Westwind

by Robert Thalheim

Hungary 1988 – the ‘Winds of Change' are about to rise when the 17 year old twins Doreen and Isabel from Eastern Germany arrive in a summer training camp

Doreen und Isabel are 17-year-old twins from rural Saxony in East Germany. The two are successful oarswomen practicing hard to be accepted at a renowned boarding school for athletes. In 1988, a year before the Berlin Wall came down, they have the chance to spend the summer at Lake Balaton in the Soviet satellite state of Hungary. Already on their way to the young pioneer camp, the twins meet a group of guys from the West German city of Hamburg. Doreen falls in love with Arne. For the first time the sisters don't share everything and need to take the most momentous decision of their lives.

Genre / Language / Length
Drama / German / 90 minutes
Original title
Westwind
directed by
Robert Thalheim (AND ALONG COME TOURISTS)
produced by
credo:film/Berlin in co-produktion with Laokoonfilm/Budapest
Cast
  • Friederike Becht (LABYRINTH OF LIES, THE READER)
  • Luise Heyer (JACK)
  • Volker Bruch (GENERATION WAR)
  • Franz Dinda (A YEAR AGO IN WINTER)
  • Hans-Uwe Bauer (THE LIVES OF OTHERS, GOODBYE LENIN)
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Press Quotes

"Powerful melodrama"
Blickpunkt Film

"An atmospheric journey into the time before the fall of the Wall"
TV Spielfilm

"The youthful charm of the lead female roles and the atmospherically precise approach of the film give ‘Westwind' a fascinating authenticity. Thalheim creates something that rarely succeeds: for a brief moment, he gives older viewers as well the feeling of being young again."
Cinema

“An appealingly thrilling love story.”
FAZ

“Thalheim achieves something that rarely succeeds: for a brief moment, he also gives older viewers the feeling of being young again.”
Cinema

“The film is staged with an enchanting delicacy and sensitivity, totally unpretentiously, without any contrived or tear-jerking ‘Wall' emotionalism – which is precisely why it's so gripping.”
TZ

“This East-West love story goes directly to the heart.”
Bild

“An incisive film about the division of Germany, which does without any political dogmatism.”
Berliner Morgenpost

“Progress in German cinema”
Die Welt

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