Colours in the Dark

by Sophie Heldman

Anita and Fred, happily married for 50 years, need to start imagining their end in an uncompromising way.

Anita and Fred have been a couple for 50 years, and happily married for nearly as long. They have two grown children, and their grandchildren are finishing school. Both can look back at a fulfilling past, but their lives are still rich and vibrant. The fact that Fred is terribly ill has been hidden from the family. For the first time in all these years, Fred takes some liberties, which his wife interprets as an affront. Never before has she felt so abandoned. Although she starts to question her relationship, a love like theirs cannot end so easily. Indeed it should never end...

Genre / Language / Length
Drama / German / 82 minutes
Original title
Satte Farben vor Schwarz
directed by
Sophie Heldman
produced by
unafilm and Dschoint Ventschr Film Production, in co-production with WDR, arte and SF SRG SSR
  • Bruno Ganz (THE PARTY, DOWNFALL)
  • Senta Berger (WELCOME TO GERMANY)
  • Barnaby Metschurat (L'AUBERGE ESPAGNOLE)
  • Carina Wiese (ALARM FOR COBRA)
  • Leonie Benesch (BABYLON BERLIN)

Press Quotes

“A beautiful, credible, sad and wonderfully unspectacular story”
Süddeutsche Zeitung

“Profoundly impressive!”
Berliner Zeitung

“A plea for great cinema, without kitsch and sentimentalism!”
ARTE Journal

“Senta Berger and Bruno Ganz upstage any Hollywood couple.”