The citizens of Upper and Lower Rieslingen have been feuding since the Middle Ages and, in the meantime, they have pretty much forgotten why. Unfortunately, in one of the villages they are forced to share a cemetery, while they must share their church in the other. Klara Häberle and Peter Rossbauer, who are madly in love, suffer this most in this situation. If she weren’t an Upper Riesling “tart” and he weren’t a pig farmer from Lower Rieslingen, they would have married long ago. The tense situation in the Swabian backwoods escalates when a foreign investor decides to buy the church and the citizens of Upper Rieslingen plan on pocketing the proceeds for themselves. Now these two lovers face the same fate already suffered by Romeo and Julia.
“Die Kirche bleibt im Dorf” was an unexpected hit at film theatres in the Summer of 2012 and will now be aired as a Free TV Premiere by public broadcaster ARD as part of their “film Wednesday”.
Airing date: ARD, Wednesday, 28.1. 2015, 8:15 pm
Re-run: ARD, Thursday, 29.1. 2015, 0:20 am