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Long Shadows (Schattenwelt)

Long Shadows
Scene from “Long Shadows” (photo © Olaf Aue)

After two decades in prison, Widmer, a former German RAF-terrorist, is released. He meets Valerie, his next door neighbor. The young woman tries to get her life back on track after she lost custody of her little son. She shows some interest in Widmer, the two of them seem to have something in common. They discreetly enter into the secrets of their lives. Until the truth comes between them.


Connie Walther studied Sociology and Spanish before switching over to Photography. After gathering experience as a lighting gaffer and production and directing assistant, she studied at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin and landed her first success with her graduation film Das erste Mal (1996), which was named Best Graduation Film from a German film academy in that year. Since then, she has demonstrated her talents with various genres and formats with films such as: Boersday Blues (short, 1992), Der Clown II (TV, 1997), Tic Tac Toe (TV documentary, 1998), Hauptsache Leben (1998), Offene Rechnung (TV, 1999), Never Mind the Wall (Wie Feuer und Flamme, 2001), Im falschen Leben (TV, 2001), Und Tschuess, ihr lieben (TV, 2002), Ei in Japan (documentary, 2005), Mord in aller Unschuld (TV, 2006), 12 Means: I Love You (TV, 2007), and Long Shadows (Schattenwelt, 2008).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Connie Walther
Screenplay Uli Herrmann
Cinematography Birgit Gudjonsdottir
Karen Loenneker
Rainer Oleak
Agi Dawaachu
Cast Ulrich Noethen, Franziska Petri, Uwe Kockisch, Tatja Seibt, Eva Mattes, Christoph Bach, Mehdi Nebbou
Producers Clementina Hegewisch, Michael Jungfleisch
Production Company Next Film, in co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE
Length 92 min
Format 16 mm
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Rome 2008 (Cinema 2008 Competition), Goa 2008, Rotterdam 2009, Warsaw 2009
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MFG Baden-Württemberg, German Federal Film Fund, BKM
German Distributor Salzgeber & Co. Medien

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