Guter Hoffnung

We Deliver

TV-series in development

SYNOPSIS

Vienna 1978.
Two rebellious midwives.
A rigid system.
Let the games begin!

A young, bluff German midwife and a seemingly well-behaved Austrian midwife collide in a small Viennese community hospital, where they ultimately team up to revolutionize obstetrics against all odds.

Maike is not a midwife, she is an obsessed midwife. Obsessed with the idea that her profession is not a job, but her vocation. At the Dr. Carl Braun Hospital in Vienna, of all places, she wants to save the world. Non-violent obstetrics: by force if necessary.

Although the women's movement had achieved a great deal by 1978 – the introduction of the "Fristenlösung", a new divorce law and the first female "Tatort" crime scene investigator on TV – antiquated values and gender images prevail in the Viennese hospital. The hospital is conservative, but at least her colleague Hannah is open-minded. The two are fundamentally different: The "freshly caught" Maike, equipped with proper German ambition, wants to have her way, no matter what. The path of the experienced Hannah is one of diplomacy and conflict avoidance. She prefers to divert attention away from herself and has become a master at operating secretly behind the scenes. The German-Austrian culture clash brings up its own conflicts, which neither Maike nor Hannah find particularly amusing. They will have to work together if they want to stand up to the authorities in the hospital and the medical establishment.

They don't have to look too far for a counterforce. Their chief physician, Dr. Gerulf Weißenböck, sees himself as the autocratic god-king of the maternity ward, and head midwife Thea Heidemann is his loyal adjutant. While Weißenböck is an excellent surgeon, his female patients are the weak sex for him, dependent on being saved by him. The other doctors play along willy-nilly. The working methods of Thea and her subordinates Helene and Maria are still soaked in Nazi thinking: Women giving birth are enemies that have to be processed and subdued. No wonder that Anita, the youngest midwife in the team, is just waiting to get away.

Many obstacles open up before Maike and Hannah and they also clash several times: Maike is as impetuous as Hannah is hesitant. With her uncontrollable repartee the young German regularly gets herself into conflicts and repeatedly puts her job on the line. Hannah, on the other hand, shies away from confrontation and loses confidence when the goings get tough. But together they don't let it bring them down and they act with subversive vigor and, last but not least, with blarney and wit.

CREW

WRITTEN BY
Karin Berghammer, Mika Kallwass & Petra Ladinigg

PRODUCTION

Karin Berghammer | berg hammer film

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Barbara Pichler & Gabriele Kranzelbinder | KGP

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Christine Kiauk | COIN FILM

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