PÖFF : 2021 : BNFF

International premiere

The Shadow Hour

Local title
Varjude tund
Title in Russian
Час теней
Original title
Schattenstunde
Director
Benjamin Martins
Country
Germany
Year
2021
Festival
25th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
Goethe-Institut Presents: New German Cinema, Rebels with a Cause
Genre
biographical film, drama, historical drama

Christian writer, journalist, and poet Jochen Klepper lives with his Jewish wife and his stepdaughter, who is also Jewish, in Germany during the Third Reich. He is one of the most significant chorale writers of the 20th century, but that doesn’t shield him from an existential conflict with the National Socialist system. In late 1942, his wife and stepdaughter are refused permission to leave the country, and their deportation to a concentration camp appears imminent. When Adolf Eichmann forces him to choose between his career and his marriage, Klepper makes an unheard-of decision: a decision that thousands of Germans in mixed marriages made with him. So quietly that even today only a few have heard of it.

In this outstanding debut director Benjamin Martins chooses an unconventional cinematic approach to convey the sense of being trapped in a cruel political environment.

Christoph Gröner

Director
Benjamin Martins
Screenwriter
Benjamin Martins
Cast
Christoph Kaiser, Beate Krist, Sarah Palarczyk, Dirk Waanders, Klaus Rodewald
Producer
Benjamin Martins, Floriana Maddalena Maiello
DoP
Malte Papenfuss
Editor
Malte Papenfuss
Music
Max Schuller
Production
Herbsthund Filme
World sales
Media Luna New Films
Runtime
Language
German
Subtitles
Estonian, English
Other festivals
Munich
Director
Benjamin Martins

Danke tote Katze (2019), Schattenstunde (The Shadow Hour, 2021)

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Screenings

Hall 4 LUXE Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening100304 / Varjude tund
SubtitlesEnglish
Q&A guestsChristoph Kaiser - lead Actor, Benjamin Martins - Director, Beate Krist - lead Actress
Q&A duration
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Hall Electric Cinema
Screening162204 / Varjude tund
SubtitlesEnglish
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Hall 4 LUXE Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening170304 / Varjude tund
SubtitlesEnglish
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Virtual hall Online Cinema
ScreeningVarjude tund
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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