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German Language Filmfest: Two Lives

(Zwei Leben)

Presented by the Embassies of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in Ottawa as part of the German-Language FilmFest

Poster art for Two LivesJuliane Köhler (Downfall) stars in this heartrending thriller about a Norwegian woman leading a dangerous double life in the chaotic final days of the Cold War. She plays Katrine, a woman raised in an East German orphanage after the Nazis stole her from her Norwegian mother. Years later, so it seems, she managed to escape from East Germany and track down her mother. Now, in 1990, Katrine finds herself at the heart of a happy, bustling Norwegian family. But when a young lawyer calls, determined to recruit her in a claim for compensation from the new post-unification German state, Katrine is forced into a desperate struggle to conceal the lies on which her whole life is based.

German Language FilmfestTwo Lives is a gripping story of deception based on a real unsolved case. Köhler delivers a moving performance as Katrine, a woman torn between conflicting loyalties, while screen legend Liv Ullmann makes a rare appearance as Åse, the proud grandmother whose daughter is not what she seems. Shot through with nerve-jangling suspense, Two Lives shines a light on a forgotten corner of the Cold War and asks how much is real when a life is built on lies.

– Dublin International Film Festival

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