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ANNAS SUMMER

Germany/ Greece/ Spain 2001
A co-production of Malena Films with Integral Film (Germany), FS Productions (Greece) und El Imán, (Spain)
With the support of Filmstiftung NRW, BKM, Filmboard Berlin- Brandenburg, Greek Film Center, Ministerio de Educación y Cultura, Eurimages and in collaboration with Canal + Spain

Feature film, 35 mm, 107 min
Shooting locations: Germany and Greece

Summary:
Anna Kastelano is packing up the home that had belonged to her family on a Greek island. She is considering putting it up for sale. However, in these familiar surroundings, she is revisited by memories of her own past and that of her Sephardic-Jewish family. Anna has not yet got over the death of her husband Max. She spends the summer on the island, which has become her second home, trying to come to terms with her solitude. For the first time, she opens the family´s iron chest. Memories and ghosts rise up, with whom she cooks, dances and picks figs. She finds old telegrams relating to the fate of her grandmother Anna. She also discovers the diary of another Anna, her father´s first love. But the present also makes itself felt. Anna meets Nikola. Her relationship with him and the feelings she is experiencing intermingle with her mourning and the moving discoveries about her family. Anna is searching for a path through the labyrinth of her history and ultimately decides to assume her place in it.

    Director and script: Jeanine Meerapfel
    Cast: Angela Molina, Herbert Knaup, Dimitris Katalifós
    Photography: Andreas Sinanos
    Sound: Eva Valiño
    Editing: Bernd Euscher
    Music: Floros Floridis
      Production: Integral Film, Malena Films, FS
Productions, El Imán
     
      Producers: Dagmar Jacobsen, Fanis Synadinos, José Luis Borau
      Awards: Festival of Mar del Plata: Special Award of the Jury
Further festivals: Jerusalem, Hof, Chicago, Montreal, San Francisco und New York
     
     
      Distribution: DVD-Box „Jeanine Meerapfel“ - Filmmakers Edition
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      International distribution: Malena Filmproduktion: info@malenafilm.com
      Cinema distribution: Deutsche Kinemathek: filmverleih@deutsche-kinemathek.de
      Soundtrack-CD: Floros Floridis: florosfloridis@gmx.com