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Shadows of Time (Schatten der Zeit)

Shadows of Time
Scene from "Shadows of Time" (photo © Schatten der Zeit GbR)

India before independence, a carpet factory in the countryside near Calcutta. For Ravi and Masha, who are forced to work as child laborers, it is the beginning of a tragic love story. Realizing that money determines whether one is free or enslaved, the ambitious and resolute Ravi works his way up from common worker to best carpet knotter, with just one goal - to leave the factory behind him. Learning that the factory owner plans to keep Masha for himself, Ravi sacrifices all his savings to buy Masha's freedom. As she leaves, Masha promises to wait for him in Calcutta's biggest Shiva temple at every full moon. Years later, after having earned enough to buy his way out, Ravi becomes a carpet seller and rises to prosperity. Masha, who has become a sought-after dancer in a brothel, still goes to the temple hoping to find Ravi. He also visits the holy site, but fate prevents them from finding each other. Although they marry others, whose affections they return, they keep their true love for one another. When they unexpectedly meet again, they enjoy a few moments of bliss before their love threatens to destroy them. Masha is willing to abandon everything for Ravi, but once again, the lovers are separated. Time passes, casting its shadows on the old and the new, the changing and the unchanging, the never-ending cycle of love...

Defiantly romantic, emphatically emotional, this epic love story evokes the days when grand passions ruled the movies and cast their spell on ill-fated lovers and rapt audiences alike. The first full-length feature film by young OSCAR-winning writer and director Florian Gallenberger (Quiero ser), Shadows of Time was produced by OSCAR-nominee Helmut Dietl (Schtonk!) and Norbert Preuss (The Experiment).


Florian Gallenberger was born in Munich in 1972. He studied at the renowned University of Television and Film in Munich. With his thesis film QUIERO SER (2000) Gallenberger received the Honorary Foreign Film Award at the Student Academy Awards® and an Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short Film. His debut feature SHADOWS OF TIME (2004) won the Bavarian Film Award for Best New Director. His second feature, JOHN RABE (2009) premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and received two Bavarian Film Awards and four German Film Awards, including Best Film. His third feature film, COLONIA (2015) received the Bavarian Film Award for Best Film and was nominated for five German Film Awards. Gallenberger is also a professor at the University of Television and Film in Munich.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Florian Gallenberger
Screenplay Florian Gallenberger
Cinematography Jürgen Jürges
Hansjörg Weißbrich
Gert Wilden Jr.
Amardeep Behl
Cast Irrfan Kahn, Tillotama Shome, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Prashant Narayanan
Producers Helmut Dietl, Norbert Preuss
Production Companies Diana Film/Munich, Fanes Film/Munich, in co-production with CP Medien/Ludwigsburg, Mondragon Films/Berlin
Length 122 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 Bengali
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Sound Technology Dolby SR, Dolby SRD
Festivals Toronto 2004 (Special Presentation), Cine Independiente Buenos Aires 2005, Kiev 2005
Awards Bavarian Film Awards 2004 (Best Feature Debut: Florian Gallenberger, Best Cinematography: Juergen Juerges)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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