PATHS IN THE NIGHT
Walter is out of a job. Once vested with a certain purpose, power and function, he is now less and less able to see any meaning in life of adjust to the present.Updated: Jul 22, 2003 11:48 IST
PATHS IN THE NIGHT
Original Title:Wegein die Nacht
Director: Andreas Kleinert
The film opens with shots of a former factory, which has been shut down. Walter is out of a job. Once vested with a certain purpose, power and function, he is now less and less able to see any meaning in life of adjust to the present.
His wife, Sylvia, works in a pub. He works in the garden around an idyllic weekend cabin – a remnant of better times. At night he is often out with a young woman, Gina, and her stepbrother René, riding commuter trains in Berlin.
The three intervene whenever a fight breaks out, and brutally beat up those who disturb the peace. Sylvia senses that her husband is feeling persecuted. The day comes when he realises that society does not need him. As this knowledge matures, he becomes a danger to himself and to his surroundings….
Andreas Hoge, Steven Garling
Cornelia Schmaus, Dirk Borchardt, Henriette Heinze, Hilmar Thate, Ingeborg Westphal, Roland Schäfer
Production: O Filmproduktion, Loprich & Schlosser / ZDF / Studio Babelsberg Independents 35mm / b-w / 98 mins.
Born in East Berlin in 1962, Andreas Kleinert trained at the DEFA Film and served as assistant to director such as Rainer Simon and Hermann Zschoche. He then enrolled in the Babelsberg Academy of Film and television where he made several shorts and documentaries.
His first feature film, Adieu Joseph, won the main prize at the International Festival of Film Academies in Munich in 1989, and was nominated for a Students' Oscar a year later.
In 1992, Lost Landscape won an Adolf Grimme Prize in silver for screenplay and direction. Beside the Times (1995) got the Viewers’ award in Saarbrücken and Schwerin, while his film essay No Man's Land was nominated for a Grimme prize.
In 1997, In the Name of Innocence was shown at the Venice Festival and In 1999, his film Paths in the Night opened the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, an honour which had not been granted to a German director before.
First Published: Jul 22, 2003 11:48 IST