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Down the River (Elbe)

Down the River
Scene from "Down the River" (photo © Luna Film)

Two old pals lose their work as inland navigators on the River Elbe. While the vernacular Gero tries to regain his footing, the reckless Kowsky keeps gambling with friendship and life, over and over again. For all that, together they set out from Dresden for Hamburg, hoping to find a new job, a new love, a new life. For old time's sake, their road is the Elbe.


Marco Mittelstaedt was born in 1972 in Berlin. After studies in Photography, he worked as a projectionist and cinema programmer in Berlin and traveled throughout Europe as a photographer. From 1997-2004 he studied at the German Academy of Film & Television in Berlin and has served as a director\'s assistant on numerous television and film projects. His films include: Uferlos (short, 1997) which won the Panorama Short Film Award in Berlin, Ein Tag zurueck (short, 1998), his feature debut Jena Paradies (2004), and Down the River (Elbe, 2006).
Genre Drama, Road Movie
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Marco Mittelstaedt
Screenplay Holger Nickel
Cinematography Andreas Höfer
Vincent Assmann
Lars Loehn
Pierre Alexandre Brayard
Cast Tom Jahn, Henning Peker, Steffi Kühnert, Gabriela Maria Schmeide
Producer Gudrun Ruzicková-Steiner
Production Company Luna-Film/Berlin
Length 86 min
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Munich 2006, Braunschweig 2006
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor Zorro Film/Munich

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