In 1943, while the Allies are bombing Berlin and the Gestapo is purging the capital of Jews, a dangerous love affair blossoms between two women. One of them, Lilly Wust (NOWHERE IN AFRICA’s Juliane Köhler), married and the mother of four sons, enjoys the privileges of her stature as an exemplar of Nazi motherhood. For her, this affair will be the most decisive experience of her life. For the other woman, Felice Schragenheim (Maria Schrader, actress and award-winning director of UNORTHODOX and LOVE LIFE), a Jewess and member of the underground, their love fuels her with the hope that she will survive.
A half-century later, Lilly Wust told her incredible story to writer Erica Fischer, and the book, AIMÉE AND JAGUAR, first published in 1994 immediately became a bestseller and has since been translated into eleven languages. Max Färberböck's debut film, based on Fischer's book, is the true story of this extraordinary relationship. The film was nominated for a 1999 Golden Globe Award and was Germany's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Both actresses received Silver Bears at the 1999 Berlin International Film Festival for their portrayals of "Aimée" and "Jaguar".
"A poignant, true love story set in wartime Berlin." - The New York Times
"Kohler and Schrader give remarkable portrayals in roles rich in depth and complexity." - Los Angeles Times
90% Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!
Official Entry (Germany), Best Foreign Language Film | 1999 Academy Awards
Golden Globe Nominee - Best Foreign Language Film
Winner, Silver Bear Award - Berlin International Film Festival
Directed by Max Färberböck
Drama, Romance, True Story, LGBT, Women's Studies, WWII
German (with English subtitles)