After the sensitive coming-of-age drama Somersault (2004), Australian Cate Shortland turns to a theme much further from home: the physical and mental ruins of Germany in 1945, directly after the capitulation. Yet this film is also about growing up and making choices.
Lore is a girl with a firm faith in the values of her upbringing. That faith is put under pressure when, shortly after Hitler’s suicide, both her SS father and her mother disappear - probably thrown into jail. Lore is alone and has to get her younger sister and three little brothers to safety.
With sensitive, glowing camerawork and a secure soundtrack, Shortland captures Lore’s state of mind. By consistently choosing the point of view of the girl, the film avoids making any all too easy moral judgements.
Lore, an intimate story about indoctrination and the collapse of a world view, won the Locarno Festival's audience award.

Filmmaker
Cate Shortland
Country
Germany, Australia, United Kingdom
Year
2012
Medium
DCP
Length
109’
Language
German, English
Producer
Karsten Stöter, Liz Watts, Paul Welsh, Benny Drechsel
Production Company
Rohfilm Productions, Porchlight Films, Edge City Films Ltd.
Sales
Memento Films International
Writer
Cate Shortland, Robin Mukherjee, based on a novel by Rachel Seiffert
Cinematography
Adam Arkapaw
Editor
Veronika Jenet
Production Design
Silke Fischer
Sound Design
Sam Petty
Music
Max Richter
Cast
Saskia Rosendahl, Kai Malina
Website
http://international.memento-films.com/catalogue/i-l/lore