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Directed By
Produced By
Jakob Claussen
Written By
Thomas Bahmann
Marco Kreuzpaintner
Distributed By
X Verleih AG
Release Date
September 2, 2004
Rating R.gif

Summer Storm (German: Sommersturm) is a 2004 German coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner, produced by Jakob Claussen and edited by Hansjörg Weißbrich. The film is 98 minutes long. The budget for the film was €2.7 million ($3.5 million) and grossed $2,085,166 after its release on September 2, 2004.


Spoiler warning: The following contains plot details about
the entire movie.

The film follows a Bavarian rowing team as they train for a regatta. Tobi (Robert Stadlober) and teammate Achim (Kostja Ullmann) are best friends and spend their time training for the regatta, with and without their teammates. They are dating Anke (Alicja Bachleda-Curuś) and Sandra (Miriam Morgenstern) respectively, who are part of a women's rowing team. They and their teammates Georg (Tristano Casanova) and Ferdi (Joseph M'Barek) are excited about camping close to a women's rowing team from Berlin. They, however, are replaced by the "Queerschlag" ("Queerstrokes") team, a gay young rowing team. The occasional tension between the two teams results in Tobi realizing the full extent of his feelings for Achim, which results in Tobi ending his relationship with Ankee after coming out to her.

After Achim spurns his advances, a devastated Tobi is consoled by "Queerschlag" team member Leo (Marlon Kittel). Shortly afterwards, the two teams are forced to move into an unused hotel due to the poor weather. Georg, however, runs away into a forest after being kissed by Malte (Hanno Koffler) and the two teams find him but only after Tobi injures Leo. Ultimately, Tobi comes out to the rest of his teammates who accept him. The final regatta sees Georg being forced to join the "Queerschlag" team to replace Leo with Anke joining Tobi's team.

All spoilers have been stated and have ended here.



  • Munich Film Festival (2004): Audience Award (Marco Kreuzpaintner)
  • Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (2005): Audience Award (Feature, Marco Kreuzpaintner)
  • New Faces Awards (2005): New Faces Award - Director (Marco Kreuzpaintner)
  • Undine Awards (Austria, 2005): Best Young Actor - Film (Robert Stadlober) and
  • Undine Award (Austria, 2005): Best Young Actor - Film (Kostja Ullmann)
  • Undine Award (Austria, 2005): Best Young Supporting Actor - Film (Marlon Kittel)
  • Undine Award (Austria, 2005): Best Debut, Female - Film (Miriam Morgenstern)
  • GLAAD Media Awards (2007): Outstanding Film - Limited Release

Age certificates

  • Australia: M
  • Germany: 12
  • New Zealand: R16
  • Norway: 11
  • Singapore: R21 (cut)
  • Switzerland: 14 (canton of Zurich)
  • United Kingdom: 15
  • United States of America: R

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