Lichter

Lichter

Deutschland 2002/2003, Spielfilm

Inhalt

Distant Lights

To some it′s the end of the world. To others, the gateway to a new life: the river Oder between Poland and Germany. Vibrant with expectancy, it′s a magnet for people from all walks of life on their journey towards happiness, security, and a better life. It′s a place where Ukrainian refugees beg and bargain for entry to the "golden West" and pin all their hopes on Polish help… A place where a hapless businessman loses everything he owns but gains something more important… Where a teen-aged cigarette smuggler defies his father and brother to free the girl he loves from a detention center… Where an interpreter risks her career and her freedom to help an illegal refugee… And where an architect meets his former girlfriend and discovers that they′ve both changed too much to find common ground for a new start.

At this crossroads between two worlds, where the law of the land is that of self-preservation, men and women struggle to maintain their dignity and their values as they are stripped to the raw core of their existence. Yet even in this often hostile climate, love and compassion blossom in the most unexpected ways. And although some hopes and dreams are doomed, others come to pass with the quiet joy of a small and humble miracle.

With tender realism and humanity, "Distant Lights" captures the lives of people seeking their footing in a world of moral ambiguity.

Source: German Films Service & Marketing GmbH

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Credits

All Credits

Director:Hans-Christian Schmid
Assistant director:Torsten Künstler, Kamil Majchrzak
Screenplay:Hans-Christian Schmid, Michael Gutmann
Director of photography:Bogumil Godfrejow
Assistant camera:Christian Nils Dlusztus
Production design:Christian Martin Goldbeck
Set design:Andrej Liousikov
Prop master:David Hoffmann, Claudia Grundhöfer
Make-up artist:Tatjana Krauskopf, Verena Weißert (Assistenz)
Costume design:Ulrike Scharfschwerdt
Editing:Bernd Schlegel, Hansjörg Weißbrich
Sound:Marc Parisotto, Stephan Michalik
Research:Kamil Majchrzak
Music:The Notwist
  
Cast: 
August DiehlPhilip
Herbert KnaupKlaus
Julia KrynkeBeata
Henry HübchenWilke
Maria SimonSonja
Janek RiekeChristoph
Zbigniew ZamachowskiAntoni
Aleksandra JustaMilena
Marysia ZamachowskiMaria
Devid StriesowIngo
Claudia GeislerSimone
Sebastian UrzendowskyAndreas
Alice DwyerKatharina
Martin KieferMarko
Tom JahnMaik
Ivan ShvedoffKolja
Sergej FrolovDimitri
Anna JanowskajaAnna
Anna FischerMädchen
Kamil MajchrzakStudent im Treppenhaus
  
Production company:Claussen + Wöbke Filmproduktion GmbH (München-Geiselgasteig)
in co-production with:Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) (Mainz)
in association with:Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden)
Producer:Jakob Claussen, Thomas Wöbke
Producer (TV):Daniel Blum, Georg Steinert
Line producer:Uli Putz
Unit production manager:Anja C. Klement
Location manager:Hendrik Lam
Shoot:13.09.2002-24.10.2002: Frankfurt/Oder, Slubice und Umgebung, Berlin
Original distributor:Prokino Filmverleih GmbH (München)
Funding:Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (Potsdam), FilmFernsehFonds Bayern GmbH (FFFB) (München), Film- und Medien Stiftung NRW (Düsseldorf), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Beauftragte/r der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien -Filmförderung- (Berlin)
Length:2880 m, 105 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SRD
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 17.02.2003, 93098, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 11.02.2003, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 31.07.2003;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 14.03.2005, Arte

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Lichter

Versions

Original

Length:2880 m, 105 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SRD
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 17.02.2003, 93098, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 11.02.2003, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 31.07.2003;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 14.03.2005, Arte
 

Awards

Deutscher Filmpreis 2003
Lola in Silber, Bester Spielfilm