Walchensee Forever

In her documentary family saga WALCHENSEE FOREVER, director Janna Ji Wonders embarks on a voyage of discovery spanning four generations of women over a century. In order to uncover the secrets and her role in the generation chain, she 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 and again to Lake Walchensee.

Questions about identity, roots and self-fulfillment are asked through this search for life, love and death. A personal story about the eternal cycle of life.



Country of Production

Year of Production


110 min

Janna Ji Wonders

Flare Film in co-production with BR

Original Language
German, English


Festivals / Awards

Berlinale 2020 (Kompass-Perspektive Award)
Thessaloniki IDF 2020 (Golden Alexander Newcomers Award)
DOK.fest Munich @home 2020
Istanbul IFF 2020
Biografilm 2020 (Best Film Unipol Award)
Dokufest Prizren 2020
EIDF 2020
Der neue Heimatfilm Freistadt 2020 (Audience Award)
Fünf Seen FF 2020 (Audience Award)
DocAviv 2020
Musikfilmtage Oberaudorf 2020 (Opening Film)
Film Ohne Grenzen Festival Bad Saarow 2020
Festival du Cinéma allemand á Paris 2020 (Audience Award)
Riga IFF 2020
West Lake IDF 2020
Seminci Valladolid 2020
Braunschweig IFF 2020
Minsk IFF “Listapad” 2020
exground filmfest 2020 (Audience Award)
Festival of German Films in China 2020
Kasseler Dokfest 2020
PÖFF – Tallinn Black Nights IFF 2020
GZDOC 2020
Peleponnisos IDF 2021
Budapest IDF 2021
Tempo IDF 2021
Vilnius IFF 2021
Taiwan IDF 2021 (Audience Award)
Cascadia Women Inter FF 2021
Wisconsin Film Festival 2021
Flying Broom Int. Women's FF 2021
Kyiv IFF "Molodist" 2021
HER Docs FF Warsaw 2021
European Film Festival Bucharest 2021

// Winner of the Bavarian Film Award 2020 (Best Documentary)
// Best Editing Award (Documentary) for Anja Pohl at the German Camera Award
//EFA Documentary Film Selection 2020