My German Friend

by Jeanine Meerapfel

My German Friend


In her latest feature film, Jeanine Meerapfel tells the story of a deep love in a time of political upheaval and historical change. Sulamit, the daughter of Jewish emigrants from Germany, is growing up in Buenos Aires in the 1950s. Living cheek by jowl are Jews and Nazis who have fled from Europe and been thrown together again in a foreign country. As a young girl Sulamit meets Friedrich, a young German boy, whose family lives in the house directly opposite. They quickly become close. When Friedrich learns that his father was a high-ranking officer in the SS, he breaks with his family and goes to Germany. He soon joins the German student movement. Sulamit follows him a few years later. But she realises that he is so politically engaged that there is little room for their love. Sulamit studies, later working as a translator and starts up a relationship with Michael, an assistant at the university, who loves and helps her. But it is with Friedrich that her heart lies. When Friedrich leaves Germany to join an Argentinian guerrilla movement, they lose contact and he disappears without trace. Sulamit embarks on a search that takes her up to Patagonia.


Celeste Cid
Max Riemelt
Benjamin Sadler
Noemí Frenkel
Jean-Pierre Noher
Katja Alemann
Carlos Kaspar
Daniel Fanego
Julieta Vetrano
Juan Franciso Rey
Adriana Aizenberg


Written and directed by Jeanine Meerapfel
Produced by Jeanine Meerapfel
Co-produced by Hans W. Geißendörfer
Co-producer Argentina Ricardo Freixá
Executive producer Paul Müller
Cinematography Víctor Kino González
Production Design Federico Mayol, Alexander Scherer
Costume Design Connie Balduzzi, Lucia Faust
Editing Andrea Wenzler
Sound Victor Tendler, Michael Busch,
Music Floros Floridis

A Malena Filmproduktion production,

in co-production with Ricardo Freixá, Geißendörfer Film- und Fernsehproduktion and WDR.

Funded by Film und Medienstiftung NRW, HessenInvestFilm, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, BKM, FFA, Instituto Nacional de Cine y Arte (INCAA)

Technical Data

Format: 35 mm / color / 1:1.85 / Dolby Digital
Length: 100 min
Original Language: Spanish, German


My German Friend
My German Friend

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