Films

In Times of Fading Light

In Times of Fading Light, "In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts"

Synopsis

Director

Echoing Chekov and meticulously crafting a glimpse at the life in the crumbling GDR, this drama brings together some of the best professionals in German cinema. Writer Wolfgang Kohlhaase turned Eugen Ruge’s bestselling novel into a condensed study of lost dreams, both personal and political.

East Berlin in the early autumn of 1989. Wilhelm Powileit is grinning and bearing his 90th birthday with stoic indifference.

There’s not much the old man hasn’t seen. A staunch communist for the past 75 years, he fled from Nazi Germany and lived in exile in Mexico. Meanwhile his stepson Kurt was arrested in Moscow as an alleged counter-revolutionary. After his return to East Germany, Wilhelm had only limited possibilities of a party career in the SED due to being an ’émigré from the West’. But today the Young Pioneers are serenading him and he is being decorated with medals. Whilst Wilhelm vehemently denies that his ideal of a better world was nothing but a fantasy and that the high hopes of yesteryear have been smothered by bureaucracy and fear, the younger generation is leaving the country. And cracks have appeared in his own family that are also beyond repair.

Director Matti Geschonneck and writer Wolfgang Kohlhaase, both grew up in the Communist East and uniquely combine empathy and complexity in this ensemble drama.

Christoph Gröner

Matti Geschonneck

(b. 1952, Potsdam) is the son of actors Erwin Geschonneck and Hannelore Wüst. He was forced to break off his directing studies at the Eisenstein Institute in Moscow after four years because he refused to distance himself from the exiled Wolf Biermann. In 1978 he emigrated to West Germany and worked as an assistant for directors including Thomas Langhoff and Eberhard Fechner. After making his feature debut in 1992, he directed over 30 award-winning TV films. 

Filmography

  • Valik/Selected: Möbius (1993)
  • Boxhagener Platz (2010)
  • In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts (In Times of Fading Light, 2017)

Schedule

21.11.2017
19:30 - 21:10
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 1
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 051301
Sold out
01.12.2017
19:00 - 20:40
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 4
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 151802
Sold out
03.12.2017
17:15 - 18:55
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 2
Subtitles: EST, ENG
Screening code: 171402
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Goethe-Institut presents: New German Film
Panorama

Film info

Country: Germany
Year: 2017
Duration: 100 minutes
Languages: German, Russian
Director: Matti Geschonneck
Producers: Oliver Berben, Sarah Kirkegaard, Dieter Salzmann
Writer: Wolfgang Kohlhaase
DOP: Hannes Hubach
Montage: Dirk Grau
Cast: Bruno Ganz, Alexander Fehling, Sylvester Groth, Angela Winkler, Evgenia Dodina
Productions: Moovie, ZDF, Constantin Film Produktion, 
Beta Cinema
Festivals: Berlinale, Copenhagen

Synopsis

Director

Echoing Chekov and meticulously crafting a glimpse at the life in the crumbling GDR, this drama brings together some of the best professionals in German cinema. Writer Wolfgang Kohlhaase turned Eugen Ruge’s bestselling novel into a condensed study of lost dreams, both personal and political.

East Berlin in the early autumn of 1989. Wilhelm Powileit is grinning and bearing his 90th birthday with stoic indifference.

There’s not much the old man hasn’t seen. A staunch communist for the past 75 years, he fled from Nazi Germany and lived in exile in Mexico. Meanwhile his stepson Kurt was arrested in Moscow as an alleged counter-revolutionary. After his return to East Germany, Wilhelm had only limited possibilities of a party career in the SED due to being an ’émigré from the West’. But today the Young Pioneers are serenading him and he is being decorated with medals. Whilst Wilhelm vehemently denies that his ideal of a better world was nothing but a fantasy and that the high hopes of yesteryear have been smothered by bureaucracy and fear, the younger generation is leaving the country. And cracks have appeared in his own family that are also beyond repair.

Director Matti Geschonneck and writer Wolfgang Kohlhaase, both grew up in the Communist East and uniquely combine empathy and complexity in this ensemble drama.

Christoph Gröner

Matti Geschonneck

(b. 1952, Potsdam) is the son of actors Erwin Geschonneck and Hannelore Wüst. He was forced to break off his directing studies at the Eisenstein Institute in Moscow after four years because he refused to distance himself from the exiled Wolf Biermann. In 1978 he emigrated to West Germany and worked as an assistant for directors including Thomas Langhoff and Eberhard Fechner. After making his feature debut in 1992, he directed over 30 award-winning TV films. 

Filmography

  • Valik/Selected: Möbius (1993)
  • Boxhagener Platz (2010)
  • In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts (In Times of Fading Light, 2017)