Winter Journey

Anders Østergaard, Denmark, 2019

87 min.DK/DocumentaryHistorical drama

Martin Goldsmith never knew what really had happened to his parents Georg and Rosemarie before their escape from Germany in 1941. As he confronts his father over a long weekend, we are brought back to the complex 1930s, when his parents were young musicians in a bizarre organisation – Jüdischer Kulturbund. Here, at the mercy of Joseph Goebbels, they devoted their youth to music until they escaped at the very last minute. They were courageous Jewish musicians who struggled to perform under difficult circumstances and yet found time to fall in love in a country bent on destroying them. Martin Goldsmith himself is the unseen interviewer and a vulnerable Bruno Ganz his father in his final role.
Basic information Credits
Original title Vinterrejse
Danish title Vinterrejse
Keywords Germany, Jews, Persecution of the Jews, Family history, Families, Traumas, Musicians, Culture, Jewish Cultural League, The, Escape, 1930-1939
Director Anders Østergaard
Co-director Erzsébet Rácz
Screenplay Anders Østergaard, Martin Goldsmith
Producer Mette Heide, Thomas Kufus, Tassilo Aschauer
Director of Photography Henner Besuch
Editor Anders Villadsen
Sound Dominik Schleier
Appearance Bruno Ganz, Martin Goldsmith, Leonard Scheicher, Harvey Friedman
Production country Denmark
Danish subtitles Yes
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut, DR TV
International sales Menemsha Films
Online release 01.04.2020,
Comment World premiere at IDFA 2019. Anders Østergaard is renowned for 'The Magus' (1999), 'Tintin and Me' (2004) and Oscar nominee 'Burma VJ' (2008). His most recent film is '1989' (2014) about the events leading up to the fall of the Berlin wall.
DFI subsidy Konsulentstøtte
Danish rating Not recommended for children under 7
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Production company Plus Pictures
Co-production Zero One Film, Norddeutscher Rundfunk
With support from Det Danske Filminstitut, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Filmförderungsanstalt, Creative Europe, Claims Conference
In collaboration with DR, SVT, YLE
Domestic distribution Danske Filminstitut, DR TV


Direction Anders Østergaard
Co-director Erzsébet Rácz


Screenplay Anders Østergaard
Screenplay Martin Goldsmith
Research Monika Preischl


Producer Mette Heide
Producer Thomas Kufus
Producer Tassilo Aschauer
Line producer Justin Kreinbrink
Line producer Tassilo Aschauer
Production assistant Lars Halby
Production assistant Jacob Utzon
Production manager Luna Jansen
Production assistant Erlend Indseth
Production consultant Tina Winholt
Production consultant Peter Baekkel


Director of Photography Henner Besuch
Cinematographer Lars Skree
Visual consultant Simon Plum
Key grip Morten Kildegaard
First assistant camera Mikkel Find


Editor Anders Villadsen
Assistant editor Martin Munck Schmidt
Assistant editor Jacob Utzon

Production design

Art director Darren Clark


Sound engineer Dominik Schleier
Mixer Martin Steyer
Dialogue editor Peter Schultz


George Goldsmith Bruno Ganz
Sig selv Martin Goldsmith
Unge George Goldsmith Leonard Scheicher
Martin Goldsmith on set Harvey Friedman
Professor Spittel András Bálint
Udlejer Dani Levy
Rosemarie Goldsmith Izabella Nagy
Pige Fritzi Uhrig

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