SHORES OF HOPE

WIR WOLLTEN AUFS MEER

By Toke Constantin HEBBELN

BETA CINEMA - as SALES All rights, World

Drama - Completed 2012

GDR in the 1980s. Two East German dock workers dream an impossible dream: of sailing out to the sea.

Festivals
& Awards

Toronto - TIFF 2012
Contemporary World Cinema
Sao Paulo IFF 2012
New Directors Competition
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • GERMANY
    • Languages
    • GERMAN
    • Duration
    • 116 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Toke Constantin HEBBELN
    • Writer(s)
    • Ronny SCHALK, Toke Constantin HEBBELN
    • Producer(s)
    • Nico HOFMANN, Ariane KRAMPE, Jürgen SCHUSTER, Manuel BICKENBACH, Alexander BICKENBACH
    • Synopsis
    • Rostock, East Germany, 1984. The two friends Cornelis (“Conny”) 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.
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