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by Till Endemann


Johann Lender’s job turns out to be his undoing: the 35-year-old air-traffic controller was alone on his shift on July 1, 2002, when a Russian passenger airliner collided with a cargo plane in the airspace under his control and crashed near Überlingen on Lake Constance. All 71 passengers were killed. Yuri Balkayev’s wife and two children were also among the casualties. About one year later, Balkayev stabs the air-traffic controller to death in front of his own family. But hope is still alive in little Kolya, an orphan who also lost his mother, a Russian stewardess, in this tragedy.

original title: Flug in die Nacht
country: Switzerland
sales agent: Beta Cinema
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Till Endemann
film run: 90'
screenplay: Don Bohlinger, Till Endemann
cast: Ken Duken, Jewgenij Sitochin, Sophie von Kessel, Sabine Timoteo, Noemi Mühle, Peter Jecklin, Mike Müller, Heinrich Schmieder, Anton Bennent, Charlotte Schwab
cinematography by: Lars Liebold, Andreas Schneuwly, Valentin Bärlocher
film editing: Benjamin Fueter
art director: Reto Trösch, Doris Baumgartner, Ursula Sax
costumes designer: Bettina Marx, Stefania Tedesco
producer: Peter-Christian Fueter
production: C-Films, Maran Film GmbH, SRF - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, SWR – Südwestrundfunk
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