THE FINAL JOURNEY (LEANDERS LETZTE REISE)
Wed. Feb. 14, 2018 6:00 PM
Goethe-Institut, San Francisco
107 min. Germany (2017). BD. German, Russian, English, Polish w/ English subtitles.
Director: Nick Baker-Monteys
Starring: Jürgen Prochnow, Petra Schmidt-Schaller, Tambet Tuisk, Suzanne von Borsody
Screenplay: Nick Baker-Monteys, Alexandra Umminger
Cinematography: Eeva Fleig
Editor: Dagmar Lichius
Producers: Christian Alvart, Siegfried Kamml, Timm Oberwelland
World Sales: Global Screen
When Eduard's (Jürgen Prochnow, The Boat, The English Patient) wife dies, his daughter wants to put him in a home. Instead he gets on a train, embarking on an odyssey that does not end until he gets to Russia. Eduard is searching for the woman he fell in love with while serving alongside the Cossacks, many of whom fought with the Wehrmacht against the Red Army. Eduard has never spoken about his wartime experiences, which have thrown a long shadow over the family. He has a terrible relationship with his daughter. And his granddaughter, Adele, can't stand the cantankerous old man. But when Adele's mother tells her to go to the station in Berlin and get Eduard off the train, she reluctantly agrees: he's over 90, belongs in a home and there's a war about to break out in eastern Ukraine. Unable to stop Eduard, Adele is forced to jump on the train to Kiev and join him. The journey forces Eduard to confront his true feelings and his past. And Adele slowly begins to realize that Eduard's war, which she always thought had nothing to do with her, is the key to who she is.