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Summer 1898. Canada during the Klondike Gold Rush. Emily Meyer joins a group of seven German American immigrants. Together they embark on the long journey to the newly discovered gold fields in Dawson. Brought together by shady businessman Wilhelm Laser’s advertisement, the members of the group put it all on the line to change their miserable lives.

Recommended by Wilhelm Laser, they decide to take the Ashcroft Trail, a route through the Canadian interior. With horses and a covered wagon, they take off without an exact idea of the dangers and strains that this journey has in stall for them. Hardly any of them will have known that from their point of departure in Ashcroft, the distance to Dawson was more than 2,500 km.

Full of hope, the prospectors begin their journey. The first part of the journey to Quesnel is relatively untroubled. But before too long, problems begin to arise. The terrain becomes ever more difficult to negotiate. They soon literally loose track as the supposedly marked and fully constructed path disappears before their eyes. Their route leads them along through a hostile and untapped wilderness. One by one, their exhausted pack horses die. The strenuous journey and internal clashes begin to tear the group apart. Now Emily Meyer, who appeared to be the most fragile member of the group at the beginning of the journey, proves herself to be one of the most dogged and enduring in view of the many challenges. She does not know exactly what the future will bring. Nevertheless, of one thing she is certain: there is no way that she will return to the life she left behind.

Driven by a dream and the hope which it has inspired for a better life, the decimated group works through the rough environment toward their goal, a goal that seems to be further removed from them with every step they take.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2013
Director Thomas Arslan
Screenplay Thomas Arslan
Cinematography Patrick Orth
Cast Nina Hoss, Marko Mandić, Peter Kurth, Uwe Bohm, Lars Rudolph, Rosa Enskat, Wolfgang Packhäuser
Producers Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber
Production Company Schramm Film Koerner & Weber, in co-production with BR, Degeto Film, WDR, ARTE, in cooperation with Red Cedar Film Gold/Vancouver
Runtime 101 min
Format 35 mm, DCP, color, cs
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlin 2013 (In Competition), CPH:PIX Copenhagen 2013, Edinburgh 2013, Cambridge 2013, Festival do Rio 2013, Vancouver 2013, Kyiv Molodist 2013, Viennale 2013, Palm Springs 2014, Locarno 2014, Les Arcs 2017
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM, German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, ILB
German Distributor Piffl Medien

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