Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Distant Lights
(Lichter)

Year: 2003
Country: GERMANY
Run Time: 105 minutes

Comparisons to Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic" would not be too far off the mark, although narcotics are just about the only thing not being smuggled, bartered or stolen by the many interwoven characters in DISTANT LIGHTS. Here the principle cargo is human refugees from Eastern Europe and fortune-seekers trying to carve a new life along by Oder River borderline between Poland and Germany and in the depressed city of Sublice. Sonja, a Russian language translator for the police, risks her job and her boyfriend's approval to help a complete stranger reach Berlin. A family of black-marketeers comes to blows over Katharina, a pretty teenage drifter and the wild card in their midst. Ingo, a struggling small businessman, and Philip, a hotshot architecture graduate, experience betrayals and backstabs of the free-market economy where anything (and anyone) is up for grabs. Without a wasted moment, the edgy, hand-held camera tracks the ensemble through a landscape of promise and deception where distant lights are the beckoning illusion of prosperity and a better future - or the prowling immigration patrol-boats. (In German, Polish and Russian with English subtitles)

Screenplay
Hans-Christian Schmid, Michael Gutmann

Producer
Jakob Claussen, Thomas W?bke, Uli Putz

Cinematography
Bogumil Godrejow

Editing
Hansj?rg Weissbrich

Principal Cast
Ivan Shvedoff, Anna Janowskaja, Sergei Frolov, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Devid Striesow, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Maria Simon

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