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On the Edge of Time - Male Domains in the Caucasus (Am Rande der Zeit - Maennerwelten im Kaukasus)

On the Edge of Time - Male Domains in the Caucasus
Scenes from "On the Edge of Time" (photo © Applaus Film)

A journey through everyday life in far off, tough male domains, which at the same time is an excursion into Caucasian history.

In Moscow the people of the Caucasus are often called "the Blacks" and are thought of as having a dark and mysterious soul. Nevertheless, it's the "soft center" of these "hard men" which gradually gains the upper hand in this film. Broken dreams, a lack of future prospects. And, of course, it's not just the men who have to assert themselves in this rough post-Soviet world.

Whether in the almost mediaeval village of Ushguli in Svaneti, on oil rigs in the Caspian Sea, in the Koran school of a village in the northern Caucasus or in a home for the blind on Georgia's Black Sea coast - everywhere we find traces of the bygone Soviet days.

On the Edge of Time takes us to a wonderfully wild landscape. A poetic journey to a far-off land of adventure.


Stefan Tolz was born in 1966. He studied from 1986-1993 at the Academy of Television & Film Munich (HFF/M) and at the Cinema Faculty of the Georgian State Theater Institute in Tbilisi and was a guest student at New York University and the Beijing Film Academy. From 1993-1999, he worked as a freelance writer, director and producer in Cologne for various television series. Since 1998, he has had teaching appointments in the fields of Documentary Film and Television Publicity in Germany and Austria. His other films include: Power Lies Elsewhere (Die Macht liegt woanders, 1989), Applause Appreciated (Wir bitten um freundlichen Applaus, 1990), Caucasian Banquet (Kaukasisches Gastmahl, 1991), Beijing Courtyard (Viereckhof Peking, 1993), Schwan\'s Way (Mein lieber Schwan, 1994), Golden Wedding (Goldhochzeit - 50 Jahre Ehe in Deutschland, 1995), Kinzig Valley (Kinzigtal - zwischen Bollenhut und Aids-Hospiz, 1996), Faroe Islands (Faeroeer, 1997), The Merzbach Kiosk (Merzbachs Buedchen, 1998), Bosporus (1999), and On the Edge of Time - Male Domains in the Caucasus (Am Rande der Zeit - Maennerwelten im Kaukasus, 2001).
Genre Adventure, Educational
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2001
Director Stefan Tolz
Cinematography Thomas Riedelsheimer, Holger Schueppel, Dieter Stürmer, Nugsar Nodzadze
Thomas Riedelsheimer, Cordula Kraemer
Sean Hara, Gija Kantcheli, Temur Babluani
Producer Stefan Tolz
Production Company Applaus Film Media/Munich, in co-production with WDR, SWR, MDR, in cooperation with ARTE
Length 90 min
Format Super 16
Dubbed Versions English, French, German
Original Version
 Russian/Georgian/Svanish/Arwar
Subtitled Versions English, German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Amsterdam 2001 (in competition), San Francisco 2002, Hot Docs Toronto 2002, Doc Lisboa 2002, Ecocinema Greece 2002, Docupolis Barcelona 2002, Taiwan 2002
Awards Golden Gate Award San Franciso 2002, Jury's Special Prize Ecocinema 2002

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