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Line of Separation

Title: Line of Separation
Original title: Tannbach
Format: 6 x two hours, HD
Starring: Heiner Lauterbach
Henriette Confurius
Ronald Zehrfeld (PHOENIX)
Martina Gedeck (THE LIVES OF OTHERS)
Natalia Wörner
Ludwig Trepte (GENERATION WAR)
Directed by: Alexander Dierbach
Produced by: A co-production between ZDF and Gabriela Sperl Produktion for Wiedemann & Berg Television and Wilma Film


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Line of Separation

Spanning almost two decades from the end of WWll through to the Iron Curtain: the story of a small German town smack dab on the border between East and West, torn between capitalism and communism - where everyone has something to hide, change or forget.

Spring 1945, just before Germany's zero hour. In Tannbach, a fanatical band of Nazi soldiers stages one last murderous attack on their fellow citizens before the arrival of the Americans, who finally end the war. It is an uneasy peace, however, that collapses when the Russian troops arrive. Both superpowers claim Tannbach for themselves in this miniature version of the dawn of the Cold War.
The war generation gradually begins shifting into the postwar generation. And the town of Tannbach awaits its great moment on the world's stage. Spanning approx. 10 years, from the end of the war to the building of the Wall, this story relates the fate of Tannbach, a town cut in two by democracy and communism.
Everybody has something to hide, change or forget here. Everybody wants to reshape their biography. Everybody - except, perhaps, 16-year-old Baroness Anna von Striesow, who is revolted by the horrors committed by the Nazis and who now wants to give a new world order a chance: Communism, at the side of the young man she loves, the refugee Friedrich.
Over the years, Anna and Friedrich begin to lose their footing among the swirling maze of incorrigible and denazified Nazis, idealistic socialists and revanchist communists, humanity and inhumanity –all crowned by the ultimate absurdity of a carelessly drawn border between East and West Germany running through the middle of the town.
Inspired by the true events spanning the years 1945 to 1961, "Line of Separation" brings into play a range of destinies – perpetrators, victims, opportunists, winners and losers – who emerged from Generation War only to find themselves trapped in a new and potentially more devastating conflict, the Cold War...

Germany, spring 1960. The citizens of Tannbach who live on the border between East and West Germany have resigned themselves to a life of political absurdity: a carelessly drawn border has cut the town in two. As the Prague Spring is coming to a bloody end, what little hope was left for the “socialism with a human face” finally seems to evaporate. While Anna and Friedrich are still working on building socialism in the GDR, Anna's father Georg von Striesow is profiting from the West-German “economic miracle.” Yet soon enough, the border in the middle of the village is claiming its first victims: A child dies in a grenade accident, Hilde falls into the clutches of the State Security Service, Anna's son Felix flees from an NPA casern and Georg's soon-to-be third wife Rosemarie has a dark secret…a town on the front line of the Cold War is further torn apart by the Iron Curtain.


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