The Wolves

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Original title The Wolves
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 2009
length 270 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Friedemann Fromm
script Christoph Fromm ,
Friedemann Fromm
production Regina Ziegler
camera Hanno Lentz
cut Annemarie Bremer

Die Wölfe is a three-part docu-drama from 2009. It deals with the story of a Berlin youth gang against the background of the Berlin blockade , the division of Germany and reunification . The three episodes Nothing Can Separate Us , Broken City and Hope for Happiness were broadcast for the first time on January 29, February 2 and 3, 2009 on ZDF .


Nothing can separate us

In 1989 two people want to get married. At the wedding it turns out that the parents of the two are known to each other:

1948: Bernd and his friend Kurt, who both dream of their own pub , Silke, who is a staunch communist , the Jewish Jakob and Lotte's little brother Ralf found their gang, Die Wölfe . From then on, all five spend a lot of time together. The pitfalls of the post-war period weld them together more and more.

Broken city

1961: 13 years later, Bernd, who is in a relationship with Lotte, owns his own pub with a haulage company. Ralf is his employee. Kurt studies law , while Jakob is a lecturer in mathematics and is interested in the development of computers. Silke works for the television of the GDR and Lotte is preparing for her singing career. A short time later, the border to the GDR is closed . Since Lotte, who has meanwhile fallen in love with Jakob, and Jakob are trapped in the GDR, Bernd wants to smuggle them into the western part of Germany with Ralf's help . Lotte survives the way to the west unscathed. Ralf is shot and Jakob is brought to the Stasi by border guards , where he is offered to work as a scientist in Moscow and to get a new identity as Johan Feiner. Jakob accepts because otherwise he would have to go to prison. Some time later, his friends in the West received a letter stating that Jacob was dead.

Hope for happiness

1989: 28 years later, Lotte believes that Silke was to blame for her brother's death. Her husband Bernd is a building contractor and Kurt is a CDU politician . Jakob and Silke are also married and have two sons. One is a photographer, the other works for the Stasi. Bernd and Lotte also have children: their daughter is a student at the music college and their son is a schoolboy. When Jacob's first son and Bernd's daughter met in Hungary , they fell in love. She gets pregnant. Jacob's son now wants to flee to Germany, which he does. Both meet again in the west. A short time later the border is opened. They both want to get married on New Year's Eve . Lotte believes Jakob is her daughter's father, which makes Bernd very angry. A short time later, however, it turns out that there is a misunderstanding. At the end of the film, Bernd's daughter and Jacob's son get married. The daughter of the two has already been born.


The project was supervised by the ZDF editorial offices Zeitgeschichte (led by Guido Knopp ) and Zeitgeschehen . The game scenes are interwoven with historical recordings from the time of the Berlin blockade in 1948, the construction of the Wall in 1961 and the fall of the Wall in 1989. The shooting time for the film was 70 days with a budget of 6 million euros. Instead of masking the actors to age, the characters were cast with different actors in each episode. A total of 106 speaking roles were available.


Individual evidence

  1. Joachim Huber: Film review: Berliner, how have you changed. In: Der Tagesspiegel . January 28, 2009. Retrieved March 15, 2009 .
  2. Awards for German productions in Shanghai and Monte Carlo. In: June 16, 2009. Retrieved June 18, 2009 .
  3. An Emmy for “Die Wölfe” , article in of November 24, 2009, accessed on January 17, 2014

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