Die Brunnenfrau

A Film by Julia Finkernagel

Synopsis

WISHING WELL

Strong-willed development aid worker Karla comes to Afghanistan in order to build a well. The villagers only treat her with reserve and the well is sabotaged by strangers repeatedly. The only person who could have the key to the causer is the Afghan girl Rona, but she remains silent. Her hard-bitten boss Reinhardt is no help either and when she learns that the Minister is coming to inaugurate the well the pressure rises. Next, red water trickles from the well. When Karla finally finds out who really is in charge of the attacks she realizes that her western notion of what is good for people is evaluated totally different in another culture. A story about willing yet failing to help.

Director

  • Picture of Julia Finkernagel © Julia Finkernagel

    Julia Finkernagel

    Julia Finkernagel has a degree in communication design (Academy of Visual Arts Frankfurt) and has completed a successful management career at Frankfurt International Airport. After spending ten years in an air-conditioned office she put up a sabbatical and backpacked across three continents and ten countries. Resulting from private travel reports and little films she completed an internship at MDR Television (Central German Broadcasting Channel) and decided to stay. Over the past six years she established herself as a writer and presenter at the channel and so far has produced 27 episodes of the travel reportage “Ostwärts” (Eastbound). Furthermore she has worked as producer for 25 episodes of the genealogy documentary series “Die Spur der Ahnen” (Traces of the Ancestors).
    Meanwhile she has developed her cinematic skills. She wrote the screenplay "Wishing Well" in the course of a one-year qualification programme for filmmakers (TP2 Talent Pool) and attended to Masterclasses of Slawomir Idziak, Caroline Link, Nicole Mosleh and others. The short film WISHING WELL was shot in 2013 in Andalusia/Spain and is her director’s debut in the domain of feature films. It premiered in January, 2014, at the renowned Max Ophüls Preis Festival in Saarbrücken and has won several prices as Best Short (Jury & Audience Awards) at German film festivals so far.

Awards + Festivals

  • 35th MAX OPHÜLS-PREIS FILM FESTIVAL (Competition, Germany) January 20, 2014
  • *AUDIENCE AWARD*
    SHORTS AT MOONLIGHT (Competition, Germany) July 30, 2014
  • 1st MACH MAL HALBLANG – GÖTTINGER KURZFILMFESTIVAL (Competition, Germany)September 26, 2014
  • SHORTS AT MOONLIGHT MINSK (Screening Goethe-Institut, Belarus)October 8, 2014
  • 18th ARAB FILM FESTIVAL (Competition, Bay Area, USA)October 10, 2014
  • 5th FILMKUNSTTAGE SACHSEN-ANHALT (Competition, Magdeburg, Dessau, Halle, Germany)October 16, 2014
  • 6th UMUNDU FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany)October 17, 2014
  • *JURY AWARD BEST SHORT „KURZFILMBIBER“*
    36th BIBERACHER FILMFESTSPIELE (Competition, Germany)October 30, 2014
  • *AUDIENCE AWARD: BEST SHORT*
    25th KINOFEST LÜNEN (Competition, Germany) November 14, 2015
  • FILMKLUBB OFFENBACH (Screening, Germany) November 22, 2014
  • STUDIOKINO MAGDEBURG (Supporting film, Germany)November 23, 2014
  • 13th FILMZ - FESTIVAL DES DEUTSCHEN KINOS (Competition, Germany) November 29, 2014
  • 65th BERLINALE – BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Screening of winner films of KINOFEST LÜNEN, Germany) February 9, 2015
  • 8th LICHTER FILMFEST (Competition, Germany)March 20, 2015
  • INTERNATIONALE KURZFILMWOCHE REGENSBURG (Competition, Germany)March 20, 2015
  • 8th WAMM FEST – WOMEN AND MINORITIES IN MEDIA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Baltimore, USA)April 10, 2015
  • 12th KURZSÜCHTIG – LEIPZIGER KURZFILMFESTIVAL (Competition, Germany)April 10, 2015
  • 9th REEL SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (Competition, Alberta, Canada)May 5, 2015
  • 2nd BAHRAIN UNITY FILM FESTIVAL (Competition, Bahrain)May 28, 2015
  • SHORTS AT MOONLIGHT (Screening, Germany) July 29, 2015
  • *SPECIAL FESTIVAL MENTION*
    3rd INDIAN CINE FILM FESTIAVL -15 (Official Selection, Mumbai, India)September 19, 2015
  • 13th INT’L FESTIVAL SIGNES DE NUIT (Official Selection, Paris, France)November 26, 2015
  • 2nd INKLUSIVES KURZFILMFESTIVAL KLAPPE AUF! (Competition, Hamburg, Germany)December 4, 2015
  • 3rd GREEN IMAGE FILM FESTIVAL (Preliminary Screening, Tokyo, Japan)January 11, 2016
  • 32nd INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL “SARAJEVO WINTER 2016” (Official Selection, Bosnia and Herzegovina)February 21, 2016
  • 14th INT’L FESTIVAL SIGNES DE NUIT BANGKOK 2016 (Official Selection, Thailand) March 3, 2016
  • *GREEN IMAGE AWARD*
    3rd GREEN IMAGE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tokyo, Japan)March 23, 2016
  • 39th GRENZLAND-FILMTAGE SELB (Competition, Germany)March 31, 2016
  • 2nd KURZFILM-KIEK-IN LABOE (Screening, Germany)March 31, 2016
  • 4th CLUJSHORTS – INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Romania)April 4, 2016
  • FASTNET FILM FESTIVAL (Main Venues, Distributed Cinema programme, Ireland)May 25, 2016
  • 14th FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL SIGNOS DE LA NOCHE (Official Selection, Quito, Ecuador)August 29, 2016
  • 1st INN KURZFILMFESTIVAL BRAUNAU (Short Film Competition, Austria) September 23, 2016
  • 14th FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL SIGNOS DA NOITE (Official Selection, Lisbon, Portugal)October 1, 2016

Trailer

Crew

Director & Screenplay
Julia Finkernagel
Producer
Grit Bümann, Daniel Krüger
Director of Photography
Daniel Krüger
Editor
Julia Dupuis
Sound Design
Daniel Engel
Music
Felix Thoma

Details

Running Time
15:20
Shooting Format
HD 2K
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Dolby 5.1

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0) 176 - 62965299

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

FREISTIL FILM KG
Grit Bümann | Daniel Krüger
Leibnizstraße 34
39104 Magdeburg
Germany
+49 (0) 3915598470
+49 (0) 3915598691

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