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TURNCOAT, THE (ÜBERLÄUFER, DER)

TURNCOAT, THE
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Production Report featured in
German Films Quarterly 03/2019

Directed by Academy Award®-winner Florian Gallenberger from Sigefried Lenz's international bestseller, DER ÜBERLÄUFER is set in the summer of 1944. Walter Proska is about to return to the Eastern Front when his train is blown up by partisans. Together with a scattered bunch of German soldiers, cut off from the front, he awaits certain death while the commands of his superior officer become more and more senseless and inhuman.

Proska's encounter with the young Polish partisan Wanda and his friendship with his comrade Kürschner increasingly make him doubt his oath of allegiance. As the Red Army draws closer, Proska becomes a prisoner of war and can save himself only by defecting to the enemy.
Genre Drama, History, Literature, Love Story
Category TV Movie
Director Florian Gallenberger
Screenplay Bernd Lange, Florian Gallenberger
Cinematography Arthur Reinhart
Cast Jannis Niewöhner, Malgorzata Mikolajczak, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Rainer Bock, Florian Lukas, Katharina Schüttler, Ulrich Tukur, Bjarne Mädel, Leonie Benesch, Adam Venhaus, Alexander Beyer, Janusz Cichocki, Mathias Hermann, Shenja Lacher
Producers Stefan Raiser, Felix Zackor
Production Company Dreamtool Entertainment
Original Version
 German
Shooting Dates June-August 2019
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Polish Film Institute

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