Synopsis: The story takes place in Ukraine (Poltava) in 1941 before and during the German invasion. This story is about deep friendship between three musically talented children . Two Jewish children both virtuosic and a talented German girl who share a love of music .. Their friendship extends beyond the gaps of different religions and nationalities, The Nazis invasion to the Soviet Union destroyed their world and they and their families deal with death threats War brings with it.
Genre: Drama, Music, War
Director(s): Markus Rosenmüller
Production: Kinowelt
  8 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

Wunderkinder Prodigy

Thank you, Mr. Bosch.


Grandma Hanna!

Thank you for coming.

The press meeting and photo shoot

are rescheduled for tomorrow.

A strange old man came. He claimed he

was an old friend, so I sent him away.

- An old friend?

- He said to give you this.

For Hanna. The Queen of Fish.


Are you alright? Should I

get you a glass of water?

Go get me that man.


Grandma, who is that man?

That man?

That man is Abrascha.

There was no one who

could play like him.

Germany Awake


Poltava, Ukraine Spring 1941

Larissa and Abrascha, the two geniuses.

The two prodigies.

This perfect culture

created by these small hands

is the great achievement

formed by our system and party.

We should also be thankful

of the children's efforts.

Please rise, parents!

Come to the stage, Irina.

To promote the great products

of Soviet education in Ukraine,

the glorious party will

proudly send musical prodigies

Larissa and Abrascha on

tour to Moscow and Leningrad.

Prodigy (Wunderkinder). That was

the first time I heard of that word.

Their music was really great.

I had never heard of

such beautiful music.

I knew that piece from Sarasate but

the sound was different.

It sounded as if they made it.

Abrascha, catch!

You only did this much?

Is something wrong?

I don't know. It might not

be good to only play music.

How? Everyone is proud of us.

We're even going to Moscow.

See, there's a central

conservatory in Moscow.

- They might send us there.

- What will we learn there?

- Irina is the best.

- Yes, she is.


I don't want to leave.

We can make a few mistakes

and disappoint the party.

I'll do it with you.

Come, let's go tracking like indians.

- Hello? I'm Hanna. Hanna Reich.

- What do you want?

- I want to play with you.

- We're going to play by ourselves.

No, I want to play music together.

Please! I even went to your recital.

You're German, aren't you?

We don't have time. We

have to go on our tour.

Did you know Indians called

the train the "iron horse"?

They were afraid of trains.

I'm afraid of trains too.

We're going to conquer

the world with music.

- To do that, you have to ride trains.

- Kids, come here!

You kids aren't famous

enough to hold a train.


- There's food in the train.

- But it's not as good as ours.

Listen to your mother. I've

brought you something to read.

Son, take care of

yourself and the ladies.

Beautiful. I haven't

heard this one before.

The melody is good. Is

it a German composition?

No, it's my friend

Larissa Brodsky's work.

I didn't know you made a new friend.

I want to learn from Irina too.

Did you know indians can catch a

buffalo with just a bow and arrow?

Or kill a puma with a single knife?

You're making these

stories up, aren't you?

Abrascha, give me that

stupid knife right now.

This is mine. Lieutenant

Tapilin gave it to me.

Only a policeman would

give such a stupid gift.

Even if you have it with you, don't

ever take it out when we're travelling.

We have to cancel the tour

if you get even a scratch.

Do you want that?


You should take care of your hands.

It's your most precious instrument.

There's nothing that can

replace it. Now let's practice.

You two are representing

the Soviet Union.

You have to act as if comrade

Stalin is sitting next to you.

Let's start with the Hungarian Dance.

Hanna! The teacher

is here! Come quickly.


- Carnegie Hall! It's Carnegie Hall!

- What's Carnegie Hall?

It's America's most famous concert

hall. You're going to tour in America.

- America? Are we going to

the west coast too? - Yes.

- Will our parents come with us?

- Of course.

- Grandpa too?

- Go! You should be greeting them!

I can't believe it, America!

- Are we all going?

- Yes.

We have to show them the

best Soviet prodigies.

My son.

Will you bring your grandfather?

Of course, grandfather.

Cheers for your health!

America, I wish I could go right now.

For good, I mean.

You have the right to live without

being discriminated against.

Don't say that. There's

nothing better than the homeland.

Hello, my name is Max Reich. I'm

the head of the German brewery.

I know who you are. How can I help you?

I wanted to talk to you about something.

Is the house on fire?

You played too fast.

Only Hanna kept the right pace.

Larissa had no problems.

For someone who feels for music,

you feel little with people.

Hanna, you bow well

and have a good rhythm.

Wonderful, all three of you.

- I'd like it if you could practice together

often. - That would be good.

You dropped this by the lake.

- What's that?

- Our winter coats.

It's our family's

new coats. Let's see.

- Fits like a glove.

- Isn't it expensive?

- They were certainly not cheap.

- Who paid for it?

- What are you talking about?

- Max Reich, wasn't it?

Did you get money for the practice?

- Why didn't you tell me?

- I'm your father. I make the decisions.

The Reichs do their name

proud. They're rich.

In communism, sharing

together is virtue.

This is different. This is my music.

- Hanna!

- Yes, mother?

Come here. You're

practicing hard lately.

- Your mother and father are proud.

- I like to play.

Please sit down.

You know, I'd like

you to exercise too.

Your teacher also

complained about your math.

I think enjoying music is good,

but aren't you

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Artur Brauner

Artur "Atze" Brauner (born Abraham Brauner; 1 August 1918) is a German film producer and entrepreneur of Polish origin. He produced over 300 films since 1946. more…

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