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PROMISING THE MOON (BLAUE VOM HIMMEL, DAS)

PROMISING THE MOON
Scene from PROMISING THE MOON (photo © Jürgen Olczyk/die film GmbH)

Marga has never shown many feelings towards her daughter Sofia. Now, however, she reveals fears, wounds and a deep longing for her long-dead husband Juris. She loses herself more and more in her forgetfulness and suddenly craves tenderness like a child. An unaccustomed situation for Sofia, who, after years of almost no contact with her mother, unexpectedly finds herself having to take care of her. A difficult situation, too: Marga can sometimes be brusque and sometimes funny; she lives now in the moment, now far away. As though yearning to be free of her memories, Marga begins relating stories of things that happened many years ago. Things that Sofia has never heard of. Prompted by a faint suspicion that the secrets of Marga’s past are important to understanding her own past, Sofia sets off for Riga with her mother at the spur of the moment. This is where Marga grew up and where she married Juris. But the more Sofia learns about her mother, the less certain she becomes about her own identity. As the past becomes clearer, it also emerges that what Marga had told her about their past together was nothing more than a story carved out of thin air…


Hans Steinbichler was born in 1969 in Solothurn/Switzerland. He studied Law in Passau and Film at the University of Television & Film in Munich. His films include: ABSTIEG (short, 1996), MONO (short, 1998), VERSPIEGELTE ZEIT - ERINNERUNGEN VON ANGELIKA SCHROBSDORFF (documentary, 1999), DIE GERMANIKER - RÖMISCH-DEUTSCHE KARRIEREN (documentary, 2000), HIERANKL (2003), DER MORALIST - VITTORIO HOESLE ENTDECKT AMERIKA (documentary, 2003), INSELN IM CHIEMSEE (documentary, 2003), WINTER JOURNEY (WINTERREISE, 2005), AUTISTIC DISCO (2007), MY MOTHER, MY BRIDE AND I (DIE ZWEITE FRAU, 2007), and PROMISING THE MOON (DAS BLAUE VOM HIMMEL, 2011).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2011
Director Hans Steinbichler
Screenplay Robert Thayenthal, Josephin Thayenthal
Cinematography Bella Halben
Cast Juliane Köhler, Hannelore Elsner, Karoline Herfurth, David Kross, Niklas Kohrt, Matthias Brandt, Rüdiger Vogler
Producer Uli Aselmann
Co-Producers Ewa Karlström, Andreas Ulmke-Smeaton
Production Company die film gmbh/Munich, in co-production with SamFilm
Length 100 min
Format 35 mm, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 German, Latvian
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Göteborg 2012, Miami 2012, Sao Paulo 2012
Awards Bavarian Film Prize 2010 (Best Producer)
With backing from German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board, BKM, Wirtschaftliche Filmförderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

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