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Young Goethe in Love

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Germany 1772 – the young and tumultuous Johann Goethe (Alexander Fehling) aspires to be a poet; but after failing his law exams, he is sent by his father (Henry Huebchen) to a sleepy provincial court to mend his ways. Unsure of his talent and eager to prove himself, Goethe soon wins the praise and friendship of his superior Kestner (Moritz Bleibtreu). But then Lotte (Miriam Stein) enters his life and nothing is the same as before. However, the young lovers are unaware that her father has already promised Lotte’s hand to another man.

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"While Stölzl is clearly borrowing from other historical flights of fancy, such as Amadeus and Cyrano de Bergerac, along with Shakespeare in Love, the helmer and fellow screenwriters Christoph Mueller and Alexander Dydyna expertly mold these elements to fit the characters and situations’ own requirements, and expertly alternate romance, humor and drama without losing their grip on the characters and their dilemmas."


Winner! German Film Awards 2011 Film Award in Gold - Best Makeup

German Film Awards 2011 Film Award in Gold Nominee - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Alexander Fehling

German Film Awards 2011 Film Award in Gold Nominee - Best Production Design

German Film Awards 2011 Film Award in Gold Nominee - Outstanding Feature Film, Philipp Stölzl (director), Christoph Müller, Helge Sasse

Bambi Awards 2011 Nominee - Best Actor - National, Alexander Fehling

German Film Critics Association Awards 2011 Nominee - Best Film, Philipp Stölzl

Winner! New Faces Awards, Germany 2011 - Actress, Miriam Stein

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2011 Audience Award Nominee - Best Narrative Feature

Cast & Crew
  • Johann Goethe : Alexander Fehling
  • Lotte Buff : Miriam Stein
  • Albert Kestner : Moritz Bleibtreu
  • Jerusalem : Volker Bruch
  • Lotte's father : Burghart Klaussner
  • Johann's father : Henry Hubchen
  • Judiciary President Kammermeier : Hans-Michael Rehberg
  • Anna Buff : Linn Reusse
  • Director : Philipp Stölzl
  • Screenplay : Philipp Stölzl, Christoph Muller, and Alexander Dydyna
  • Producers : Christoph Muller and Helge Sasse
  • Cinematography : Kolja Brandt 
  • Editing : Sven Budelmann
  • Production Design : Udo Kramer
  • Music : Ingo Frenzel
Technical Info
  • Production Year : 2010
  • Release Date : November 4, 2011
  • Countries of Production : Germany
  • Languages : German
  • Running Time : 102 Minutes
  • Screen Ratio : 2.35:1
  • Sound : Dolby Digital
  • Color : Color
  • Rating : Not Rated
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