The Jewish Redlich family emigrate to Kenya in 1938. The War in Europe is imminent and the provident Walter decides to save those closest to him from its consequences. While his wife Jettel finds it hard adapting to her new life on an isolated farm, a far from romantic existence, little Regina falls in love with Africa. She befriends the native cook Owuor, she learns the language of the local inhabitants and gradually discovers the magic of the black continent. Her parents’ marriage, however, begins to show cracks, and the end of the war, during which most of their Jewish relatives have perished, places them in an absurd situation. According to the victors’ logic, as German nationals they belong to a nation who lost the war. Now Walter longs to return home, but Regina and Jettel want to stay… –Karlovy Vary
Caroline Link (born June 2, 1964 in Bad Nauheim, Germany), is a German film director and screenwriter. She is the daughter of Jürgen and Ilse Link. From 1986 to 1990 she studied at the Munich Academy of Film and Television (HFF), and then worked as an assistant director and script writer.
Link’s early work includes the short film Bunte Blumen, from 1988. She was a co-director on the documentary film Das Glück zum Anfassen (1989). For Bavaria Film, she wrote two screenplays to the detective series Der Fahnder (The Investigators).
Link’s first feature film, Jenseits der Stille (Beyond Silence) in 1996 was nominated for the Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film five years before, and attracted attention for its portrayal of a family with deaf parents. Her second feature film was Annaluise and Anton (1999), based on a novel by Erich Kästner. Her third feature film, Nirgendwo in Afrika (Nowhere in Africa) in 2001… read more
Not forgettable at all. A deep, moving, movie set in beautiful Kenya with very good acting. It was very easy to see why this movie won the Oscar for best foreign film of the year.