Over a million people lost their lives in the Spanish Civil War, two million were taken prisioner and half a million were expulsed from Spain. Set during these harrowing years between Franco’s putsch and the end of World War II, this is the story of a couple and their undying love. Lawyer Justo Calderón is a glowing Republican who fights Franco both in the trenches and on the radio as the “Voice of Revolution”. His elegant young wife Manuela is spoiled, non-political, but a lover mother to their daughter Paloma and intensely in love with her husband. The young family undergoes all the horrors of the Civil War, all the pain of betrayal, imprisonment and torture, all the anguish of separation. When Franco’s troops win, Manuela looses all contact with Justo. Alone, without money, she and Paloma struggle to survive. Yet Manuela never gives up believing that she will find Justo again one day. In her tireless search for her husband, she sees a photo in magazine article on former concentration camp prisoners and becomes convinced that it is Justo. Her search now takes on a new urgency. —mostra.org
Peter Sehr earned a degree in Physics and Chemistry in Zurich. After a year in South America, he pursued doctoral studies in Biophysics in Oxford from 1975-1979. During this period, he ran the University Film Society and made his first short films “To Shoot a Bicycle” (1978) and “A Group of People” (1979). In 1980, he moved to Paris, where he spent two years as a research scientist at the Institut Curie. At the same time, he began to work as an assistant director. In 1982, he moved back to Germany and worked with various German and French directors. In 1988, he founded P"Artisan Filmproduktion with Marie Noëlle.
His films include: “Und nicht ein Tohuwabohu” (1987), “Serbian Girl” (Das Serbische Maedchen, 1991) , “Kaspar Hauser: Crime Against a Man”s Soul" (1993) – winner of three German Film Awards, “Obsession” (1997), “Love the Hard Way” (2001, winner of a Silver Leopard at Locarno 2001), and “The Anarchist”s Wife" (Die Frau des Anarchisten, 2008). —german-films.de read more