Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

The Final Journey
(Leanders letzte Reise)


Year: 2017
Country: GERMANY
Run Time: 105 minutes

The Final Journey
The Final Journey
The Final Journey
The Final Journey

When his wife passes away, Eduard decides it’s time to revisit his past in this beautifully shot and expertly acted film. Reluctantly along for the ride is Eduard’s granddaughter Adele, who hasn’t had much of a relationship with her grandfather. While Eduard has spent his life hiding from his past, Adele begins slowly learning more and more about him. And it isn’t long before the motivation for this road trip becomes clear. Set during the beginning of the Ukraine / Russian conflict of 2014, THE FINAL JOURNEY follows Eduard and Adele as they travel from Germany to the Ukraine in search of a woman Eduard loved while fighting with the Cossacks against Russia during WWII. Providing a fascinating perspective on past wars, THE FINAL JOURNEY doesn’t shy away from the emotional impact of spending one’s life feeling the effects of one war while heading straight into another one—literally and figuratively. Life’s a harrowing journey for children of war. (In German and Russian with subtitles) —T.W.

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Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 1:20 PM

Friday, April 13, 2018 at 7:05 PM

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 11:50 AM

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German Film Focuses on Family, Conflict, and Confronting the Past


Nick Baker-Monteys

Nick Baker-Monteys was born in Berlin in 1964. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Stirling in Scotland. He worked as a journalist for different London newspapers before moving back to Berlin in 1990. Since then he has worked in Germany as a writer, director, and script consultant for cinema and television. He is also a guest lecturer and tutor at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin.

Der Mann, der über Autos sprang (2010), THE FINAL JOURNEY (2017)

Christian Alvart, Sigi Kamml, Timm Oberwelland

Nick Baker-Monteys, Alexandra Umminger

Eeva Fleig

Dagmar Lichius

Principal Cast
Juergen Prochnow, Petra Schmidt-Schaller, Tambet Tuisk, Suzanne von Borsody

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