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Outside Time (Neben der Zeit)

Outside Time

A small town in East Germany after reunification. Everything is changing, the railway station, including the bar, is being closed down, and someday soon the trains won't stop any more. The place and the inhabitants have been left "outside time". Former allies, the Russian soldiers, have left. One of them, Sergei, wants to stay in Germany and hides himself in an abandoned barracks. On one of these nightly forays he meets Sophie, the young station superintendent. Initial shyness grows into love which, however, threatens to destroy the harmony of Sophie's little family. Her mother and older brother Georg feel disturbed by Sergei, although both of them in their own way feel strongly attracted to and develop a relationship with the quiet stranger. Juvenile jealousy and the fear of change drive Georg to kill the intruder, hoping to save the happiness of the familiy. But the opposite happens. Sophie leaves the unhappy place, mother and brother staying behind "outside time".


Andreas Kleinert was born in 1962 in Berlin. He worked as a props assistant and intern at the DEFA feature film studios and was an assistant director to filmmakers like Rainer Simon and Hermann Zschoche. He studied Directing at the \"Konrad Wolf\" University of Film & Television in Babelsberg from 1984-1989 and graduated with Farewell, Joseph (Lebewohl, Joseph, 1989), which was nominated for a Student Oscar. A selection of his other award-winning films includes: Lost Landscape (Verlorene Landschaft, 1992), Outside Time (Neben der Zeit, 1995), In the Name of Innocence (Im Namen der Unschuld, 1997), Paths in the Night (Wege in die Nacht, 1999), Ich moechte Zeugnis ablegen bis zum Letzten (TV, 1999), Kelly Bastian - Geschichte einer Hoffnung (TV, 2001), Coming Home (Mein Vater, TV, 2003), Stranger (Der Fremde kam, TV, 2005), Hurenkinder (TV, 2006), Head Under Water (Freischwimmer (2007), Haus und Kind (2008), and Boundaries (Barriere, 2010).
Category Documentary
Director Andreas Kleinert
Screenplay Andreas Kleinert
Cinematography Sebastian Richter
Ines Bluhm
Andreas Hoge
Cast Julia Jaeger, Rosel Zech, Sylvester Groth, Michael Poretschenko
Producers Katrin Schlösser, Frank Loeprich
Production Companies WDR, ORB/Potsdam, öFilm/Berlin, SR, Euskal Media/San Sebastian
Length 107 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Optical
Festivals Cine Independiente Buenos Aires 2005

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