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Paths In The Night (Wege in die Nacht)

Paths In The Night

55-year-old Walter is unemployed. Once vested with a certain power and function, he is now less and less able to see any meaning to his existence or to adapt to the present. His last support is the belief in a better world: he wants to stand up for "good", if necessary, by violent means. And so he roves at night with two youths in the conviction that he is needed by society to maintain law and order. But society doesn't need him. As this knowledge matures within him, so he becomes an increasing danger to himself and his surroundings. His wife, the only person who loves him, will betray him in order to save herself. However, he is now past helping. Paths In The Night: A big-city film which tells in an equally powerful and poetic manner of a forlorn love and a psyche running amuck.


Andreas Kleinert was born in 1962 in Berlin. He worked as a props assistant and intern at the DEFA feature film studios and was an assistant director to filmmakers like Rainer Simon and Hermann Zschoche. He studied Directing at the \"Konrad Wolf\" University of Film & Television in Babelsberg from 1984-1989 and graduated with Farewell, Joseph (Lebewohl, Joseph, 1989), which was nominated for a Student Oscar. A selection of his other award-winning films includes: Lost Landscape (Verlorene Landschaft, 1992), Outside Time (Neben der Zeit, 1995), In the Name of Innocence (Im Namen der Unschuld, 1997), Paths in the Night (Wege in die Nacht, 1999), Ich moechte Zeugnis ablegen bis zum Letzten (TV, 1999), Kelly Bastian - Geschichte einer Hoffnung (TV, 2001), Coming Home (Mein Vater, TV, 2003), Stranger (Der Fremde kam, TV, 2005), Hurenkinder (TV, 2006), Head Under Water (Freischwimmer (2007), Haus und Kind (2008), and Boundaries (Barriere, 2010).

Year of Production 1999
Director Andreas Kleinert
Screenplay Johann Bergk
Cinematography Jürgen Jürges
Gisela Zick
Andreas Hoge, Steven Garling
Cast Hilmar Thate, Henriette Heinze, Cornelia Schmaus, Dirk Borchardt, Ingeborg Westphal, Daniela Hoffmann
Producers Katrin Schlösser, Frank Loeprich
Production Company öFilm/Berlin, in co-production with ZDF, Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures
Length 98 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Cannes 1999 (Quinzaine opening film), Cine Independiente Buenos Aires 2005
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Kulturelle Filmfoerderung Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
German Distributor Basis-Film Verleih/Berlin

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