With approx. 500,000 viewers, Fortune Cookie and its movie “Die Kirche bleibt im Dorf“ landed THE surpise hit in the cinema summer of 2012.
Ulrike Grote’s ingredient for the success of her big screen debut was „laughing in Swabian“ –not about Swabians but with them. And the viewer’s appreciated it. And that’s how it’s meant to be, because this movie is made by Swabians for Swabians. Almost all actors come from Swabia – Natalia Wörner, Karoline Eichhorn, Julia Nachtmann, Christian Pätzold, Elisabeth Schwartz, Stephan Schad, Hans Löw, and Dominik (Dodokay) Kuhn. The director herself spent her childhood in Baden-Wuerttemberg. And so much regional identity and patriotism pays off: the romantic dialect Western about two villages, one church, three sisters and 5 million dollars went down very well with it audiences – even beyond Swabian borders!