29th Galway Film Fleadh 11th – 16th July 2017
“Thematically, dramatically and visually, this is a sombre, intelligent piece in which psychological finesse combines with historical analysis to result in genuine dramatic heft.”
— Screen Daily
East Berlin, in the early autumn of ’89. The Powileit family celebrates the 90th birthday of Wilhelm, a former resistance fighter, returned expatriate and incorrigible Stalinist. His wife, Charlotte, is hosting the festivities
where neighbours, acquaintances and dignitaries deliver flowers and give speeches as if nothing were amiss in the outside world.
But someone is missing, and he is the only one who, in Charlotte’s opinion, knows how to set up the extending table for the cold buffet: Sascha, her grandson. No one suspects that Sascha fled to West Germany just a few days ago.
Through the eyes of Sascha’s father, Kurt – a historian, Gulag survivor, and unhappily married to the Russian Irina –
In Times of Fading Light shows us the disintegration of a family and a political system.
Based on the best-selling novel by Eugen Ruge, translated into 23 languages and sold to 40 countries.
Official Selection: Berlin International Film Festival
Director Matti Geschonneck
Cast Bruno Ganz, Hildegard Schmahl, Sylvester Groth & Evgenia Dodina
Script Wolfgang Kohlhaase
Producers Oliver Berben & Sarah Kirkegaard
Presented in co-operation with Goethe-Institut Irland