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Germany, 2013, 113 Minute Running Time
Topics: Drama, History, Western
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: German English Sub-Titles

The Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1890s infected dreamers all over the world with mining fever, spurring them to depart for the uncharted wilderness of northwest Canada.

Inspired by period diaries and photographs, this astutely cast, beautifully crafted drama of betrayal, romance and the unforgiving frontier life tells the story of a diverse group of Germans who set off with great hopes. It is an involving, naturalistic period piece, full of tension and immediacy that satisfyingly exploits the conventions of the late-era western as well as its ruggedly majestic landscapes.

Blowhard Wilhelm Laser leads seven compatriots as they set off from Ashcroft, Canada’s northern-most railway terminus, in the summer of 1898. Among the party are cautious and capable Emily (Nina Hoss, Barbara), eager to make a new life for herself; Joseph Rossman, determined to escape poverty for the sake of his family; and whisky-slugging journalist Gustav Muller. They’re supported by cooks Otto and Maria Dietz, who drive the covered wagon, and experienced horse wrangler Carl Boehmer, the only one with a real notion of the enormous hardships they will face…

DIRECTOR: Thomas Arslan
Producer: Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber
Editor: Bettina Böhler
Screenwriter: Thomas Arslan
Cinematographer: Patrick Orth
Music: Dylan Carlson
Principal Cast: Nina Hoss, Marko Mandic, Uwe Bohm, Peter Kurth
Filmography: In the Shadows (2009)
Vacation (2007)
A Fine Day (2001)
Dealer (1999)

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