Film Info: Irrlichter

Darkness Experiment, The (Irrlichter)

Darkness Experiment, The

A reality TV feature suddenly becomes mortal danger: A young man is to undergo three weeks of survival training for scientific purposes in a labyrinthine cave system. A star TV presenter runs daily reports on this experiment as a highlight of her live broadcasts for television. Suddenly, contrary to all weather forecasts, a major storm breaks and floods the cave. All links with the outside world are cut off. The young journalist and the man, who initially couldn't stand each other, are the only survivors. They work together to struggle their way back to daylight.


Cristoph Kuehn was born in Zug/Switzerland in 1952 and studied at Munich's Academy for Television & Film (HFF) from 1976-1980. He worked on various German films as assistant cameraman, production manager and editor before making his directorial debut in 1980 with Falsche Bilder. He wrote and directed several documentaries for television and served as assistant director on various feature films between 1986-1991. His films as director include: FRS - Das Kino der Nation (documentary, 1984/85), Das ganze Leben als Reise (TV, 1992), Sophie Taeuber-Arp (documentary, 1993), Bilder des Alltags (documentary, 1995), and Irrlichter (1996).
Genre Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 1996
Director Cristoph Kuehn
Screenplay Meier Carlo, Cristoph Kuehn
Cinematography Peter Indergand
Birgit Klingl
Alex Kirschner
Cast Barbara Auer, Tobias Langhoff, Adolph Spalinger
Producer Andreas Pfaeffli
Production Companies Dor Film, Ventura Film/Meride, Cinecas Filmproduktion, Geiselgasteig, in co-production with ZDF, ORF/Vienna, SRF/Zurich
Length 91 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Eurimages, Eidgenoessisches Departement des Innern, Bundesamt fuer Kultur, Oesterreichisches Filminstitut