|Cast:||Bruno Ganz, Hildegard Schmahl, Sylvester Groth, Evgenia Dodina|
Director: Matti Geschonneck • Cast: Bruno Ganz, Hildegard Schmahl, Sylvester Groth, Evgenia Dodina, Alexander Fehling
East Berlin, in the early autumn of ’89. The Powileit family celebrate 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’s 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 the “Time of Fading Light” as a snapshot in time of the disintegration of a family and of a political system.