Year: 2009
Run Time: 90 minutes

A giant shadow glides across wheat fields, cities, open plains. As it passes silently overhead, the faces of thousands of people turn skyward. The Graf Zeppelin, the granddaddy of all airships and a behemoth of 776 feet, is on its first round-the-world flight. Sponsored by American newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, the Graf took off from New Jersey in August 1929 with English reporter Grace Drummond-Hay on board. An actress reading for Lady Hay, the first woman to circumnavigate the globe by air, narrates FAREWELL. Told in the form of an invented diary set to breathtaking documentary images of the zeppelin's majestic flight, the film brings to life Lady Hay's vivacious personality and the buoyancy of the 20s, when technology seemed to be ushering in a new world of tomorrow. Though dedicated to her writing, Lady Hay is distracted by her feelings about travelling with respected fellow journalist Karl von Wiegand, a married man with whom she has had an affair. But Lady Hay's simple longings and optimism will soon be things of the past. The era of the great airships will slip away, and faith in the future will be overshadowed by depression and war. –B.B.

CIFF35 Screenings

Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Monday, March 28, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Ditteke Mensink

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou

Olivier Nakache, Éric Toledano

Mathieu Vadepied

Dorian Rigal-Ansous

Principal Cast
François Cluzet, Omar Sy

Director Bio
Ditteke Mensink is a respected Dutch writer and director. This is her first film in English; it took nine years of research.

Select Filmography
"Vreemd Land" (1995), "Wonen in een tekening" (1995), "Is dit nu liefde?" (1999), "Per saldo: Bouwwoede" (2000), FAREWELL (2009)

Print Source

Films Transit

Email: info@filmstransit.com

This film is presented in the memory of ALLENE E. SHEPHERD, M.S., R.D. (1919-2010)

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