by Jan Speckenbach


Musical / drama, 120 minutes, in development

Writer / Director: Jan Speckenbach
Producers: One Two Films, Chouchkov Brothers

Funding: Kuratorium Script Development Funding, Creative Europe Development, Berlinale Perspektive Fellowship

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The story of Ilse, a young German mother who, like thousands of other women, cleared up the mess that World War II had left behind. These women were called “Trümmerfrauen” (“Rubble Ladies”) and the film describes their survival, their vitality, their emancipation. A musical portrait of post-war Berlin and a Germany in betweeen the Third Reich, democracy and communism. And a portrait of a generation of women who involuntarily triggered and implemented social changes that are valid until today.

DIRECTOR: Jan Speckenbach

Jan was born in 1970, and studied history of art, philosophy and art of media in Munich, Karlsruhe and Paris. Since 1999 he has been working as an independent video artist, particularly in theatre productions. In 2005 he started post-graduate studies for film directing at the German film school dffb Berlin. His first film at the dffb, The Other Day in Eden, was invited to the Cinéfondation at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. In 2011 he graduated from the dffb with Reported Missing, a full-length feature film, which premiered at Berlinale 2012 and was shortlisted for the German Film Awards and nominated for the European Film Awards 2012. His second feature Freedom, starring Johanna Wokalek and Hans-Jochen Wagner will premiere in 2017.


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