Once a Year

Elke and Gregor meet and fall in love in East Germany in 1971. But she's from the West, and they're both married with children, separated by the Iron Curtain. Still, they manage to meet once a year in June, for almost 20 years?

A remarkable love story across the Iron Curtain: Visiting her relatives in East Germany in 1971, young mother and housewife Elke from the West falls in love with Gregor, a carpenter from Dessau. The obstacles to their love are huge: They're both married, both have two kids. Elke lives in Catholic, conservative, morally repressive Bavaria, Gregor is trapped in the Communist dictatorship of the East Bloc. The Iron Curtain keeps them from seeing each other regularly. Despite all the obstacles, or maybe because of them, Elke and Gregor's relationship proves exceptionally resilient. Once a year, for 48 hours, they manage to carve out a space for their love, often using all the wiles they can muster. For those two days a year, they are unconditionally together, in absolute honesty and openness, far removed from their everyday lives. When the Berlin Wall falls, suddenly their love is free too...