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Scene from SMOKE SIGNS (photo © Moana Film, Berlin 2006)

After an exhaustingly long trip, Jonathan Fischer arrives at the guest house of Annabella Silberstein and Isabella Goldberg to ask for a room. However, Isabella is away and Annabella is busy with her daily garden work. Jonathan has to wait a few hours and fill out an endless, and indiscrete, questionnaire before he will be accepted as a guest.

In the course of the next few days, he encounters his 14-year-old daughter Jade and falls in love with Annabella: it’s just like it should be in paradise, love at first sight. For her, he goes to work to improve the savaged estate with a few new constructions and builds a big pond. But the happenings of the world soon fall upon this idyllic existence. A god commits suicide and a princess is shot and killed. Looking for the murderer, the police ravage through the estate. But the landscape gardeners continue with their work on the pond as though nothing had happened. Isabella and Annabella decide to give the deceased a final resting place at the bottom of the pond. Later, when the pond is full of water, the full moon and cliffs reflect on the surface while Annabella and Jonathan celebrate their wedding on a boat.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2006
Director Rudolf Thome
Screenplay Rudolf Thome
Cinematography Ute Freund
Doerte Voelz-Mammarella
Katia Tchemberdji
Susanna Cardelli
Cast Joya Thome, Serpil Turhan, Adriana Altaras, Karl Kranzkowski, Hannelore Elsner, Nicolai Thome
Producer Rudolf Thome
Production Company Moana-Film/Berlin
Runtime 125 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Munich 2006, Molodist Kiev 2006
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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