Habermann’s Mill

Legendary director Juraj Herz decided to open one of the most controversial chapters of Czech history, the post-war deportation of the Germans, during which righteous anger was often mixed with the lowest instincts.

Habermannův mlýn
Czechia, Germany, Austria 2010
  • Czech
105 min.
  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

The story of Habermann's Mill, based on true events, takes place in a small village in the Sudetenland between 1938 and 1945. One of the victims of history was to be the wealthy German businessman August Habermann (Mark Waschke) and his closest friend Březina (Karel Roden). The crazy times would catch up with Habermann, even though he gave jobs to both Czechs and Germans without prejudice and refused to completely submit to Nazi ideology. Given a choice between two options, neither of which is good, he makes a decision that becomes an excuse to become a prime target on the list of „Czech patriots“ immediately after the war, most of whom are his former protégés. But the self-appointed judges and executioners are more concerned with his property than with justice. Can Habermann at least save his wife and child from them?

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Director: Juraj Herz
Based on: Josef Urban
Screenplay: Wolfgang Limmer, Jan Drbohlav, Juraj Herz
Cinematography: Alexander Šurkala
Music: Elia Cmíral
Sound: Tomáš Bělohradský
Editing: Melanie Werwie
Production Design: Petr Fořt
Producer: Karel Dirka
Co-production: Pavel Nový, Jan Kuděla, Lucki Stipetic, Veit Heiduschka, Kai Roger Grueneke
Costumes: Simona Rybáková
Cast: Mark Waschke, Karel Roden, Ben Becker, Hannah Herzsprung, Radek Holub, Wilson Gonzalez Ochsenknecht, Zuzana Kronerová, Jan Hrušínský, Franziska Weisz

Czech Film Critic Awards

2010 – Karel Roden (Best Supporting Actor)

  • This film is available until 31. 7. 2024 in these territories: Czechia, Slovakia.