Bright Nights

Helle NächteThomas Arslan

Germany, Norway | 2017 | 86 min

German | Subtitles : EN, FR, ES, IT, UK

From 1 - 17 december 2017

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What Arslan shows is the beginning, just barely, of a conciliation. A gesture, a desire, to start the car and drive through the midst of the frosty, beautiful but misty meadows of Norway to, hopefully, come out safely on the other side.

Silver Bear for Best Actor (Georg Friedrich) - Berlin IFF
Hong Kong IFF

Bright Nights

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
Bright Nights

Thomas Arslan, without a doubt the most laconic auteur of the new berlin cinema, invites us on a journey surrounded by the naturally uninhabited regions of Norway and take part in a quiet duel between father and son. Filmmaker of vast spaces Arslan proposes a telluric approach to the conflict between generations by giving priority to visual sensations and sound – music plays an important role in the film – to the detriment of psychology and dialogues.

Olivier Père

Thomas Arslan

Thomas Arslan

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.

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.