The deep friendship between Maria and her Jewish friend Lea gradually starts to break as Maria’s husband Hans goes from being a young adventurer to a high ranking SS of?cer. But on that infamous ?rst day of the Jewish deportation in Munich, Maria comes to a momentous decision which proves what friendship really means to her. She takes on Lea’s child Charlotte to save her from being deported to the concentration camp, thereby risking her own life and ultimately losing Hans. Maria’s story shows that, in the end, friendship can triumph over terror and death.
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DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Annekathrin Wetzel studied direction at the School of Film and Television, Melbourne University and has been working as a director and writer. She started her career with Channel 7, Australian Broadcasting Corporation and as a freelance writer for theatre and cinema in Australia. She directed several independent short
films and gained experience in international productions at an early stage of her career. Annekathrin won several prices for her work, e.g. for Best Script at the Sydney Shortfilm Festival, the Filmprice David and the 2nd price for Best Film at the Leipzig Shortfilm Festival. She directed more than 30 films so far and has been trained by veteran filmmakers and dramatic advisors like Imogen Nabel, Keith Cunningham,
Angela Heuser etc.
"Call her Lotte!" is the world´s first 3D film set in Nazi Germany. A month ago the anniversary of the “Reichs Kristallnacht / Crystal Night” was mourned the 75th time. To its memoriam leading representatives from the state, churches and Jewish community met in Munich/Germany asked for new innovative forms of commemoration to the Holocaust, especially for young people. The film itends to do that, is inspired by the true childhood story of Charlotte Knobloch, Vice President of the Jewish World Congress and she supports our project. The film was shot on original location and in the studio, depicts true historic events and historic experts made sure to the very detail that the film shows events exactly as it would have been back then.