Beyond the Blue Border

Feature film / 102 min / 2024

GDR, August 1989: Hanna and Andreas became a target of the secret police and had to give up their plans for their future studies and desired professions. Instead, they face arbitrariness, mistrust and reprisals. Their only chance for a self-determined life lies in fleeing across the Baltic Sea. Fifty kilometres of water separate them from freedom - and only a thin connecting rope around their wrists saves them from absolute loneliness.


Beyond the Blue Border



With: Lena Urzendowsky, Willi Geitmann, Jannis Veihelmann

Writer & Director: Sarah Neumann
Adaptation of a novel by: Dorit Linke
Producers: Karoline Henkel, Jasper Mielke, Arto Sebastian
Producers Film Academy: Nicola Pantzke, Felix Schreiber
Production Manager: Maximilian Seidel
Commissioning Editors: Stefanie Groß (SWR), Jan Berning (SWR)
DoP: Nikolaus Schreiber 
Production Design: Lorena Hahn
Costume Design: Mara Laibacher
Make-Up Artist: Selina Schardt
Editor: Elena Schmidt
Sound Design: Max Hartstang
Music: Dominik Matzka
Casting: Patrick Dreikauss, Natascha Zimmermann



Genre: Historical Drama
Production: Wood Water Films 
co-produced by: SWR, arte
in cooperation with: Film Academy Baden-Württemberg
funded by: MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg
Year of Production: 2024

Germany Premiere: 45th Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival (FFMOP) 2024

Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival
Audience Award Best Film
Best Young Actor for Willi Geitmann
Ecumenical Jury Prize
Filmfest Bremen
Best Film from the Bremen Region
Film Festival Turkey Germany
Grenzland Film Days
achtung berlin Film Festival
Neisse Film Festival
Filmkunstfest MV

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