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Matthias Habich, Karoline Teska (photo © Bavaria Film International)

It's been so many years now, yet Boran, alias Felix Novak, will never forget ... the man he killed, his escape from jail, the accident he believed was fatal to his wife and young son.

Now, after living more than 20 years as a fugitive along the canals of the Spreewald, he learns that he has a grandchild, Clara, who is in trouble. He finds her, flees with her to his hut and forces the fiercely rebellious girl to confront her actions as he tries to put together the puzzle of their history. It emerges that his wife survived the accident, but has been paralyzed ever since. Her brother Martin Rogatzki, a police inspector, has been caring for her – and he intends to make Boran pay for it.

After getting wind of Boran's whereabouts, he and Inspector Akim re-open the case against him and head for the Spreewald, where they find a tight-knit community that refuses to betray Boran. While Rogatzki tenaciously pursues his personal vendetta, Akim falls in love with a young local woman who opens his eyes to Boran's integrity, to his beneficial influence on Clara, and to the mercy that he deserves…
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Alexander Berner
Screenplay Claus C. Fischer
Cinematography Torsten Lippstock, Peter Steuger
Ueli Christen
Chris Heyne
Monika Bauert
Cast Mehmet Kurtulus, Karoline Teska, Lisa Martinek, Henry Hübchen, Matthias Habich, Dagmar Manzel
Producers Bettina Reitz, Nico Hofmann
Production Company teamWorx/Berlin, in co-production with Senator Film Produktion, Digital Editors, Munich, UFA Film & TV Produktion/Potsdam, Comet Film/Bottrop
Runtime 98 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2002, Viareggio 2002
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Filmfonds Babelsberg ILB
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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