March of Millions
|March of Millions
|Genre||World War II film|
|Written by||Gabriela Sperl|
|Directed by||Kai Wessel|
|Theme music composer||Enjott Schneider|
|Country of origin||Germany|
|No. of episodes||2|
|Producer(s)||Katrin Goetter, Nico Hofmann, Joachim Kosack, Sebastian Werninger|
|Running time||179 min (2 parts)|
|Original release||4 March – 5 March 2007|
March of Millions is the international English title of the multi-award-winning three-hour German television film Die Flucht (The Flight). The film stars Maria Furtwängler in the role of Lena Gräfin von Mahlenberg, the leader of a small convoy of refugees from East Prussia (including French and Russian prisoners of war and forced labourers) fleeing the advancing Red Army in the winter of 1944-1945, and trying to survive uprooted in Bavaria in the aftermath of World War II. When first broadcast by ARD in two parts, on 4 and 5 March 2007, it drew 13.5 million viewers.
The production was reported to have cost €9m and to have employed over 2,000 extras.
The film was controversial for portraying German war-time suffering during the Evacuation of East Prussia (although a number of German atrocities were also shown or mentioned), and led to adverse comment from a foreign-policy adviser to the Polish president of the time, fearful of potential German claims to lands or property in East Prussia lost during the War.
- 2007 Bambi award as "TV Event of the Year"
- 2007 Bavarian TV Award to Holly Fink (cinematographer)
- 2007 Romy award to Nico Hofmann (producer)
- 2007 Deutscher Fernsehpreis to Knut Loewe and Wiebke Kratz for Best Design
- 2007 Deutscher Fernsehpreis to Enjott Schneider for Best Music
- 2007 Deutscher Fernsehpreis to Gabriela Maria Schmeide as Best Supporting Actress
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