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A man named Charles leaves his country, France, for Kazakhstan...

The first contacts are surprising. History has gone faster than he thought...

The unexpected meeting with Ulzhan changes his route and his life...

Volker Schlöndorff has been active for more than 50 years. A selection of his award-winning films includes: YOUNG TÖRLESS (1965), BAAL (1970), THE SUDDEN WEALTH OF THE POOR PEOPLE OF KOMBACH (1971), THE LOST HONOR OF KATHARINA BLUM (1975, co-directed with Margarethe von Trotta), FANGSCHUSS (1976), GERMANY IN AUTUMN (1976, together with Stefan Aust, Alexander Kluge, et al), THE TIN DRUM (1979), CIRCLE OF DECEIT (1981), SWANN IN LOVE (1983), DEATH OF A SALESMAN (1985), A GATHERING OF OLD MEN (1987), THE HANDMAID'S TALE (1990), VOYAGER (1990), THE OGRE (1996), PALMETTO (1998), THE LEGENDS OF RITA (1999), EIN PRODUZENT HAT SEELE ODER ER HAT KEINE (2001), TEN MINUTES OLDER: THE CELLO (2002), THE NINTH DAY (2004), STRIKE (2006), ULZHAN (2007), DAS MEER AM MORGEN (2011), DIPLOMATIE (2014), and RETURN TO MONTAUK (2017).
Genre Road Movie
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Volker Schlöndorff
Screenplay Jean-Claude Carrière
Cinematography Tom Fährmann
Beatrice Pettovich, Peter Adam
Aleksandr Rorokin
Cast David Bennent, Ayanat Ksenbai, Philippe Torreton
Producers Volker Schlöndorff, Sergey Azimov, Régis Ghezelbash
Production Company Fly Times Pictures/Paris, in co-production with Volksfilm/Potsdam, Kazakhfilm Studio/Almaty, Project Images Films/Meylan, in cooperation with Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE France Cinéma/Paris
Length 105 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Cannes 2007 (60th Anniversary Tribute), Toronto 2007 (Masters), Warsaw 2007, Torino 2007, Berlin 2008 (German Cinema), Hong Kong 2008, Sofia 2008, Istanbul 2008, Viareggio 2008, Koltata 2008, Kerala 2008, Camerimage Lodz 2009, La Rochelle 2017
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, CNC, Le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Transasia Development, Total, Chaumet
German Distributor X Verleih

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