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Film | Neu - Partner

In Times of Fading Light (In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts)

© Beta Film
© Beta Film
Sunday, November 5, 2:30 pm

Germany, 2017, 100 min., Director: Matti Geschonneck, Screenplay: Wolfgang Kohlhaase, With: Bruno Ganz, Hildegard Schmahl, Sylvester Groth, World Sales: Beta Cinema GmbH

  • Nomination - Film Award in Gold (German Film Awards, 2017)
Discussion with Forrest Finch will take place in the lounge following the screening.

In the early fall of 1989, the days of communist Germany are numbered as the structures of East Germany are starting to give in to the pressures of the West and the peaceful revolution. But in the living room of the Powileits, time stands still:  it’s Wilhelm’s 90th birthday. A former resistance fighter and exile, he is an unapologetically hardline communist veteran. His wife Charlotte invited neighbors and friends to celebrate this special occasion. But chaos sneaks in as an uninvited guest as Sascha, apparently the only person capable of setting up the expandable buffet table, fails to show up. While everybody does their best to pretend that the outside world is still as it was, a big, scandalous surprise waits in the wings: Sascha defected to the West a few days ago…

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Matti Geschonneck © BETA

Matti Geschonnek
(b. 1952, Potsdam), who grew up in East Germany, created an empathetic adaptation of Eugen Ruge’s semi-autobiographical bestseller about an established family gathering during the final days before the fall of the Wall.