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RÜCKKEHR NACH MONTAUK (RETURN TO MONTAUK)

RÜCKKEHR NACH MONTAUK
© Franziska Strauss

Max Zorn arrives in New York to promote his last novel. The woman he lives with in Berlin has been in town a few months already. Her name is Clara and she is younger than him. Upon his arrival, Max has the feeling that she must be having an affair with the editor.

He reads from his novel, dealing with his love for a German expat in New York 17 years ago, an affair he never really got over. Rebecca is in town, a very successful lawyer by now, and Max tries to get in touch with her. His young publicist, Lindsay, helps him to find her. Rebecca invites him to come along on Saturday, for a day tour she has to make, to look at a house in Montauk.

It is winter in Montauk, at the far end of Long Island. There are two deck chairs on the windswept beach. The chairs are waiting for two people who have, for a long time, been lost to each other. Almost 20 years ago, they had a fling, which did not end well. Now they have come back to Montauk, filled with regret and hope. The bodies remember, but they do not know if it is possible to reverse time, to get the old intensity back again. In Montauk they find out.


Max Zorn arrives in New York to promote his last novel. The younger woman he lives with in Berlin, Clara, has been in town a few months already. Upon his arrival, Max has the feeling that she must be having an affair with the editor.

He reads from his novel, which deals with his love for a German expat in New York 17 years ago, an affair he never really got over. Rebecca, a very successful lawyer by now, is in town and Max tries to get in touch with her. His young publicist helps him to find her. Rebecca invites him to come along for a trip she has to make, to look at a house in Montauk.

It is winter in Montauk, at the far end of Long Island. There are two deck chairs on the windswept beach. The chairs are waiting for two people who have, for a long time, been lost to each other. Now they have come back to Montauk, filled with regret and hope. The bodies remember, but they do not know if it is possible to reverse time, to get the old intensity back again. In Montauk they find out.



Max Zorn arrives in New York to promote his last novel. The younger woman he lives with in Berlin, Clara, has been in town a few months already. Max has the feeling that she has an affair with the editor.

In his novel Max tells a love story, fiction or truth? It happened in New York 17 years ago and Rebecca, now a very successful lawyer, might have been the inspiration. Max tries to get in touch with her. His young publicist helps him to find her. Rebecca invites him to come along for a trip she has to make.

It is winter in Montauk, at the far end of Long Island. There are two deck chairs on the windswept beach. The chairs are waiting for two people who have, for a long time, been lost to each other. Now they have come back to Montauk, filled with regret and hope. The bodies remember, but they do not know if it is possible to reverse time. In Montauk they find out.


Volker Schlöndorff has been active for more than 50 years. A selection of his award-winning films includes: YOUNG TÖRLESS (1965), BAAL (1970), THE SUDDEN WEALTH OF THE POOR PEOPLE OF KOMBACH (1971), THE LOST HONOR OF KATHARINA BLUM (1975, co-directed with Margarethe von Trotta), FANGSCHUSS (1976), GERMANY IN AUTUMN (1976, together with Stefan Aust, Alexander Kluge, et al), THE TIN DRUM (1979), CIRCLE OF DECEIT (1981), SWANN IN LOVE (1983), DEATH OF A SALESMAN (1985), A GATHERING OF OLD MEN (1987), THE HANDMAID'S TALE (1990), VOYAGER (1990), THE OGRE (1996), PALMETTO (1998), THE LEGENDS OF RITA (1999), EIN PRODUZENT HAT SEELE ODER ER HAT KEINE (2001), TEN MINUTES OLDER: THE CELLO (2002), THE NINTH DAY (2004), STRIKE (2006), ULZHAN (2007), DAS MEER AM MORGEN (2011), DIPLOMATIE (2014), and RETURN TO MONTAUK (2017).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2017
Director Volker Schlöndorff
Screenplay Colm Tóibín, Volker Schlöndorff
Cinematography Jérôme Alméras
Cast Stellan Skarsgård, Nina Hoss, Susanne Wolff, Niels Arestrup, Isi Laborde, Bronagh Gallagher, Mathias Sanders, Malcolm Adams
Producers Regina Ziegler, Volker Schlöndorff, Francis Boespflug, Stéphane Parthenay, Sidonie Dumas, Conor Barry
Co-Producers Til Schweiger, Tom Zickler, Marc Gabizon, Christoph Liedke, Rainer Kölmel, John Keville, Mike Downey, Sam Taylor
Production Companies Ziegler Film, Volksfilm/Potsdam, in co-production with Barefoot Films, Senator Film Produktion, Pyramide Productions/Paris, Savage Productions, Film & Music Entertainment, Starhaus Filmproduktion/Munich, ARTE France Cinéma/Paris, WDR, Bayerischer Rundfunk
Length 105 min
Original Version
 English, German
Festivals Berlinale 2017 (In Competition), Istanbul 2017, Ankara 2017, La Rochelle 2017, Camerimage 2017
With backing from German Federal Film Fund, German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Irish Film Board, CNC

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