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WINTER'S DAUGHTER

Germany / Poland, 2011 (MIFF 2011, Next Gen)

Director: Johannes Schmid

WINTER'S DAUGHTER

A touching story about a young girl determined to track down her biological father.

Eleven-year-old Kattaka is celebrating Christmas with her parents when an unexpected phone call turns her world upside down. The shocking news: her dad isn't really her dad. Her biological father is a stranger, a Russian sailor named Alexi.

Fighting through her initial anger and disappointment, she resolves to track down her real father - and so begins an epic journey. Accompanied by her elderly neighbour and her best friend, Kattaka leaves Berlin to travel east, toward the Polish seaport where Alexi's ship is docked.

By turns inspiring and moving, Winter's Daughter takes us on an eccentric road trip into Eastern Europe, as a girl faces her fears to find out where she belongs.

MIFF recommends: Age 10+
Some adult themes

D Johannes Schmid P Philipp Budweg, Mikolaj Pokromski, Thomas Blieninger S Michaela Hinnenthal, Thomas Schmid L German, Polish, Russian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2011

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