Walchensee Forever

Film still: Walchensee Forever© Flare Film
Documentary, Human Interest, 2020, 110 min.
Original title: Walchensee Forever
Language: German with English subtitles
Director: Janna Ji Wonders
Screenplay: Janna Ji Wonders
Cinematography: Janna Ji Wonders, Sven Zellner, Anna Werner
Producers: Martin Heisler, Katharina Bergfeld, Nadja Smith
Festivals: Berlinale 2020, Thessaloniki Doc 2020, Istanbul 2020, Biografilm Bologna 2020
Awards: Compass Perspektive Award Berlinale 2020, Bavarian Film Awards 2020, Golden Alexander Newcomers Award Thessaloniki 2020, Best Film Unipol Award Biografilm Bologna 2020

In this personal story about the eternal cycle of life, identity, roots, and self-fulfillment, director Janna Ji Wonders seeks to uncover the secrets of her family’s past and her role among four generations of strong, passionate women. Entrenched in their home near Bavaria’s Lake Walchensee, the women manage a café while the men in their lives come and go. But with the freedoms of the 1960s, Janna’s mother Anna and her aunt Frauke take off for Mexico, where they perform traditional German music and take part in Ayahuasca ceremonies. They also visit San Francisco during the “Summer of Love,” travel to Indian ashrams, and became part of Rainer Langhans’ Kommune 1 in Berlin. But still, they ultimately return to Lake Walchensee. – Alissa Simon

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