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Epstein's Night (Epsteins Nacht)

Epstein's Night
Otto Tausig, Mario Adorf, Bruno Ganz (photo © Bavaria Film International)

After 15 years in jail for murder, Jochen Epstein is finally going to be released. He is determined to emigrate from Germany and leave his past behind forever. But the places he once knew so well, suppressed memories, and a girlfriend he has never forgotten, begin to tear down the wall the old man has built up around himself.

All his troubles began on his last night of freedom. During a more or less accidental visit to a Christian church service, Epstein recognizes Giesser, who tortured him in concentration camp. Together with the brothers Adam and Karl Rose, with whom he had been in camp together, he confronts Giesser the following morning. The frontlines seem clear, but Giesser suddenly turns the tables on them and confronts Epstein with his own past. Giesser knows how Epstein protected Adam Rose in camp. He knows what price Epstein was willing to pay for the life of his friend. Guilt and forgiveness, friendship and treason, love and hatred conspire and the situation between the four men escalates…

Epstein’s Night is a deeply moving drama about the basic values of human existence: lifelong friendship, all-consuming love, and the agony of forgiveness.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2002
Director Urs Egger
Screenplay Jens Urban
Cinematography Lukas Strebel
Hans Funck
Christoph Garcian-Schubert
Peter Manhardt
Cast Annie Girardot, Nina Hoss, Günter Lamprecht, Otto Tausig, Bruno Ganz, Mario Adorf
Producer Andreas Bareiss
Production Company MTM Medien & Television/Munich, in co-production with Constantin Film Produktion, Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion/Zurich
Runtime 85 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Solothurn Film Festival 2002, Jewish Film Festivals New York/London/Toronto/St. Louis/Sao Paulo 2003, Goteborg 2003, Jerusalem 2003
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

World Sales
Bavaria Media International