Director: Pola Beck
Writers: Pola Beck, Burkhardt Wunderlich
Cast: Aylin Tezel, Slavko Popadic, Sohel Altan Gol uvm.
Production: Augenschein Filmproduktion, ZDF-Das kleine Fernsehspiel
German Distribution: Port au Prince Pictures
+++ In German cinemas Nov 3rd +++
Based on the bestseller by Olga Grjasnowa: Mascha (Aylin Tezel) is wild and loud, uncompromising and quick-witted. But at the bottom of her heart, she is disoriented. The budding interpreter is a cosmopolitan, speaks five languages fluently. She never talks about her own history, about the refugee in herself. Her circle of friends is multicultural, parties hard and counters the omnipresent everyday racism with wicked irony. Mascha loves without consideration – her languages, her friends and above all her boyfriend Elias.
Mascha has just moved in with Elias when he becomes a nursing case due to an initially harmless sports injury. More and more, Mascha’s life gets out of control, until Elias’ sudden death plunges her into a crisis. She takes flight and, with nothing but her passport, gets on a plane bound for Israel. There she does what she does best: she throws herself full force into a new life, finds a new love and finally has to realize that you can’t run away from yourself forever.
ALL RUSSIANS LOVE BIRCH TREES is a production by augenschein Filmproduktion in co-production with ZDF / Das kleine Fernsehspieland in cooperation with ARTE. Supported by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the Deutschen Filmförderfonds and MEDIA – Creative Europe.