Berlin, 1937. The Fascists are rising to power inexorably. Marion von Kammer watches helplessly as the Nazis destroy the little theater where she performs outlawed songs. Disgusted by what Berlin has become, she leaves for Zurich with her mother and Tilly, her sister. Tilly, who has left her lover behind, is wretched. Marion moves once again, to Paris, where she meets Martin. Together they broadcast anti-Fascist propaganda on a German-language radio station, and Marion sings her outlawed songs in a small Paris bar. But Fascist ideology is extending its tentacles everywhere.
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I was still a child in the Berlin of the 1920s and '30s. We lived outside of town and didn't see much of the Berlin described by Klauss Mann. Before Hitler came to power, the '20s and '30s were clearly a happy time for artists and writers. A certain political instability favored artistic creativity. The whole world considered Berlin a creative, carefree, joyful place to live. The film clearly shows how German artists exiled to Paris suffered by being separated from "their" Berlin. They also suffered from not being able to express themselves in their own language. That is what Martin and all exiled writers suffer.
Ottokar Runze – Director