The Garden

by Sonja Maria Kröner

Winning Best Director and Producer at German Cinema New Talents Awards, this leisurely feature unfolds like a warm day but bites like a sudden burst of sunlight.

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 who are spending the dog days in their communal garden – just as they always do.Yet 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…

Genre / Language / Length
Drama / German / 97 minutes
Original title
directed by
Sonja Maria Kröner
produced by
Walker + Worm Film GmbH & Co. KG in co-production WDR, BR
  • Thomas Loibl (TONI ERDMANN)
  • Laura Tonke (SCHNEIDER IS STUCK)
  • Ursula Werner (CLOUD 9)
  • Günther Maria Halmer
  • Christine Schorn

Press Quotes

“Munich winner is a finely-crafted success for director Sonja Maria Kröner.”

„A portrait of a bourgeois German family's 1970s summer that feels deliciously and authentically present-tense.“