Schattenwelt

  • 91'
  • Germany
  • 2008
Long Shadows starts with the early release of the RAF terrorist Widmer, who has to find his way in a changed German society after 22 years in jail. Sentenced for the murder of a businessman and his gardener, he bears the burden of a heavy political heritage. He gets an apartment beside another client of his lawyer, the young Valerie, whose son has been taken into care because of a single case of abuse by his mother. The two do not seem to be more than average neighbours, but their first encounters quickly make one suspect a different scenario.
Long Shadows is not another classic RAF drama, but focuses without idealisation or sentimentality on the scars left by the deeds of the RAF on the second and third-generation victims. The composed rhythm of the film hides the complex psychology of a young woman who wants to avenge the death of her father and the desire of a terrorist to see his son, with whom he has never had contact since his detention. The director increasingly allows their worlds and those of the lawyer and an investigator to become entangled, until there's a new and violent climax with another innocent victim. Guilt, revenge and liberation acquire an under-cooled layer in Long Shadows that, told chronologically, keeps adopting new, unpredictable dimensions right up to the end.


Director
Connie Walther
Country of production
Germany
Production Year
2008
Festival Edition
IFFR 2009
Length
91'
Medium
35mm
International title
Long Shadows
Language
German
Producer
Clementina Hegewisch
Production Companies
Next Film Filmproduktion, GAMBIT Film und Fernsehproduktion
Sales
Sola Media GmbH
Screenplay
Connie Walther, Uli Herrmann, Peter-Jürgen Boock
Cinematography
Birgit Gudjonsdottir
Editor
Karen Lönneker
Production Design
Agi Dawaachu
Sound Design
Bernhard Joest-Däberitz
Music
Rainer Oleak
Cast
Franziska Petri