Film Info: Abendland

Nightfall (Abendland)

Nightfall

Somewhere in Europe at the end of the 20th century. Everything has lost its apparently safe place. In the city, unemployment rules like a plague. Anton is also affected. Leni, who he has been living with for years, works as an ironer in a laundry. She tries to bring life to the dark cocoon Anton has weaved around him. A life that is not obliged to materialism and work but to sensuality, belief and the possibility of love as the ultimate anarchistic and dignified act against a barbarous environment. She tries to follow a longing, bigger than the small being in the narrow world of disintegration, fear, doubts and lethargy. Torn apart at dusk, each of them fights alone in their nocturnal odyssey through the black of the night and their own souls. Desperately rebelling against their loneliness, they will cross the lives of different people, will be weaved into strange fates, will hurt and will get hurt, tumble, fall and get up again, and will face each other with the taste of darkness and a certainty in their hearts which was unknown to them before. Nightfall speaks about love - not in its beginning, where it is still illusionary, but when it is about to end, while it had just begun to become essential.


Fred Kelemen first began studying painting and music and worked as an assistant director in various theaters. In 1989, he started a course of studies at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin. His feature films incldue Kalyi - Zeit der Finsternis (1991-1993), Soledades (1994), Fate (Verhaengnis, 1994, winner of a German Film Award), Cafe Solo (1995-1996), Frost (1997-1998, winner of the FIPRESCI Award in Rotterdam and the prize for Best Director at Taormina.), and Nightfall (Abendland, 1999), among others.

Director Fred Kelemen
Screenplay Fred Kelemen
Cinematography Fred Kelemen
Nicola Undritz, Anja Neraal, Fred Kelemen
Rainer Kirchmann
Cast Adolfo Assor, Isa Hochgerner, Urs Remond, Wolfgang Michael, Verena Jasch, Thomas Baumann
Producer Alexander Ris
Production Company Mediopolis/Berlin, in co-production with WDR, Filmes Do Tejo
Length 141 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French, Italian
Sound Technology Dolby
Sound Technology Dolby, Stereo
Festivals Venice 1999, Hof 1999, Tokyo 1999, Gothenburg 2000, Rotterdam 2000, Buenos Aires 2003
With backing from BMI, Saechsische Landesmedienanstalt (SLM), Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film, IPACA
German Distributors Neue Pegasos Film/Frankfurt, STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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