In Times of Fading Light

by Matti Geschonneck

Based on the best-selling novel by Eugen Ruge, translated into 23 languages and sold to 40 countries.

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 neighbors, 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, unhappily married to the Russian Irina – we experience “In Times of Fading Light” as a snapshot in time, showing us disintegration of a family and a political system.

Genre / Language / Length
Drama / German / 100 minutes
Original title
In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts
directed by
Matti Geschonneck
produced by
MOOVIE in co-production with ZDF
  • Bruno Ganz (THE PARTY, DOWNFALL)
  • Hildegard Schmahl (THE TASTE OF APPLE SEEDS)
  • Sylvester Groth (INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS)
  • Evgenia Dodina (THE ATTACK)
  • Natalia Belitski (JOY OF FATHERHOOD)
  • Alexander Fehling (LABYRINTH OF LIES)
  • Gabriela Maria Schmeide (SYSTEM CRASHER, THE WHITE RIBBON)

Press Quotes

A superb Bruno Ganz

…expertly crafted and emotionally stirring remembrance of things past.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER intelligent film in which psychological finesse combines with historical analysis.