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IN TIMES OF FADING LIGHT

by Matti Geschonneck

synopsis

East Berlin, in the early autumn of '89. The Powileit family celebrates the 90th birthday of Wilhelm, a former resistance fighter, returned expatriate and incorrigible Stalinist. His wife Charlotte is hosting the festivities where neighbors, acquaintances and dignitaries deliver flowers and give speeches as if nothing were amiss in the outside world. But someone is missing, and he is the only one who in Charlotte's opinion knows how to set up the extending table for the cold buffet: Sascha, her grandson. No one suspects that Sascha fled to West Germany just a few days ago… Through the eyes of Sascha's father, Kurt – a historian, Gulag survivor, unhappily married to the Russian Irina – we experience “In Times of Fading Light” as a snapshot in time, showing us disintegration of a family and a political system.

international title: In Times of Fading Light
original title: In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts
country: Germany
sales agent: Beta Cinema
year: 2017
genre: fiction
directed by: Matti Geschonneck
film run: 100'
release date: DE 1/06/2017, ES 8/06/2018
screenplay: Wolfgang Kohlhaase
cast: Bruno Ganz, Alexander Fehling, Sylvester Groth, Pit Bukowski, Evgenia Dodina, Stephan Grossmann
cinematography by: Hannes Hubach
art director: Alexandra Pilhatsch
costumes designer: Sabine Greunig
producer: Dieter Salzmann
production: MOOVIE-the art of entertainment
distributor: X Verleih