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Distant Lights (2003)

Lichter (original title)
This movie reflects on the situation around the border between Poland and Germany. The fate of many single characters creates a picture of life in this region: Some Ukrainians want to cross... See full summary »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrzej Górak Andrzej Górak ... LKW Fahrer
Anna Yanovskaya Anna Yanovskaya ... Anna (as Anna Janowskaja)
Sergey Frolov Sergey Frolov ... Dimitri (as Sergej Frolov)
Bartek Wójtowicz Bartek Wójtowicz ... Petja
Ivan Shvedoff ... Kolya
Andrej Liousikov Andrej Liousikov ... Oleg
Sergey Kalantay ... Flüchtling
Nikolaus Kieselmann Nikolaus Kieselmann ... Flüchtling
Juri Konkov Juri Konkov ... Flüchtling
Wojciech Klimowicz Wojciech Klimowicz ... Flüchtling
Boris Raskin Boris Raskin ... Flüchtling
Jana Pfeffer Jana Pfeffer ... Flüchtling
Martin Kiefer ... Marko
Peter Obermann Peter Obermann ... Zollbeamter
Alice Dwyer ... Katharina
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Storyline

This movie reflects on the situation around the border between Poland and Germany. The fate of many single characters creates a picture of life in this region: Some Ukrainians want to cross the border illegal to get into Germany, a company wants to build a new factory, a Polish taxi driver desperately needs money to buy his daughter a communion dress, and so on. Written by Benjamin Stello

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Taglines:

Willkommen in der Wirklichkeit

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Drama

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Official Sites:

Official site [Germany]

Country:

Germany

Language:

German | Polish | Russian

Release Date:

31 July 2003 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Au feu! See more »

Filming Locations:

Kunowice, Lubuskie, Poland See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In one of the key scenes of "Lichter", the translator Sonja (Maria Simon) and her friend Christoph (Janek Rieke) talk to a Polish student (Kamil Majchrzak) in a stairwell while searching for Kamil (Marek Zeranski), who gave shelter to a Ukrainian migrant named Kolja (Ivan Shvedoff) in his shared student flat.

In real life Kamil Majchrzak also worked as a researcher for the screenplay and was assistant director to Hans-Christian Schmid. At the same time, Majchrzak studied law and counseled refugees at the EU border on asylum. Michael Gutmann named the character "Kamil" as a homage. Source: Audio commentary from the German DVD-edition edited by Prokino. See more »

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At least something to think about
21 January 2004 | by DeutscherSoldatSee all my reviews

The acting was good, and the story kind of interesting.

I don´t think it is an important film, but it gives you something to think about. To think about human behaviour etc.

To be a really good film I missed a lot of explanations. For example why the family wanted to leave the Ukraine. Why they took a little baby with them? I wouldn`t make such a dangerous journey with a baby if it wouldn`t be really necessary. So the story about the Ukrainians didn`t work for me.

6/10.


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