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Heimat: Exodus

Heimat: Exodus

A Feature film by Edgard Reitz

Release in France : 23/10/2013


    1842-1844. The story of the Simon family: Johann, a blacksmith, his wife Margret, their three children Lena, older sister to Gustav and Jakob, and the sons' future wives Jettchen and Florinchen. The hand of fate risks destroying this family, but ultimately this is a story of courage and faith in the future.
    Tens of thousands of Germans, suffering famine, poverty and the arbitrary nature of governments, emigrate to South America. 'A fate better than death can be found anywhere.'
    Jakob, the youngest Simon boy, reads any book he can get his hands on and studies the languages of the Amazonian Indians. He dreams of a better world, adventure, a change of scenery and freedom. He decides to emigrate.
    The return of his brother Gustav from military service in the Prussian army sparks a series of events that sorely test Jakob's love and turns his life upside down.

    Actors (11)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Co-productions :

    Les Films du Losange, Arte France Cinéma

    French distribution :

    Les Films du Losange

    Foreign production companies :

    Edgar Reitz Filmproduktions, ARD/Degeto Film GMBH

    Photos (8)

    Full credits (11)

    Assistant directors :

    Salomé Kammer, Nikolai Eberth

    Screenwriters :

    Edgard Reitz, Gert Heidenreich

    Director of Photography :

    Gernot Roll

    Editor :

    Uwe Klimmeck

    Music Composer :

    Michael Riessler

    French distributor :

    Régine Vial

    Sound recordists :

    Marc Parisotto, Philippe Welsh, Etienne Haug

    Co-producer :

    Margaret Menegoz

    Production manager :

    Sylvia Binder

    Production Designers :

    Toni Gerg, Hucky Hornberger

    Costume designer :

    Esther Amuser

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    Feature film

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    France, Germany

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    Runtime :

    2 h 8 min

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    Color and Black & White

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    Digital 5.1

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