In Our Country

A Film by Louisa Wagener

Synopsis

Nineteen-year-old Eritrean refugee Teklebrhan has survived his arduous journey through the Libyan desert. However after arriving in Germany he has a hard time adapting to his new life. Adding to his woes, his family is experiencing financial problems because of him. In order to help them Tekle decides to become the next Jerome Boateng. He joins a rural soccer team in Bavaria where he befriends the seventeen year old Anton. Tekle refuses to accept that he is not talented enough to become a big soccer star. His friend Anton does not understand Tekle’s ambition. The other team members, including Anton’s friends, reject Tekle as well as the other refugees. At first it seems that Anton and Tekle’s friendship can reconcile the divide between the two groups, but then one of the German players loses his spot to Tekle…

Director

  • Picture of Louisa Wagener © Norbert Mohr

    Louisa Wagener

    Ever since early childhood, Louisa (born 1992), has loved writing stories. During her time in high school she was involved in the school’s theatre and newspaper and worked for many German TV productions before being accepted into the film school program at Macromedia University of applied sciences. “In Our Country” is her graduation film and marks her second short film produced in cooperation with Saskia Hahn.

Awards + Festivals

  • 50th INTERNATIONAL HOFER FILMTAGE (Official Selection, Hof, Germany)October 27, 2016
  • EQUALITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kiev, Ukraine)December 8, 2016
  • 17th FILUMS - INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lahore, Pakistan)February 17, 2017
  • *JURY AWARD “MEDIENHOCHSCHULEN”*
    FLIMMERN UND RAUSCHEN JUNGENDFILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Munich, Germany)February 22, 2017
  • 2nd INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL KOLKATA (Official Selection, Kolkata, India)March 6, 2017
  • *AUDIENCE AWARD “SPRUNGBRETT”*
    18th LANDSHUTER KURZFILMFESTIVAL (Competition, Landshut, Germany)March 15, 2017
  • *BEST PICTURE BRONCE
    50th WORLDFEST-HOUSTON (Official Selection, Houston, Texas, USA)April 21, 2017
  • BCN SPORTS FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Barcelona, Spain)May 8, 2017
  • 14th NEISSE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany)May 9, 2017
  • *BEST FILM SELECTED BY THE TEEN JURY*
    7th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FICAIJ (Official Selection, Mérida, Venezuela)May 29, 2017
  • *3rd AWARD*
    6th SHORTS ON THE ROCK OPEN AIR KURZFILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Alzenau, Germany)June 10, 2017
  • 1st CUMP FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nairobi, Kenya)June 13, 2017
  • *AUDIENCE AWARD*
    U.KINO KURZFILMFEST (Official Selection, Munich, Germany)June 14, 2017
  • *AUDIENCE AWARD*
    4th MOOSBURGER KURZFILMNACHT (Official Selection, Germany)July 22, 2017
  • 2nd PANAMA CANAL INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Panamá)August 17, 2017
  • 2nd BLACK STAR INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ghana)August 18, 2017
  • *NOMINATION BEST FILM FOR MAY 2017*
    1st LARGO FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, USA)August 20, 2017
  • 10th NAPERVILLE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, IL, USA)September 23, 2017
  • 1st GREAT MESSAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)September 23, 2017
  • 22nd INTERNATIONALES SCHLINGEL FILMFESTIVAL (Competition, Chemnitz, Germany)September 25, 2017
  • 15th TALLGRASS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wichita, KS, USA)October 12, 2017
  • 2nd EUROPEAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)October 25, 2017
  • SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL FILM AWARS (Narrative Short Film Competition, San José, Costa Rica)October 25, 2017
  • 13th EARLY BIRD INT'L STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sofia, Bulgaria)November 1, 2017
  • 13th INT'L FILM FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH (“Panorama” Section, Yerevan, Armenia)November 7, 2017
  • 1st TOFIFES - TORRECINOS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Panamá, Panama)November 20, 2017
  • 2nd SMITA PATIL DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 9, 2017
  • 12th LECCE FILM FEST (Official Selection, Lecce, Italy)December 16, 2017
  • FBW (GERMAN FILM AND MEDIA REVIEW): SEAL OF APPROVAL: 'HIGHLY RECOMMENDED'
    FBW (DEUTSCHEN FILMBEWERTUNGSSTELLE): PRÄDIKAT: 'BESONDERS WERTVOLL'

Trailer

Crew

Screenplay
Louisa Wagener/ Saskia Hahn
Producer
Saskia Hahn
Director
Louisa Wagener
Director of Photography
Ute Bolmer
Costume Design
Silke Schmelzer
Sound
Sara Misztela
Editor
Malte Wilhelm
Sound Design
Paul Stark & Philipp Engelmann
Music
Jonas Grauer

Details

Running Time
29:52 mins
Shooting Format
16:9, Full HD
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
1:2,35 (Cinemascope)
Sound
5.1
Website

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

aug&ohr medien
Markus Kaatsch
Riemannstraße 21
D-10961 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 61620068

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Saskia Hahn
Saskia Hahn Filmproduktion
Berg-am-Laim-Straße 104,
81673 München, Deutschland

mail@saskiahahn.de

DIRECTOR

Louisa Wagener

louisa.wagener@hotmail.de