The Disappearance of Shere Hite

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Two Lives

"For an issue movie "Two Lives" is something of a nail-biter."

— Kyle Smith, New York Post

"Two Lives unfolds in a slow boil of rage at the government that allowed all this emotional destruction. But Maas treats Katrine with compassion, as a victim of forces more damaging than her own ravenous hunger for love and family."

— Ella Taylor, NPR

Presented by Sundance Selects | Germany, Norway | Feb 28th, 2016 | 100 MINS | NR

Europe 1990. The Berlin Wall has just crumbled: Katrine (Juliane Koehler), raised in East Germany, but now living in Norway for the last 20 years, is a “war child” – the result of a romance between a Norwegian woman (Liv Ullmann) and a German occupation soldier during World War II. She enjoys a happy family life with her mother, her husband, daughter and granddaughter. But when a lawyer asks her and her mother to testify in a trial against the Norwegian state on behalf of the war children, she resists. Gradually, a web of concealments and secrecy is unveiled, until Katrine is faced with losing everything, and her loved ones are forced to take a stand: what matters more, the life they have lived together, or the lie it is based on?


  • Georg Maas


  • Axel Helgeland
  • Rudi Teichmann
  • Jörg Westerkamp
  • Dieter Zeppenfeld


  • Georg Maas
  • Christophe Tölle
  • Ståle Stein Berg
  • Judith Kaufmann