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Raven Days (Rabentage)

Raven Days
Scene from "Raven Days" (photo © Irene Hofer)

Alfred and Heinz are friends, although they are from different social backgrounds and have very little in common. They keep running into each other in Munich during the last days of autumn. Their unresolved issues, past and present, begin to crystallize in the course of various encounters, some painful, others promising.

Full of futile longing for his wife, the homeless Alfred drifts from one casual acquaintance to the next. He tries his luck with each, without managing to achieve any lasting relationships, leaving, however, several memorable misunderstandings in his wake. This doesn’t bother him nearly as much as the fact that his wife will soon die of the serious burns she suffered while setting fire to her employer’s house: during a last visit at the hospital, they have suddenly realized how much they loved each other.

Heinz has completely withdrawn from conventional society. Once a well-paid engineer, he tired of that life, and began to drink; his wife left him and he lost track of his daughter. He sees her for the first time in many years, performing in a sex show. Although it is painful for both of them to meet in these humiliating circumstances, a small miracle occurs: they talk to each other, and Heinz feels that he may be able to make amends for the lost years.


Thomas Haaf was born in Nuremberg in 1949. He studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich in 1970 and Economics in Regensburg and Munich. In 1976, he founded his own production company, phantaskop production, to produce the films he writes and directs, which include: Lolo Sunshine (2005), The Long Shadow (2008), L’homme pale (1978), Kovacs (1982), and Raven Days (2008).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Thomas Haaf
Screenplay Thomas Haaf
Cinematography Adam Olech
Franz Breuer
Nanette Bauer
Cast Wolfgang Haas, Uwe Kosubek, Ines Novak, Ulrike Walther, Leonid Chernyak, Jelena Djordjevic, Sarah Gros, Edith Konrath, Peter-Andreas Landerl, Janina Ringlé, Angela Sandritter, Sebastian Stegmann, Florian Ziller
Producers Thomas Haaf, Claus Peter Seifert
Production Company THEATER HALLE 7 Inkunst/Munich
Length 117 min
Format color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Stereo

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