Documentary films


A documentary by Janna Ji Wonders

In co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk, funded by FilmFernsehFonds Bayern and DFFF.

World sales: Deckert Distribution,
German distribution: Farbfilm Verleih, Austrian distribution: PolyFilm

In German cinemas from 21.10.2021!

LENGTH: 112 Min.

In her documentary family saga WALCHENSEE FOREVER, director Janna Ji Wonders embarks on a voyage of discovery spanning four generations of women over a century. In order to uncover the secrets and her role in the generation chain, she leads us from the family café at the Bavarian Lake Walchensee via Mexico to San Francisco during the “Summer of Love”, Indian ashrams, a German commune and back again and again to Lake Walchensee. Questions about identity, roots and self-fulfillment are asked through this search for life, love and death. It is a personal story about the eternal cycle of life.

Writer & Director: Janna Ji Wonders
Editor: Anja Pohl
Co-Writer: Nico Woche
Cinematographers: Janna Ji Wonders, Anna Werner, Sven Zellner
Music: Markus Acker, Cico Beck
Producers: Martin Heisler, Katharina Bergfeld
Commissioning editors: Petra Felber, Fatima Abdollahyan (BR)

Berlinale 2020, Perspektive Deutsches Kino
    ★ Winner Kompass-Perspektive-Award
• Thessaloniki IDD, Greece, 2020
    ★ Golden Alexander Newcomers Award
• DOK.fest Music @home, 2020
• Istanbul IFF, Turkey, 2020
• Biografilm, Italy, 2020
    ★ Best Film Unipol Award
• der Neue Heimat Film Festival, 21.-23.8.2020
• Filmfestival Freistadt, Der Neue Heimatfilm, Austria, 26.-30.8.2020, Eröffnungsfilm
    ★ Audience award
• Fünf Seen Filmfestival, 26.8.-9.9.2020
    ★ Audience award
• DocAviv Filmfest, Israel, 03.-12.09.2020
• Musikfilmtage Oberaudorf, 16.09.2020, opening film
• Film Ohne Grenzen Festival, Bad Saarow, 20.09.2020
• Festival Du Cinéma Allemand, France, 14.10.2020
    ★ Audience award
• 4th West Lake International Film Festival, China, 17.10.2020
• Taiwan IDF, postponed to Spring 2021
• Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival, Turkey, 27.05.- 03.06.2021
• Kyiv IFF Molodist, Ukraine, 29.05.21 - 06.06.21
• AUGENBLICK Filmfest 2021
• HER Docs Filmfest Warsaw 2021
• European Film Festival Bucharest, December 2021

★ Bavarian Film Award, Best Documentary, 2019
★ Berlinale Kompass-Perspektive-Award, 2020
★ Golden Alexander Newcomers Award 2020, Thessaloniki Greece
★ Best Film Unipol Award 2020, Italy
★ German Cinematographers Award/ Best Editing, 2020
✩ Nomination for German Documentary Award, 2020
★ Audience award „Der Neue Heimatfilm“ 2020, Austria
★ Audience award „Fünf Seen Filmfestival“ 2020
✩ Selected for the European Film Award 2020
★ Audience award „Festival Du Cinéma Allemand“ 2020, France
✩ Pre-selected for the German Film Award 2021 (category „documentary“)
★ Editor Anja Pohl nominated for BEST EDITING at the German Film Award 2021
★ Nominated for BEST DOCUMENTARY at the German Film Award 2021