a film by Dagmar Brendecke


Germany | 2010 | 90:00 min

Cato Bontjes van Beek's childhood was paradise. She, her sister Mietje and their brother Tim were very close In the 1930s Cato moves to Berlin. Here she learns the truth about the war and the cruelties in the occupied countries. She is stunned and gets involved in the "Rote Kapelle", a resistance organisation. Together with her sister Mietje, she organizes help for prisoners of war. With her friend Heinz Strelow she types leaflets against the war. Cato did what she could. Highly risky perhaps however, in every respect courageous and resolute. She is imprisoned and sentenced to death. In 1943, at the age of 22 Cato is guillotined in Berlin-Ploetzensee, together with 15 other woman and men. This film discovers the short and yet very full life of a an extraordinary woman.
Cast and Crew
  • Director Dagmar Brendecke
  • Producer Armin Fausten
  • Screenwriter Walter Brun, Dagmar Brendecke
  • Director of Photography Armin Fausten, martin langner, Andreas Sander
  • Narrator x Inka Loewendorf, Thomas Holländer, Tilo Prückner, Fabian Goerres
  • Editor Bernd Euscher, Regina Bärtschi
  • Sound Moritz Kerst, Oliver Lumpe, Katharina Migdoll, Jürgen Kornatz
  • Score Carlos Bica
Original Languages



Production Company
Kick Film GmbH
Mannhardtstr. 6, 80538 München

Phone: +49 89 7471030

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