Walchensee Forever

2020 — 110 min / Colour and B&W



In her documentary family saga WALCHENSEE FOREVER, director Janna Ji Wonders embarks on a voyage of discovery spanning four women over a century. In order to uncover the secrets and her role in the generation chain, Wonders leads us from the family café at the Bavarian Lake Walchensee via Mexico to San Francisco during the “Summer of Love”, Indian ashrams, a German commune and back again to Lake Walchensee. Questions about identity, roots and self-fulfillment as asked through this search for life, love and death. A personal story about the eternal cycle of life.

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Director Biography

Janna Ji Wonders, born in Mill Valley, California, she grew up near Lake Walchensee in Bavaria. She studied at the University of Film and Television in Munich and shot numerous music videos. Her documentaries Bling Bling, about the gangster rap scene in LA, and Street Punk Moscow, about young punks in the suburbs of Moscow, won several awards. Her feature film I Remember was selected for the 2015 Perspektive Deutsches Kino while her concept for Walchensee Forever received the „Made in Germany – Perspektive Fellowship“ in 2016; the completed film won the Bavarian Film Award in January 2020.

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Janna Ji Wonders


Martin Heisler

Katharina Bergfeld

Nadja Smith


Janna Ji Wonders

Anna Werner

Sven Zellner


Anja Pohl


Janna Ji Wonders

Sven Zellner

Screenings & Awards

Berlinale, Germany, 2020
Compass-Perspektive Award

Thessaloniki IDF, Greece, 2020
Winner-Golden Alexander

DOK.fest Munich, Germany, 2020

Istanbul IFF, Turkey, 2020

Taiwan IDF, Taiwan, 2020


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