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Nowhere in Africa

A Jewish family in Germany emigrate short before the Second World War. They move to Kenya to start running a farm, but not all members of the family come to an arrangement with their new life.

india Updated: Oct 18, 2003 16:19 IST
PTI

Director: Caroline Link
Cast: Juliane Köhler, Merab Ninidze, Sidede Onyulo, Matthias Habich
Germany/colour/2001/141 mins

A Jewish family in Germany emigrate short before the Second World War. They move to Kenya to start running a farm, but not all members of the family come to an arrangement with their new life.

Shortly after their departure, things are changing in Germany very quickly, and a turning back seems impossible. So everyone has to arrange himself with the new life in a new continent.

Credits
Executive producer: Andreas Bareiß
Co-producer: Sven Ebeling
Cinematography: Gernot Roll
Editor: Patricia Rommel
Original Music: Niki Reiser

Awards:
Oscar for Best Foreign Film
Karlovy Vary: Special Prize of the jury, FIPRESCI Award
German Film Awards: Won for Best Film, Direction, Cinematography, Music and Best Supporting Actor

Director's bio note
Caroline Link was born in 1964. After graduating from high school she spent a year in the U.S. In 1984 she took her first steps in the movie business as an intern at Bavaria Film Studios. She then participated in many TV and movie projects as a script editor and assistant director.

Her graduation project at the Academy for Film and Television in Munich, Sommertage, received the Kodak Advancement Prize at the Film Festival in Hof. In 1992 she made the children's film Kalle Der Traumer for German TV. In the same year she also started researching the script for Beyond Silence.

In 1995 she began shooting the unusual story about a deaf couple and their musically talented child, which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. In 1999, her successful adaptation of Erich Kaster's Annalouise and Anton (which also starred Juliane Kohler) was the recipient of many international awards. Nowhere in Africa was Germany's highest grossing film of 2002 and Caroline Link received a German Film Award for Best Director.