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Matthias Habich, Karoline Teska (photo © Bavaria Film International)

It's been so many years now, yet Boran, alias Felix Novak, will never forget ... the man he killed, his escape from jail, the accident he believed was fatal to his wife and young son.

Now, after living more than 20 years as a fugitive along the canals of the Spreewald, he learns that he has a grandchild, Clara, who is in trouble. He finds her, flees with her to his hut and forces the fiercely rebellious girl to confront her actions as he tries to put together the puzzle of their history. It emerges that his wife survived the accident, but has been paralyzed ever since. Her brother Martin Rogatzki, a police inspector, has been caring for her – and he intends to make Boran pay for it.

After getting wind of Boran's whereabouts, he and Inspector Akim re-open the case against him and head for the Spreewald, where they find a tight-knit community that refuses to betray Boran. While Rogatzki tenaciously pursues his personal vendetta, Akim falls in love with a young local woman who opens his eyes to Boran's integrity, to his beneficial influence on Clara, and to the mercy that he deserves…

Alexander Berner was born in 1966 in Munich. After training as a graphic designer in London, he edited numerous documentaries, music videos and advertising spots. In 1989, he filmed Inheritance, a musical portrait about a multi-cultural rock band in the USA. He then returned to Germany and made the trailers to such films as Bille August’s The House of Spirits, Doris Doerrie’s Happy Birthday! (Happy Birthday Tuerke!) and Soenke Wortmann’s Maybe…Maybe Not (Der bewegte Mann). Also active as a film editor, he has edited Bernd Eichinger’s A Girl Called Rosemarie (Das Maedchen Rosemarie), Thomas Jahn’s Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, and most recently, Paul Anderson’s Resident Evil, among others. In 1996, he received a German Film Award for his editorial work on Joseph Vilsmaier’s Brother of Sleep (Schlafes Bruder). Boran (2001) is his directorial feature debut.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Alexander Berner
Screenplay Claus C. Fischer
Cinematography Torsten Lippstock, Peter Steuger
Ueli Christen
Chris Heyne
Monika Bauert
Cast Mehmet Kurtulus, Karoline Teska, Lisa Martinek, Henry Hübchen, Matthias Habich, Dagmar Manzel
Producers Bettina Reitz, Nico Hofmann
Production Company teamWorx/Berlin, in co-production with Senator Film Produktion, Digital Editors, Munich, UFA Film & TV Produktion/Potsdam, Comet Film/Bottrop
Length 98 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2002, Viareggio 2002
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmfonds Babelsberg ILB
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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