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To the Horizon and Beyond (Bis zum Horizont und weiter)

To the Horizon and Beyond
Scene from "To the Horizon and Beyond"

Faraway from the hectic metropolis is a little, abandoned village which was set to make way for the brown coal mine. But open-cast mining no longer makes financial sense. A giant excavated desert is what is left behind. Henning Stahnke is at home in this bizarre landscape. The love of his life Katja has just been sentenced in Berlin to three years in prison. In absolute desperation, Henning kidnaps the responsible woman judge Beate Nelken to secure Katja's release. He transports the hostage in an old car to his native village where his old crone of a mother is the only one still living there. Beate learns how to summon up some understanding there for his fate: in fact, her own fate is connected inseparably with that of the separated lovers. Without Henning knowing it, Katja manages to escape with the help of her eccentric cell-mate "Countess" Thilde. She hitchhikes her way to Henning's village, but the police are close on the heels of the kidnapper and the escaped convict. A race against time begins...


Peter Kahane was born in 1949 in Prague. After studying Languages, he worked as an assistant director for the DEFA and studied Directing at the Academy of Film & Television (HFF) in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Also active as a screenwriter, his films include: Ete und Ali (1980), Weiberwirtschaft (1983), Die Architekten (1990), Cosimas Lexikon (1992), and Red Zora (Die Rote Zora, 2007).
Category Feature
Director Peter Kahane
Screenplay Oliver Bukowski
Cinematography Gero Steffen
Birgit Bahr
Tamás Kahane
Cast Wolfgang Stumph, Corinna Harfouch, Nina Petri, Gudrun Okras, Heinrich Schafmeister
Production Company Polyphon Film- und Fernsehgesellschaft/Hamburg, in co-production with MDR
Length 93 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions VHS, Beta SP: English, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Berlin 1999, Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 1999, Karlovy Vary 1999, Cairo 1999
With backing from German Federal Film Board
German Distributor PROGRESS Film-Verleih/Berlin

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