Too Far Away (Zu weit weg)
Feb. 7, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
US West Coast Premiere
In Person: Director Sarah Winkenstette
88 min. Germany (2019)
German w/ English subtitles
Director: Sarah Winkenstette
Starring: Yoran Leicher, Sohbi Awad, Andreas Nickl, Mohamed Achour, Anna Böttcher
Producers: Jonas Weydemann, Jakob D. Weydemann, Milena Klemke, Yvonne Wellie
Screenwriter: Susanne Finken
Director of Photography: Monika Plura
Editor: Nicole Kortlüke
Production: Weydemann Bros.
Clip (in German):
Winner of the 2020 Berlin & Beyond Film Festival Youth 4 German Cinema Award
11-year-old Ben's village will soon be only an open brown coal mine. He and his family move to a nearby city but Ben fails to fit in at his new school. Bullied, he returns secretly to his old, abandoned home. His one pleasure, football, pales with the arrival of 12-year-old Tariq, a Syrian refugee and better player. But when bureaucracy stops Tariq from playing and he runs away, Ben finds him and learns that Tariq is desperate to be reunited with his scattered family. To cheer him up, Ben shares his biggest secret: the village. Jealousy on the football field becomes friendship and understanding. So when Tariq's brother calls from Amsterdam, wanting Tariq to join him, he will leave with happy memories and Ben can finally feel at home in his new life.
Too Far Away was presented at the following international film festivals in 2019: Molodist (Kyiv, Ukraine), Giffoni (Italy), Zurich (Switzerland), Black Nights (Tallinn, Estonia). Chicago Int. Children's Film Festival.
This special presentation is made possible through a collaboration with the Goethe-Institut's online youth portal Step Into German.