Liebe Oma, Guten Tag!
Authors and Directors: Jūratė Samulionytė & Vilma Samulionytė
Producers: Ieva Norvilienė/TREMORA (Lithuania)
& Dagmar Blume-Niehage/DAGSTAR FILMS (Germany)
Cinematographer: Audrius Zelenius
Sound: Martynas Tamulis
Music: Markus Aust
Editors: Linas Grubys & Nele Jeromin
Editing Consultant: Gesa Marten
Time to talk. About everything.
The creative documentary “Liebe Oma, Guten Tag!” is a film where two sisters from Lithuania – a filmmaker and a photographer – take a journey through their German grandmother’s past, which is full of unanswered questions.
Authors’ grandmother was from a German minority in Lithuania, which was expelled by Nazi policy “Heim ins Reich” to Germany during the WWII. She spent 3 years in Germany and nobody could explain why and how she came back to the Soviet Union on her own, separated from her family. While searching for reasons of coming back the authors encounter her love story, discomfort of being German in Soviet Lithuania and a chain of suicides in their family. The reality is stronger than any written script and gives the most unexpected dramaturgy for characters during this project.
The filmmakers debate with their mother and other family members the questions of homeland, family secrets, guilt and German roots. They are part of the third generation of „Lithuanian-Germans“, who are raised to forget their German roots. Certain destinies did repeat themselves within their family through generations. Only by understanding their past, they have a chance of understanding how they should live now
Author driven documentary “Liebe Oma, Guten Tag!” takes place in Germany and Lithuania as film characters travel following their roots and long forgotten stories. It is made from a need to talk of unspoken topics, to look for answers and hopefully to break taboos.
Ieva Norvilienė, Dagmar Niehage
Juratė Samulionytė, Vilma Samulionytė
Linas Grubys, Gesa Marten, Nele Jeromin