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Generation War

Title: Generation War
Original title: Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter
Format: 6 x one hour, HD
Starring: Volker Bruch (GENERATION WAR)
Katharina Schüttler (GENERATION WAR)
Miriam Stein
Ludwig Trepte
Christiane Paul (THE WAVE)
Directed by: Philipp Kadelbach
Produced by: TeamWorx and ZDF in co-operation with Beta Film and ZDF Enterprises
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    Best TV Miniseries/Movie 2014

Generation War

Highly acclaimed International Emmy® winner and Band-of-Brother-style series about five adolescents within the turmoil of WWII, marking “a new era in German television" (Der Spiegel).

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)
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Int. Emmy Awards
Best TV Miniseries/Movie 2014

Int. Shanghai TV Awards
Best Director
NY Festivals TV & Film Awards
Gold World Medal
Festival De La Fiction TV Awards
Best European Fiction
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Seoul International Drama Awards
Best Miniseries & Best Director

Prix Europa
Best European TV Mini-Series

German Television Awards
Best German TV Movie
 Die Goldene Kamera
Best German TV Movie

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)


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