Generation War

by Philipp Kadelbach

Five friends besieged by twisted ideologies and raw violence.

Berlin, 1941. Five friends eager to become heroes in an adventure that will change the face of Europe – and that will forever change them as well. Level-headed, highly decorated officer Wilhelm is off to the eastern front with his younger brother Friedhelm, a sensitive dreamer more interested in literature than warfare. Deeply in love with Wilhelm is Charlotte, a young nurse who looks forward to serving in the Wehrmacht, also on the eastern front. While Greta is a talented singer who longs to become another Marlene Dietrich, her Jewish boyfriend Viktor still cannot convince his parents to leave Germany... Valor and courage come to the fore, but also betrayal – of values, beliefs, humanity. Friedhelm turns into a soulless killing machine... Wilhelm deserts his troops and is court-martialed... Charlotte's Nazi ideology crumbles when she betrays a Jewish nurse helping the German army... Greta obtains papers for Viktor's escape by selling herself to an SS colonel. They and millions of others wanted to be heroes; but none of them could imagine what the war would ultimately do to them and to the rest of the world...Available as 3 x 90 min and 6 x 45 min"The series has been hailed by critics as a „turning point“ in German television for examining the crimes of the Third Reich at an individual level". (Daily Telegraph UK)

Genre / Language / Length
Drama / German / 45 minutes
Original title
Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter
directed by
Philipp Kadelbach
produced by
TeamWorx and ZDF in co-operation with Beta Film and ZDF Enterprises
Cast
  • Volker Bruch (GENERATION WAR)
  • Tom Schilling (GENERATION WAR, OH BOY)
  • Katharina Schüttler (GENERATION WAR)
  • Ludwig Trepte (GENERATION WAR)
  • Miriam Stein (YOUNG GOETHE IN LOVE, GENERATION WAR)
  • Christiane Paul (THE WAVE)
  • Sylvester Groth (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS)
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Press Quotes

"... marks a new era in German television."
Der Spiegel

"The series has been hailed by critics as a „turning point“ in German television for examining the crimes of the Third Reich at an individual level".
Daily Telegraph UK

"uncompromising, wonderfully acted, an absolute must-see!"
TV Spielfilm

"an epoch-making event, not only in TV history"
Welt am Sonntag

"epochal"
SZ

"tough, uncompromising – a grandiose anti-war film"
Frankfurter Rundschau/Berliner Zeitung

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