Hanna's Journey

Hanna's Journey

by Julia von Heinz

Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information

Hanna goes to Israel in order to push her career by working with disabled people. Itay, the israeli social worker picks on Hanna with Holocaust jokes and cynical comments on German history, whilst obviously flirting with her. She initially reacts with rejection, but after a while she becomes interested in her family's history, and also in Itay…

Awards & Festivals

In competition in the section "ReelWomenDirect at Cleveland International Film Festival!
In competition at the European Film Market for the German Film Award aka LOLA!
US Premiere in Berlin & Beyond IFF


Hanna: Karoline Schuch
Itay: Doron Amit
Maja: Lore Richter
Carsten: Max Mauff
Alex: Trystan Pütter
Uta: Suzanne von Borsody
Gertraud: Lia Koenig
Hadar: Daniel Shimshoni
Mira: Sigalit Fuchs
Albert: Tzachi Hanan

Director Statement

"For Hanna the Holocaust is history, dealt with and duly processed in class. She is going to Israel for selfish motives: A few months of „doing something with Jews“, nowadays shows democratic responsibility and helps your career. Silence has severed the personal historiography within families in Germany, but the basic currents of history have worked on in secrecy. Hanna realizes this in Israel. Her grandparents and her detested mother’s behaviour made her what she is today. You can’t start from zero. 
In HANNA'S JOURNEY I’m attending the question which impact the Holocaust has for Israelis and Germans of the 3rd generation, how the shared past is affecting our lives up to today and inseparably connects us. The mixture of fascination and disgust which forms the German-Israeli relations, the neurotic, gets symbolized by my film’s complicated love story."


Director: Julia von Heinz
Screenplay: Julia von Heinz, John Quester
Associate Producer: Julia Röskau
Director of Photography: Daniela Knapp
Editor: Florian Miosge
Production Design / Art Director: Eytan Levy, Heike Lange
Costume Design: Hila Bargiel
Make Up: Silke Dotzauer
Casting: Tolkien Casting, Esther Kling
Co-Production Companies: Black Sheep Film Productions Ltd., Kings & Queens Filmproduktion GbR
Co-Production Broadcasters: Bayerischer Rundfunk, Westdeutscher Rundfunk
Co-Producers: Naomi Levari, Saar Yogev, Julia von Heinz, John Quester
Producers: Jörg Siepmann, Harry Flöter
Producer Company: 2Pilots Filmproduction GmbH
Supported by: FFF, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, FFA, BKM, MEDIA, éQuinoxe, EATC, Israel Film Fund, Jerusalem Film Fund

Original Title: Hannas Reise / 2.35:1 / Colour / 100 min / 5.1 / English, german and hebrew with english subtitles / DCP and HDCAM available / Germany & Israel 2013

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