Bright Nights

Thomas Arslan

Germany, Norway201786 MinGerman

Subtitles: EN, FR, ES, IT, UA

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Bright Nights

(Helle Nächte)

Berlin-based engineer Michael must travel to Norway for his father‘s funeral. His sister is unwilling to go, and Michael is left alone with his 14-year-old son Luis, with whom he has always had minimal contact. Michael tries to bond with Luis while exploring the remote region of northern Norway for a few days. But their first trip together is much more difficult than expected. Daily interaction is unfamiliar territory to both, and Luis obviously holds a grudge because of his father‘s negligence. But during these longest days of summer, Michael is determined to break a bittersweet father-son pattern.

  • Starring:  Georg Friedrich, Tristan Göbel, Marie Leuenberger, Hanna Karlberg
  • Production:  Schramm Film
  • International Sales:  The Match Factory

Thomas Arslan

Born in Braunschweig, Germany in 1962, he attended primary school in Ankara from 1967 before completing school in Essen in 1982. After community service (in lieu of military service) in Hamburg, he moved to Munich. He took up a degree in history and German before transferring to the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin in 1986. After several shorts, he presented his debut feature TURN DOWN THE MUSIC at the 1994 Panorama. A professor of narrative film at the Berlin University of the Arts since 2007, he has often taken part in the Berlinale, most recently in 2013 with GOLD in the Competition.

To show people in movement, trying to conquer a trail of some sort, and to find a way to convey it in rhythm and form, that’s cinema for me.

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