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THE BLIND FLYERS

by Bernd Sahling

synopsis

Marie and Inga, both 13, do not differ from other teenagers except in one way: they are blind. They love music and when they hear that a school band is recruiting extras for a TV contest, they get carried away. The others agree at the audition that the girls are talented but their blindness is not a media asset. Their lives suddenly take a new turn when they help Herbert, a young Russian émigré, to hide from the police. He wants to return to his homeland, against his father's wish, but needs money for his ticket. Inga comes up with the idea that the three play music on the streets: "The Blind Flyers" are a success and make money but their luck is short-lived.

international title: The Blind Flyers
original title: Die Blindgänger
country: Germany
sales agent: Sola Media GmbH
year: 2004
genre: fiction
directed by: Bernd Sahling
film run: 88'
release date: DE 28/10/2004, NL 28/10/2004, GR 07/01/2005, BE 23/02/2005
screenplay: Bernd Sahling, Helmut Dziuba
cast: Dominque Horwitz, Ricarda Ramünke, Maria Rother, Dennis Ritter, Oleg Rabcuk, Dieter Montag
cinematography by: Peter Ziesche
film editing: Karola Mittelstädt
art director: Agi Ariunsaichan Dawaachu
costumes designer: Sabine Greuning
music: Christian Steyer
producer: Ingelore _König | Dagmar _Ungureit
production: Kinderfilm GmbH, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)
backing: BKM, Mitteldeutsche Medienfoerderung, Filmboard Berlin-Brandenburg, EKD
distributor: MFA Filmdistribution