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July 6 @ 10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm


At the turn of the 20th century, the young orphan Andreas is sent to live with his ruthless uncle on a farm in a remote valley.  Treated not as family but as a worker, Andreas endures a childhood without affection, full of brutality and hard labour.  At the age of 18, Andreas has seen only hardship but finds the courage to leave his oppressor.  Though partly crippled by his uncle, he has grown into a strong man and finds work as a woodsman.  He works on the construction of an invention: the mountain ropeway.  Andreas is no stranger to hard labour, and now that he is earning his own money, he buys himself a small plot of land with a cabin high up in the valley.  He soon finds something he has never experienced before: love.  Marie immediately becomes the light of his life, but his dream of a happy life together is soon shattered.  Feeling despondent, Andreas enlists as a soldier in the German Wehrmacht.  Coming face to face with death in the Russian Caucasus, he thinks only of Marie.  Having survived the madness of the second World War, Andreas returns to the valley and to a changed world.  With Marie always in his heart, Andreas accepts and cherishes the time he has left with serenity.  Based on the world bestseller by Robert Seethaler, published in more than 40 languages.

Director: Hans Steinbichler
Writers: Ulrich Limmer (screenplay) | Robert Seethaler (based on his bestselling novel)
Producers: Theodor Gringel | Skady Lis | Timm Oberwelland | Dieter Pochlatko & 2 more
Composer: Matthias Weber
Cinematographer: Armin Franzen
Editor: Ueli Christen
Casting: DirectorNicole Schmied
Production: DesignersMarcel Beranek | Jurek Kuttner
Genre:  Drama | Literary Adaptation
Running Time: 108 min
Country: Austria | Germany
Language: German
Premiere: West Coast
Principal Cast:  Stefan Gorski, August Zirner, Julia Franz, Richter,Thomas Schubert, Andreas Lust, Robert Stadlober
Distributor:  Picture-Tree International
Trailer:  https://pro.imdb.com/title/tt19287686/videos

Awards:  1 win & 5 nominations:


Bavarian Film Awards

Won, Bavarian Film Award
Best Actor (Darstellerpreis):  Stefan Gorski

Cleveland International Film Festival

Nominated, International Narrative Competition
Best Feature Film:  Hans Steinbichler

German Film Awards

Nominated, Film Award in Gold
Best Makeup (Bestes Maskenbild):  Helene Lang
Nominated, Film Award in Gold
Best Sound (Beste Tongestaltung):  Max VornehmChristof EbhardtChristian Bischoff
Nominated, Film Award in Gold
Outstanding Feature Film (Bester Spielfilm):  Dieter PochlatkoTimm OberwellandTheodor Gringel
Nominated, Film Award in Gold
Best Production Design (Bestes Szenenbild):  Jurek KuttnerHanna BoweBernadette WeinzierlMarcel Beranek



July 6
10:00 am to approx. 12:30 pm
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Historic Camelot Theatre @ the Palm Springs Cultural Center
2300 E Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States


Desert Film Society
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