In Times of Fading Light

In Times of Fading Light

In Times of Fading Light

The cracks in a crumbling regime are exposed as an elite family gather in East Berlin to celebrate their failing patriarch’s 90th in his historical tragicomedy based on a German bestseller.

"East Berlin in the early autumn of 1989. Wilhelm Powileit is grinning and bearing his 90th birthday with stoic indifference ... A staunch communist for the past 75 years, he fled from Nazi Germany and lived in exile in Mexico. Meanwhile his stepson Kurt was arrested in Moscow as an alleged counter-revolutionary. After his return to East Germany, Wilhelm had only limited possibilities of a party career in the SED due to being an ‘émigré from the West’. But today the Young Pioneers are serenading him and he is being decorated with medals. Whilst Wilhelm vehemently denies that his ideal of a better world was nothing but a fantasy and that the high hopes of yesteryear have been smothered by bureaucracy and fear, the younger generation is leaving the country. And cracks have appeared in his own family that are also beyond repair." (Berlin International Film Festival)

2017Rating: M, Adult themes100 minsGermanyGerman and Russian with English subtitles
ComedyDramaWorld Cinema

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Screen Daily

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Thematically, dramatically and visually, this is a sombre, intelligent piece in which psychological finesse combines with historical analysis to result in genuine dramatic heft.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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In Times of Fading Light is not the first movie to deal with the collapse of the old Eastern Bloc, but it is one of the most even-handed and humane to date...

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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Thematically, dramatically and visually, this is a sombre, intelligent piece in which psychological finesse combines with historical analysis to result in genuine dramatic heft.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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In Times of Fading Light is not the first movie to deal with the collapse of the old Eastern Bloc, but it is one of the most even-handed and humane to date...

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