Summer of '44 – The Lost Generation

Summer of '44 – The Lost Generation

Director: Friedemann Fromm

Screening time: 13.04.2018. 19:00

Screening location: Kino Europa

Runtime: 104 min

Awards: Film Fest Munchen


It's seemingly business as usual for five 16-year- olds at the public pool. The sun burns from the
sky, the boys show off and stare longingly at the pretty girls. But as all of them are looking too cool
off in the water, the Wehrmacht is still fighting. In the summer of 1944 the tide has turned for Nazi
Germany: their army is retreating, squeezing every last drop of blood even from teenage boys.
Ignoring the brutal regime as best as they can, the five lads try to bring some normalcy to their
lives before it's off to the battle fields. The group is lead by the cocky, self-assured Knuffke; his
friend Onkel, the sensitive introvert, longs for true love. For now, they are nothing but cannon
fodder, two of them being forced into the SS, the others fighting alongside 60-year- olds. Soon
enough, two of the boys are dead. Understanding the futility of their efforts, Onkel deserts the
army. He manages to survive and returns to his parents' house when the war is over. Knuffke is
also back, but are they still best friends? As spring turns into summer again, peace has come. But
their innocence is gone, and the public pool has fallen dry.

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