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BRIGHT NIGHTS (HELLE NÄCHTE)

BRIGHT NIGHTS
© Marco Krüger/Schramm Film

Berlin-based engineer Michael must travel to Norway for his father's funeral. When his sister is unwilling to travel, Michael decides to take along his 14-year-old son Luis, with whom he has always had minimal contact. Michael hopes to bond with Luis while exploring the remote region of northern Norway for a few days. But their first trip together is much more difficult than expected. Daily interaction is unfamiliar territory to both, and Luis obviously holds a grudge because of his father's negligence. But during these longest days of summer, Michael is determined to break a bittersweet father-son pattern.


Thomas Arslan was born in 1962 in Braunschweig and spent four years during his schooling in Ankara/Turkey. He studied Germanics and History in Munich and Film at the German Film & Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin. He has been working as a writer and filmmaker since 1992. His films include MACH DIE MUSIK LEISER (1994), the trilogy, GESCHWISTER (1996), DEALER (1998) and A FINE DAY (DER SCHÖNE TAG, 2000), IM SCHATTEN (2009), GOLD (2013), and BRIGHT NIGHTS (HELLE NÄCHTE, 2017).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2017
Director Thomas Arslan
Screenplay Thomas Arslan, Andrea Hanke
Cinematography Reinhold Vorschneider
Cast Georg Friedrich, Tristan Göbel, Marie Leuenberger, Hanna Karlberg
Producers Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber
Co-Producers Maria Ekerhovd, Svein Andersen, Kjetil Jensberg, Andrea Hanke
Production Company Schramm Film Koerner & Weber/Berlin, in co-production with MER Film, FilmCamp, WDR
Length 86 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby 5.1
Festivals Berlinale 2017 (In Competition), Hong Kong 2017, Jeonju 2017, BAFICI 2017, Shanghai 2017, Viennale 2017, Sao Paulo 2017, Sevilla 2017, Golden Horse Taipei 2017
Awards Silver Bear Best Actor (Georg Friedrich) Berlinale 2017
With backing from German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, BKM, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmfond Nord, NFI
German Distributor Piffl Medien/Berlin

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