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My German Friend

El amigo alemán

The momentous sweep of post-war Argentinian history is distilled into this intimate, tender, and always humane film.

Even if a screening is sold out, tickets are often available 30 minutes before the start of the film at the box office at each venue.

My German Friend

  • Director-Screenwriter Jeanine Meerapfel
  • Producer Jeanine Meerapfel, Ricardo Freixa
  • With Celeste Cid, Max Riemelt, Benjamin Sadler
  • Germany-Argentina 2012
  • 100 mins
  • Sales The Match Factory

It’s the late 1950s, and in an affluent and quietly respectable part of Buenos Aires, young Sulamit Löwenstein strikes up a friendship with her next-door neighbour Friedrich over the whereabouts of her family dog. She is the daughter of German-Jewish immigrants to Argentina, he is the son of a senior SS officer, a tragic political legacy from whose shadow both characters struggle to escape over the next three decades. Following the teenaged Friedrich to Germany, Sulamit finds him caught up in the radical politics of late-1960s student life; and she’s forced to make important decisions about her attitude to her homeland when Friedrich returns to Argentina to join the fight against the military junta. My German Friend distills the momentous sweep of post-war Argentinian history into a story that is intimate, tender, and always humane: in lead roles that see them age from teenagers into middle age, Celeste Cid and Max Riemelt are superb.

Edward Lawrenson

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