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Epstein's Night (Epsteins Nacht)

Epstein's Night
Otto Tausig, Mario Adorf, Bruno Ganz (photo © Bavaria Film International)

After 15 years in jail for murder, Jochen Epstein is finally going to be released. He is determined to emigrate from Germany and leave his past behind forever. But the places he once knew so well, suppressed memories, and a girlfriend he has never forgotten, begin to tear down the wall the old man has built up around himself.

All his troubles began on his last night of freedom. During a more or less accidental visit to a Christian church service, Epstein recognizes Giesser, who tortured him in concentration camp. Together with the brothers Adam and Karl Rose, with whom he had been in camp together, he confronts Giesser the following morning. The frontlines seem clear, but Giesser suddenly turns the tables on them and confronts Epstein with his own past. Giesser knows how Epstein protected Adam Rose in camp. He knows what price Epstein was willing to pay for the life of his friend. Guilt and forgiveness, friendship and treason, love and hatred conspire and the situation between the four men escalates…

Epstein’s Night is a deeply moving drama about the basic values of human existence: lifelong friendship, all-consuming love, and the agony of forgiveness.

Urs Egger was born in 1953 in Bern/Switzerland. He has worked extensively in Los Angeles, where, after his studies, he was named a Director Fellow at the American Film Institute and worked as a film correspondent for various publications. After serving as a director’s assistant to such names as John Frankenheimer, Denis Lewiston, John Glen, Nicolas Gessner and Yves Boisset – he received numerous awards (Golden Nymph for the Best Mini-Series, Silver Nymph for Best Direction at Monte Carlo in 1999, Gold Plaque Award at Chicago in 1999, Golden Gong for Best Direction, the Cinema-Jupiter and the Austrian Golden Screen for Best TV movie in 1998) for Opernball (TV, 1998), the film adaptation of Josef Haslinger’s best-selling novel. His other films include: Go West, Young Man (short, 1980), Motten im Licht (1986), Bilder vom Maler (documentary, 1987), the Tatort-episode Howalds Fall (TV, 1989), Child on the Open Road (Kinder der Landstrasse, 1992), Der Tourist (TV, 1995), Die Halbstarken (TV, 1996) and Epstein's Night (Epsteins Nacht, 2002).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2002
Director Urs Egger
Screenplay Jens Urban
Cinematography Lukas Strebel
Hans Funck
Christoph Garcian-Schubert
Peter Manhardt
Cast Annie Girardot, Nina Hoss, Günter Lamprecht, Otto Tausig, Bruno Ganz, Mario Adorf
Producer Andreas Bareiss
Production Company MTM Medien & Television/Munich, in co-production with Constantin Film Produktion, Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion/Zurich
Length 85 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Solothurn Film Festival 2002, Jewish Film Festivals New York/London/Toronto/St. Louis/Sao Paulo 2003, Goteborg 2003, Jerusalem 2003
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

World Sales
Bavaria Media International