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Caucasian Night, The (kaukasische Nacht, Die)

Caucasian Night, The

The Caucasian Night takes place in summer 1990. The Iron Curtain has fallen. It is like a goldrush feeling in the East, especially among the Western business-men. This also applies to Alexander Hofschneider, a manager in porcelain ware, who has come, along with his wife and son Stefan, to reorganise the production of the "Red Earth" factory along Western lines. The brash approach fails from the outset. Instead of being put up in the familiar environment of the Western hotels, the family end up in a real housing district. With the real conflicts of a desolate society that has lost direction. Stefan Hofschneider soon makes friends and has his most significant adolescent experiences in the very night when his father finds the solution that will allow him to make the victorious flight home - sanitary pottery. The Caucasian Night is a parable about adolescence and the ability to cope with life: setting out to gather new experiences under the aggravated conditions of a country awaiting to be discovered.


Gordian Maugg was born in 1966 in Heidelberg and studied Visual Communication (Feature & Documentary Film) in Kassel from 1987-1993. He founded his own production company in 1994 and won several prizes for his feature debut The Olympic Summer (Der Olympische Sommer, 1993), inclduing the German Film Award in Silver, 1993, the Jury's Grand Prix and CICAE Prize at the 1993 European First Film Festival in Angers as well as Best Full-Length Film and Jury Grand Prix at Kiev. His other films include: Gregor oder die zwei Seelen in der Brust des Zwillings unter besonderer Beruecksichtigung des Aszendenten Loewe (short, 1990), The Caucasian Night (Die kaukasische Nacht, 1996), Hans Warns – My 20th Century (Hans Warns – Mein 20. Jahrhundert, 2000), Ingredients for Dreams (Zutaten fuer Traeume, 2001), and Zeppelin! (2005).
Category Feature
Year of Production 1996
Director Gordian Maugg
Screenplay Gordian Maugg, Tobias Kurzweg
Cinematography Andreas Giesecke
Monika Schindler
Heidi Aydt
Cast Winfried Glatzeder, Verena Plangger, Elgudscha Burduli, Robert Schielicke, Walera Kanischtscheff
Production Companies DaZu Film, Frankfurt, Gordian Maugg Filmproduktion/Heidelberg & Berlin
Length 100 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German/Russian
Sound Technology Mono
Sound Technology Mono, Optical
Festivals Berlin 1995 (Forum)
With backing from Filmbuero NW, Kulturministerium BW, Baden-Wuerttemberg, BMI, Hessische Filmfoerderung

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