Seventeen-year-old gymnast Susanne hopes to join the national team, but she is struggling at practice because she can't seem to land her new routine for the uneven bars. At the same time, her grades begin to slip at school and she has trouble in her personal relationships.
Maria (Corinna Harfouch), a rising theater star in Nazi Germany, is in love with Mark (André Hennicke), a Jewish actor.
This film in the "Kinder von Golzow" documentary series provides a retrospective look at growing up in the GDR through a biographical portrait of Bernd and his family. Bernd moves from his small hometown to take a position at an industrial petrochemical plant.
Eberhard Kunstmann, a shipbuilder at the Neptune Wharf in Rostock, counsels collegues who are struggling with alchohol addiction.
In 1833, the medical student and poet Georg Büchner leaves his lover Louise behind in Strasbourg and returns to his Hessian homeland, a hotbed of violent political struggles.
Siblings Toni and Rita have arrived safely at their grandmother's house in Bamsdorf in spite of a number of mishaps during their journey. After a few uneventful days, Toni's friend Klaus discovers a cave and the boys sneak out early one morning to go exploring.
Farmer Juan Quin Quin survives in pre-revolutionary Cuba by his wits – as an altar boy, circus performer, bullfighter, coffee planter and revolutionary. The poor but shrewd farmer even plays the part of Jesus Christ with a traveling theater company.
Two 17-year-olds, Werner Holt and Gilbert Wolzow, are pulled out of school and into Hitler's army. Gilbert becomes a fanatical soldier; but at the front, Werner begins to understand the senselessness of war. When Gilbert is hanged by the SS, Werner turns his gun on his own army.
In December 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Four years later—the Islamic calendar's year 1362—, director Volker Koepp visited Kabul and neighboring provinces.