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Wasser und Seife (Soap and Water)

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS Best documentary, Nordic Film Prize 2009 / Germany Best film, Int. Feminafilmfest 2009 / Czech Republic Best director, Riverrun Int. Filmfestival 2010 / USA Deutsche Film- und Medienbewertung: Prädikat besonders wertvoll LOGLINE Three women are slaving away in a laundry in Hamburg. Their wages are low but they cope with their everyday lives with dignity − and find a quantum of happiness from time to time. SYNOPSIS In the laundry the machines are already steaming and hissing when the workers in the smoke-filled break room stub out their early-morning cigarettes. It is 7.00 a.m., and time to start work. Resolute Tatjana is still tired as she feeds the wet serviettes through the groaning mangle while quiet Gerti struggles with the brassieres which have got tangled in the laundry net. Above them thuds and vibrations can be heard: the laundry roof is being renewed. In the background the huge driers rumble away and in the cellar the ancient water pipes are being ripped noisily out. A valve gets blocked – and there is …