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Paths In The Night (Wege in die Nacht)

Paths In The Night

55-year-old Walter is unemployed. Once vested with a certain power and function, he is now less and less able to see any meaning to his existence or to adapt to the present. His last support is the belief in a better world: he wants to stand up for "good", if necessary, by violent means. And so he roves at night with two youths in the conviction that he is needed by society to maintain law and order. But society doesn't need him. As this knowledge matures within him, so he becomes an increasing danger to himself and his surroundings. His wife, the only person who loves him, will betray him in order to save herself. However, he is now past helping. Paths In The Night: A big-city film which tells in an equally powerful and poetic manner of a forlorn love and a psyche running amuck.

Year of Production 1999
Director Andreas Kleinert
Screenplay Johann Bergk
Cinematography Jürgen Jürges
Gisela Zick
Andreas Hoge, Steven Garling
Cast Hilmar Thate, Henriette Heinze, Cornelia Schmaus, Dirk Borchardt, Ingeborg Westphal, Daniela Hoffmann
Producers Katrin Schlösser, Frank Loeprich
Production Company öFilm/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF, Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures
Length 98 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Cannes 1999 (Quinzaine opening film), Cine Independiente Buenos Aires 2005
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Kulturelle Filmfoerderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
German Distributor Basis-Film Verleih/Berlin

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