Fluss des Lebens: Wiedersehen an der Donau
Vienna – In front of the Tanneks’ villa, a somewhat wild Romanian of no more than 15 years of age stands and demands to see Dana Manulescu. Dr. Daniela Tannek is thunderstruck, slams the door in the “stranger’s” face, tries to hide her agitation from her still-husband Franz and daughter Paula. But the
young Romanian doesn’t let up until he’s in the car with “Aunt Dana” – on the way to her old home: the Romanian Danube Delta. Neither Franz nor Paula know about Daniela’s real origins.
In the Delta, Dana meets the real reason for this trip: Her brother Silviu Manulescu. The rifts of the past between Dana and Silviu have widened with each passing year since childhood, seeming almost insurmountable for brother and sister. Dana is about to turn her back on Silviu, the village and her old home once and for all. But then Franz and Paula appear in this enchanted water world, in the mist of which their Daniela has disappeared so uncharacteristically that they were seriously worried.
Franz, in his own way, helps Dana stay. It is the only chance to save their almost lost relationship. It is only in the encounter with the homeland that has become so foreign to her and with the unique nature of the people there that she finds the peace to arrive and to pave a way to herself with careful steps.
But then she realizes that she doesn’t have much time left, because Silvio is sick. Very sick. Emil’s only wish was for his father to finally find his way back to his sister, whom he misses – whether he admits it or not – more than he can even bear.
Cast: Sandra Borgmann, Harald Krassnitzer, Thomas Sarbacher, Bogdan Iancu, Nathalie Köbli
Screenplay: Martin Kluger, Maureen Herzfeld, Raphael Solà-Ferrer
Director: Torsten C. Fischer
Camera: Hagen Bogdanski
Composer: Ulrich Reuter
Editing: Heike Parplies
Production design: Jörg Prinz
Costume: Heike Werner
Mask: Kitty Kratschke
Sound: Dirk Homann
Production management: Darko Lovrinic
Producer: Simon Grohe
Producer: Martin Lehwald, Michal Pokorny, Marcos Kantis
Commissioning Editor: Nele Willaert (ZDF), Ulrike Marek (ORF)