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FLICKERING ROADS (ASPHALTFLIMMERN)

FLICKERING ROADS

FLICKERING ROADS tells the story of three young people in Germany who have one thing in common: they are homeless, each in their own way. Eleven-year old Gena from Rumania, whose parents have been deported, meets up with the teenager Micka as they both try to steal the same car. They have an argument about whose car this really is. They are surprised in the process by the police and have to escape together. Micka, a sensitive hooligan, accompanies Gena as he looks for his brother who is somewhere in East Germany. At a motorway services area they meet the young waitress and petty thief Phillipa who loses her job and flat when the two boys try to cheat her. They travel as a threesome through Germany, without any money and a succession of stolen cars, looking for Gena's brother whom they will never find. The common odyssey leads them, in the end, to the unspoken realisation they have found something akin to a home within each other. They continue their journey into the unknown.


Johannes Hebendanz was born in Muenster in 1960 and trained as a photographer in Berlin from 1980-1982. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg from 1986-1990 and has since worked as a director, author and assistant director for advertising and television productions. His films include: Der Ausflug (short, 1990), Flickering Roads (Asphaltflimmern, 1994), and Mein Freund, der Bulle (TV, 1999).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1994
Director Johannes Hebendanz
Screenplay Johannes Hebendanz
Cinematography Peter Joachim Krause
Johannes Hebendanz
Wolfgang von Henko
Cast Fati Senguel, Thorsten Schaetz, Oda Pretschner
Producer Bruno Knoche
Production Company Bruno Knoche Film/Hamburg
Length 81 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German, Russian
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Mono
Sound Technology Mono, Optical
Festivals Berlin 1995
Awards Adolf Grimme Award 1995

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