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© MOOVIE/Hannes Hubach

In the early fall of 1989, the Powileits from East Berlin are celebrating the 90th birthday of their family patriarch Wilhelm, a former resistance fighter and exile, and an incorrigible Stalinist. His wife Charlotte has invited neighbors, friends and dignitaries, who all bring flowers and hold speeches as if the world outside were still in order. But one person is missing, namely the only person, who, according to Charlotte, is capable of setting up the extendable table for the buffet: Sascha, her grandson. But what no one suspects: Sascha defected to the West a few days ago…

From the perspective of Sascha’s father Kurt – historian, Gulag survivor and unhappily married to the Russian woman Irina – we experience the “time of fading light” as a snapshot of personal and political upheaval, which is experienced and denied by all those involved in very different ways. IN TIMES OF FADING LIGHT depicts the dissolution of a family and a system: a great panorama on a small scale which makes history, told as a family story with laconic humor, all the more understandable.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2017
Director Matti Geschonneck
Screenplay Wolfgang Kohlhaase
Cinematography Hannes Hubach
Cast Bruno Ganz, Hildegard Schmahl, Sylvester Groth, Alexander Fehling, Natalia Belitski, Gabriela Maria Schmeide, Angela Winkler, Thorsten Merten, Evgenia Dodina
Producers Oliver Berben, Sarah Kirkegaard
Production Company MOOVIE, in co-production with ZDF
Runtime 100 min
Format DCP, color, cs
 German, Russian
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology 5.1
Festivals Berlinale 2017 (Berlinale Special), CPH PIX 2017, Haifa 2017, Cork 2017, Black Nights Tallinn 2017, ESPOO Ciné 2018, Bif&st Bari 2019
With backing from BKM, German Federal Film Fund / DFFF Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor X Verleih

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