Film Info: IN ZEITEN DES ABNEHMENDEN LICHTS

IN TIMES OF FADING LIGHT (IN ZEITEN DES ABNEHMENDEN LICHTS)

IN TIMES OF FADING LIGHT
© 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.


Matti Geschonneck was born in 1952 in Potsdam. A prolific director, his award-winning films for television and the cinema include: GESCHLOSSENE AKTEN (1993), ENDSTATION (1994), ANGST HAT EINE KALTE HAND (1995), DER SCHREI DER LIEBE (1996), DER ROSENMÖRDER (1997), REISE IN DIE NACHT (1997), MÖRDERKIND (1998), COMEBACK FÜR FREDDY BAKER (1998), GANZ UNTEN, GANZ OBEN (1999), JENSEITS DER LIEBE (2000), EIN MÖRDERISCHER PLAN (2000), SPÄTE RACHE (2001), DIE MUTTER (2002), MORD AM MEER (2003), LIEBE NACH DEM TOD (2004), SILBERHOCHZEIT (2005), ZEIT ZU LEBEN (2006), DUELL IN DER NACHT (2007), ENTFÜHRT (2008), BOXHAGENER PLATZ (2009), THE WITNESS HOUSE (2015), and IN TIMES OF FADING LIGHT (2017).
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
Length 100 min
Format DCP, color, cs
Original Version
 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
With backing from BKM, German Federal Film Fund, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor X Verleih

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