11/21/2020 05:15 pm – Caligari FilmBühne

Germany 2020 110 min German and English original version with English subtitles

by Janna Ji Wonders

Script: Janna Ji Wonders, DoP: Janna Ji Wonders, Sven Zellner, Anna Werner, Editor: Anja Pohl, Production: Flare Film, Producers: Katharina Bergfeld, Martin Heisler, Najda Smith, with: Norma Werner, Anna Werner, Frauke Werner, Janna Ji Wonders, Jazon Wonders, Jutta Winkelmann, Rainer Langhans

In her documentary family saga WALCHENSEE FOREVER, director Janna Ji Wonders embarks on a voyage of discovery spanning a century: she takes us from the family café at the Bavarian Walchensee to San Francisco to the infamous “Summer of Love“. It is a timeless family story about the search for identity, selfrealization, love, pain, dependence, loss, psychosis, birth, death and a film about the cycle of life.

“An epic and intimate documentary narrative at the same time – Janna Ji Wonders turns the fascinating history of her family into a no less fascinating film, spanning a period from the 1920s to the present day. An outstanding documentary film.” (www.filmstarts.de)

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Janna Ji Wonders was born in Mill Valley/California and lives in Munich/Germany. She studied at the University of Television and Film Munich, where she directed numerous music videos, shorts and documentaries. Her award-winning films, including the L.A. hip-hop documentary BLING BLING and STREET PUNK MOSCOW about young punks in Russia, were shown at international film festivals around the world. With her band YA-HA! she recently released a debut album. Her love for music shapes her work as a filmmaker. Her latest film I REMEMBER had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival 2015. For her new project WALCHENSEE FOREVER she received the “Made in Germany Award – Perspektive” at the Berlinale 2016. The finished film received the “Bavarian Film Award for Best Documentary” in January 2020 and celebrated its world premiere at the Berlinale 2020.

Filmography (selection): 2002 BLING BLING (co-directors: Neelesha Barthel and Heike Woosey), 2005 KINDER DER SCHLAFVIERTEL, 2008 HOLY HOME (short film), 2015 I REMEMBER, 2020 WALCHENSEE FOREVER

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