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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #166. Christoph Hochhausler’s Lichtjahre

Light Years (Lichtjahre)

Director: Christoph Hochhausler
Writer: Christoph Hochhausler
Producer: Heimatfilm
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Florian David Fitz, Horst Kotterba, Lilith Stanenberg

A member of what’s referred to as the Berlin School of filmmakers, Hochhausler’s last project was part of the Beats Being Dead triptych, a trilogy of films each helmed by a different director (Christian Petzold and Dominik Graf were the other two). This is his fourth feature film, and though he hasn’t produced the same amount of output as several of his contemporaries, we’re curious about what this political thriller will look like.

Gist: Fabian Groys is a renowned journalist of a political news magazine. Together with Nadja, an allocated intern (Lilith Stangenberg), he researched an explosive story about the dubious disability policy of the Bundeswehr. When she breaks away from him because his informant dies, Groys’ attention turns toward a toxic waste scandal. There are increasing signs that the two stories are related, and the mystery picks up speed.

Release Date: Seemingly not ready in time for Berlin, we’re counting on seeing this appear at Cannes where his 2010 film, The City Below premiered in Un Certain Regard.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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