Distant Lights (2003)

Director
Hans-Christian Schmid

Main cast
Ivan Shvedoff; Sergey Frolov; Anna Yanovskaya; Sebastian Urzendowsky; Alice Dwyer

Genres
Drama

Description
Lichter is an episodic tale from Hans-Christian Schmid about the life on the boarder between Germany and Poland. The film sheds light on the everyday stories of escape and desperateness.


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