Shores of Hope / Wir wollten aufs Meer
Toke Constantin Hebbeln, Germany, 2012.
Directed by: Toke Constantin Hebbeln
Script: Toke Constantin Hebbeln, Ronny Schalk
Producer: Nico Hofmann, Ariane Krampe, Jürgen Schuster, Manuel Bickenbach, Alexander Bickenbach
Production company: UFA Cinema, Frisbeefilms GmbH & Co KG
Cinematography: Felix Novo de Oliveira
Editing: Simon Blasi
Music: Nic Raine
Cast: August Diehl, Alexander Fehling, Ronald Zehrfeld
Format: DCP
Running time: 116'

Rostock, East Germany, 1984. The two friends Cornelis and Andreas have set their sights on seeing the world as sailors of the GDR Merchant Marine. It's a dream they've always shared – and that soon seems doomed to failure. A few years pass and the pals are still on land, working as dockhands. The Stasi then approach them with a proposition: they are to find out whether Conny's foreman is really planning to flee to the West. Their reward: a career at sea. Andreas urges Conny to rat on his boss. Though he refuses, it's too late: Andreas passes the information on to the Stasi. Shortly thereafter, the Stasi start to harass Conny's Vietnamese girlfriend, prompting Conny to flee with her to the West. She makes it, but Conny is caught and sent to prison. The two friends are now firmly in the grip of the Stasi, who expertly play on the registers of hope and longing, deceit and betrayal to shatter not only dreams, but lives, loves and friendships as well.

Directors Biography
Toke Constantin Hebbeln was born in Itzehoe, Germany. He holds a graduate degree in literature and philosophy, and also studied directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. During his studies, he directed more than fifteen award-wining shorts and commercials. His short film Nevermore (2007) won the Student Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. Shores of Hope (2012) is his debut feature film.

Location and screening schedule: TUŠKANAC CINEMA, Monday, October 15th at 19.00
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