Tor zum Himmel

Tor zum Himmel

Deutschland 2003, Spielfilm

Inhalt

Gate to Heaven

Millions of people pass through the Frankfurt Airport on their way from one city to another; for Alexej and Nisha, however, the airport is a city in itself - their own. With the help of airport technician Dak, Alexej breaks out of the holding area for refugees. Dak puts up the Russian, who yearns to become a pilot, in an underground labyrinth of pipes and vents. The young Indian woman Nisha pictures herself as a flight attendant, but the only time she ever boards a plane is to clean it… The two meet one night inside an empty jet as they are both acting out their dreams. Enraptured, the passionate Alexej offers her his love - and wins her heart. When Alexej finds out that Nisha′s dream is fueled by the desire to bring her little son to Germany, he hands Dak his own savings, along with Nisha′s, to have the boy smuggled out of India. Their plan runs smoothly until the plane lands in Frankfurt and the boy, mistaken for another child, is put in detention. Alexej promises Nisha to rescue her son - and to do so, he makes his own dream of flying come true…

Shot in English and based on a script by Gordan Mihic ("Black Cat, White Cat"), award-winning director Veit Helmer ("Tuvalu") has created a tender and uplifting tale of love and longing with a mesmerizing cast of actors from ten countries. As Nisha, celebrated young Indian superstar Masumi Makhija brings a vibrant warmth to her role.

Source: German films Service & Marketing GmbH

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Credits

All Credits

Director:Veit Helmer
Assistant director:Birgit Jantsch
Screenplay:Gordan Mihic, Veit Helmer
Director of photography:Joachim Jung
Assistant camera:Jens Wenzel, Boris Zoulek
Set design:Alexander Manasse
Make-up artist:Paula Kern
Costume design:Tatjana Brecht-Bergen
Editing:Silke Botsch, Hansjörg Weißbrich
Sound design:Martin Frühmorgen, Immo Trümpelmann
Sound:Michael Bartylak
Sound assistant:Jennifer Siedler
Foley artist:Peter Roigk
Audio mixing:Robert Jäger
Casting:Heidi Levitt, Carrie Hilton, Natalie Bialobos, Dilip Shankar, Vladimir Zelezniakov, Silke Koch, Suse Marquardt
Music:Johannes Koeniger, Lars Löhn
  
Cast: 
Valera NikolaevAlexej
Masumi MakhijaNisha
Miki ManojlovićDak
Sotigui KouyatéTogo
Udo KierJoachim Nowak
Hanns ZischlerPolizist
Anthony OkungbowaAmadou
Michael ChinyamurindiVolinka
Burt KwoukMuki
Veronika Nowag-JonesBasala
Adriana AltarasDenise
Stephan KaliphaSchlepper
Aman BhushanAsis
Stefan KurtRechtsanwalt
Dagmar BerghoffNachrichtensprecherin
Holger Kraft
  
Production company:Veit Helmer Filmproduktion (Berlin)
in co-production with:Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF) (Mainz)
in association with:Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden)
Producer:Veit Helmer
Co-Producer:Michael Weber
Producer (TV):Daniel Blum, Andreas Schreitmüller, Anne Even
Executive producer:Ulf Israel
Unit production manager:Günther Stocklöv
Shoot:: Rhein-Main-Airport (Frankfurt am Main)
Original distributor:Prokino Filmverleih GmbH (München)
Funding:Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (Potsdam), Hessische Filmförderung (Frankfurt am Main), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin)
Length:2519 m, 92 min
Format:35mm, 1:2,35
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SRD
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 13.10.2003, 95562, ab 6 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 25.10.2003, Hof, Internationale Filmtage;
Kinostart (DE): 18.12.2003;
TV-Erstsendung: 17.02.2006, Arte

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Tor zum Himmel
Weiterer Titel (DE) Gate to Heaven

Versions

Original

Length:2519 m, 92 min
Format:35mm, 1:2,35
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SRD
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 13.10.2003, 95562, ab 6 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 25.10.2003, Hof, Internationale Filmtage;
Kinostart (DE): 18.12.2003;
TV-Erstsendung: 17.02.2006, Arte