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In the summer of 1914, thirteen-year-old Oda von Siering (Paula Beer) leaves Berlin to join her family and an assortment of German and Russian aristocrats on an estate in Estonia. The von Siering family home is a character in its own... See more »

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Oda von Siering
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Ebbo von Siering
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Schnaps
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Milla von Siering
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Mechmershausen
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Paul von Siering
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Hauptmann Karpow (as Jevgenij Sitochin)
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Gudrun Koskull
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Professor Plötz
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Professor Hasenreich
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Oda Schaefer
Uma Fritze ...
Gigola
Paula Fritze ...
Karin
Valentina Väli ...
Lisbeth
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Meelis
Juhannes Kask ...
Apa Kügelgen
Indrek Kalda ...
Pastor Koskull
Jueri Saamel ...
Kutscher
Nikolai Bentsler ...
Georgier
Gertie Honeck ...
Oda Schaefer (voice)
Hans-Dieter Brunowsky ...
Pastor Koskull (voice)

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Chris Kraus

Written by

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Chris Kraus ... (screenplay)
 
Oda Schaefer ... (memoirs)

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Manfred Fritsch ... line producer
Stefanie Groß ... co-producer: SWR
Katharina Haase ... assistant line producer
Jörn Klamroth ... co-producer: ARD Degeto
Alexandra Kordes ... producer
Meike Kordes ... line producer / producer
Chris Kraus ... co-producer
Danny Krausz ... co-producer
Heinrich Mis ... co-producer: ORF
Bettina Ricklefs ... co-producer: BR
Riina Sildos ... co-producer
Georg Steinert ... co-producer: ARTE
Kurt Stocker ... co-producer

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Annette Focks

Cinematography by

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Daniela Knapp

Film Editing by

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Uta Schmidt

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Yasmine Medczinski ... post-production coordinator

Casting By

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Nina Haun
Markus Schleinzer

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Silke Buhr

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Anja Müller
Robert Reblin
Christiane Rothe
Katrin Sipelgas

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Gioia Raspé

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Cecilia Escot ... make-up and hair
Kaire Hendrikson ... assistant makeup artist
Maarja Sild ... assistant makeup artist
Susana Sánchez ... makeup and hair designer

Production Management

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Dorissa Berninger ... production manager
Anneli Lepp ... production manager: Estonia

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Lisa Hauss ... second assistant director
Petra Misovic ... first assistant director
Ralf Siig ... third assistant director

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Stephen Bream ... set designer
Manfred Ebner ... property master
Sabine Engelberg ... assistant art director
Enzo Enzel ... head painter
Philipp Hübner ... carpenter
Nicola Jungsberger ... assistant to production designer: pre-production
Johanna Muench ... set designer
Killu Mägi ... props
Max Julian Otto ... storyboard artist
Mart Saar ... props assistant
Esther Schreiner ... assistant art director
Roland Schwarthoff ... carpenter

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Olger Bernadt ... boom operator
Heinz Ebner ... sound (as Heinz K. Ebner)
Philipp Kemptner ... sound editor
Bernhard Maisch ... re-recording mixer
Andreas Schneider ... foley artist

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Rolf Hanke ... special effects project manager
Gerd Nefzer ... special effects supervisor (as Gerd Feuchter)
Marcus Preussing ... special effects technician (as Marcus Schmidt)
Claudius Rauch ... special effects technician
Otto Schlosser ... special effects assistant
Jens Schmiedel ... special effects foreman

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Sandor Czirjak ... horse master
Tomasz Lewandowski ... rider
Rainer Werner ... stunt coordinator

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Remi Epron ... aerial pilot & technician
Mirko Fricke ... additional gaffer
Volmer Kliimand ... lighting technician
Venno Kornak ... electrician
Georg Nonnenmacher ... gaffer
Henri Savitski ... electrician
Mihkel Soe ... second assistant camera
Stefan Sosna ... first assistant camera
Axel Stock ... second assistant camera

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Carsten Woithe ... pre-visualization supervisor

Casting Department

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Konstantin Achmed Bürger ... casting assistant: Deutschland
Martina Poel ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Martina Carl ... assistant to costume designer
Marie Heitzinger ... textile breakdown artist
Gioia Raspé ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Lita Bernarde ... location scout (uncredited)

Music Department

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Stefan Behrisch ... orchestrator: choir
Peter Fuchs ... scoring mixer
Philipp Kemptner ... music editor
Andi Reisner ... guitar
Jan Tilman Schade ... music supervisor

Additional Crew

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Gudrun Bahrmann ... child coach
Franziska Jahnke ... production coordinator
Stephen Lan ... press: international
Lies Schumandl ... key accountant
Helen Tootsi ... production assistant

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In the summer of 1914, thirteen-year-old Oda von Siering (Paula Beer) leaves Berlin to join her family and an assortment of German and Russian aristocrats on an estate in Estonia. The von Siering family home is a character in its own right, a hulking, neoclassical manor that hovers on stilts above the sea. Oda arrives there bearing her mother's coffin and a gift requested by her surgeon father: a jarred, two-headed fetus to add to his laboratory of gruesome curiosities. Ebbo von Siering (Edgar Selge) sees himself in his daughter when she calmly and expertly learns to suture the corpse of a cat. What he fails to recognize - and what Oda luckily understands - is that their interest in science is their only similarity. His dedication to experimentation is linked to an appalling obsession with power and destruction, while Oda is genuinely curious about life. Her quick, quiet intelligence complements her humanity and her lucid understanding of right and wrong. When she strays from a family picnic and discovers a badly wounded Estonian anarchist, she helps him without a second thought, smuggling him into her father's lab and putting her new surgical skills to good use. As their illicit friendship deepens, family turmoil escalates and war closes in. The safe haven of the community collapses, forcing Oda's family to make impossible choices. Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Also Known As
  • Polli päevikud (Estonia)
  • The Poll Diaries (World-wide, English title)
  • Viimeinen kesä kartanossa (Finland)
  • Los diarios de Poll (Argentina)
  • Dzienniki z Poll (Poland)
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