A film by Annette and Klaus Scheurich
Documentary (52 min), WDR, 2013
Winter casts a very special, magical spell. It’s a time for traditions and customs: snowmen come to life, Santas wander through brightly-lit Christmas markets, much to the delight of the children. But indigenous animal life pays no heed to this human idyll. For them, winter is a time of austerity. Squirrels, boars and lynx all have their own strategy for surviving the winter. But despite an amazing ability to adapt, the fight for survival is hard – and can often only be won with the help of human beings. The film takes us on a journey through wintry Germany. Unusual animal stories, underscored by a childlike enthusiasm for the cold season creates a special winter atmosphere that not even adults can escape: Contemplative, amusing and fascinating all at the same time, the film lyrically illustrates the charm of a German Christmas winter wonderland.