“Isaw him and my heart stood still.” 18-year-old Freya Deichmann meets Helmuth James von Moltke. He is the love of her life. It is a love which must prove itself under the Third Reich. The story builds to a dramatic climax, wavering between hope and a final separation, when Helmuth is imprisoned. Every day could be their last. Their greatest happiness are their daily letters which are smuggled by the prison chaplain. It is a love in a time of resistance which does not even end with the execution of the loved one. The letters bear unique witness to an era, heart-piercing glimpses into an extraordinary existential situation of life and death. The lovers’ story is combined with previously undisclosed conversations with the then 90-year-old Freya in her house in Vermont: “material of astonishing beauty, poetry and passion.”
ANTJE STAROST & HANS HELMUT GROTJAHN’s other films include: MARIKA AND CATERINA (1981), SCHUHMANN (1985), WURLITZER OR INVENTING PRESENT TIME (1985), FACES (1988), CHAUPI MUNDI – THE HEART OF THE WORLD (1992), THE DIPLOMAT (1995), ELENA UND PANCHA (2000), MUMMY'S BOY (2003), STÉPHANE HESSEL (2008), and 7 OR WHY I EXIST (2010).