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Scene from SMOKE SIGNS (photo © Moana Film, Berlin 2006)

After an exhaustingly long trip, Jonathan Fischer arrives at the guest house of Annabella Silberstein and Isabella Goldberg to ask for a room. However, Isabella is away and Annabella is busy with her daily garden work. Jonathan has to wait a few hours and fill out an endless, and indiscrete, questionnaire before he will be accepted as a guest.

In the course of the next few days, he encounters his 14-year-old daughter Jade and falls in love with Annabella: it’s just like it should be in paradise, love at first sight. For her, he goes to work to improve the savaged estate with a few new constructions and builds a big pond. But the happenings of the world soon fall upon this idyllic existence. A god commits suicide and a princess is shot and killed. Looking for the murderer, the police ravage through the estate. But the landscape gardeners continue with their work on the pond as though nothing had happened. Isabella and Annabella decide to give the deceased a final resting place at the bottom of the pond. Later, when the pond is full of water, the full moon and cliffs reflect on the surface while Annabella and Jonathan celebrate their wedding on a boat.

Rudolf Thome was born in Wallau/Lahn in 1939 and studied German, Philosophy and History in Munich and Bonn. He began writing film reviews in 1962 for various newspapers and magazines. In 1964, he collaborated with Max Zihlmann and Klaus Lemke on his first short film, DIE VERSÖHNUNG. He then became managing director of the Munich Film Critics' Club in 1965 and founded his own production company, Moana-Film, in 1977. He received the 2nd place Guild Award in the category Best German Film for BERLIN CHAMISSOPLATZ in 1981, and the International Film Critics' Award in Montreal in 1989 for his film THE PHILOSOPHER. His film PARADISO (1999) won a Silver Bear at Berlin in 2000. His other films include: STELLA (1966), RED SUN (ROTE SONNE, 1969), SUPERGIRL (1971), MADE IN GERMANY AND USA (1974), LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT (LIEBE AUF DEN ERSTEN BLICK, 1991), DAS GEHEIMNIS (1995), JUST MARRIED (1998), VENUS TALKING (2001), RED AND BLUE (ROT UND BLAU, 2002), WOMAN DRIVING, MAN SLEEPING (FRAU FÄHRT, MAN SCHLÄFT, 2003), YOU TOLD ME YOU LOVE ME (DU HAST GESAGT, DASS DU MICH LIEBST, 2005), SMOKE SIGNS (RAUCHZEICHEN, 2006), THE VISIBLE AND THE INVISIBLE (DAS SICHTBARE UND DAS UNSICHTBARE, 2007), PINK (2008), and THE RED ROOM (DAS ROTE ZIMMER, 2010).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Rudolf Thome
Screenplay Rudolf Thome
Cinematography Ute Freund
Doerte Voelz-Mammarella
Katia Tchemberdji
Susanna Cardelli
Cast Joya Thome, Serpil Turhan, Adriana Altaras, Karl Kranzkowski, Hannelore Elsner, Nicolai Thome
Producer Rudolf Thome
Production Company Moana-Film/Berlin
Length 125 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Munich 2006, Molodist Kiev 2006
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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