance of a little girl disrupts the placid summer idyll…
Thomas Loibl (Toni Erdmann), Laura Tonke (Schneider is Stuck) and Ursula Werner (Cloud 9) star in this film that has won Best Director and Producer at the German Cinema New Talents Awards. It is, according to Variety, “a portrait of a bourgeois German family’s 1970s summer that feels deliciously and authentically present-tense.”


Best Director
Munich Film Festival 2017

Best Production
Munich Film Festival 2017

Best Screenplay
Bavarian Film Awards 2018
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