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As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me (So weit die Fuesse tragen)

As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me

Never, ever, underestimate the sheer power of the human spirit and the force of will when it is inspired by love. That's the message of As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me.

Based on Josef Martin Bauer's novel, this true story is the incredible journey undertaken by the German soldier Clemens Forell in his dramatic escape from a Siberian labor camp. Set against the backdrop of a desolate and inhospitable landscape, beset by danger (from both animals and humans), constantly battling the worst nature can throw at him, Forell makes his way, step by step, kilometer by kilometer, towards Persia and the longed-for freedom. Three years it takes him. Sometimes riding on trains, sometimes by boat, mostly on foot, he covers more than 14,000 kilometers, knowing that every step brings him closer to his goal, but never knowing if his next step will also be his last. In December 1952, eight years after he left his family and was sent to fight on the Russian front in a war that was already lost, Forell was finally reunited with his wife and children.


Hardy Martins was born in 1963 in Baisingen/Baden-Württemberg. He trained for two years at the International Stunt Association in Los Angeles and was also taught by Jean Claude Zeferini in Paris for a year. He has worked as a stuntman and stunt coordinator on such productions as Die Katze (1986), Der Sommer des Falken (1987), Dr. M (1990), Manta – Der Film (1990), Go Trabbi Go (1991), In weiter Ferne, so nah! (1992) and Die Sieger (1993). In 1996, he founded Cascadeur Filmproduction and took on the role of producer, director, and lead actor for the film, Cascadeur – The Amber Chamber (1998). His most recent film is As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me (So weit die Fuesse Tragen, 2001).
Genre Adventure, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Hardy Martins
Screenplay Hardy Martins, Bernd Schwamm, Bastian Clevé
Cinematography Pavel Lebeshev
Andreas Marschall
Edward Artemyev
Valentin Gidulanov
Cast Michael Mendl, André M. Hennicke, Bernhard Bettermann, Irina Pantaeva, Anatoly Kotenyov, Iris Boehm, Hans Uwe Bauer
Producers Bastian Clevé, Roland Pellegrino, Jimmy C. Gerum, Hardy Martins
Production Company Cascadeur Film/Munich, in co-production with CP Medien/Ludwigsburg, B&C Film/Ludwigsburg
Length 158 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German/Russian
Subtitled Versions English, French, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Montreal 2001, Houston 2002, Santander 2002, Tehran 2003
Awards CICAE, Goldener Biber Biberach 2001, Platinum for Best Action/Adventure Feature Film & Best Cinematography Houston 2002, Caracola de Oro 2002 & Premio AEC Santander 2002
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung