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Night Train to Lisbon

Nachtzug nach Lissabon

Peter Reichenbach (Producer)
Ana Costa (Co-Producer)
Günther Russ (Producer)
Mélanie Laurent (Actress)
Jeremy Irons (Actor)
Bille August (Director)
Martina Gedeck (Actress)
Jack Huston (Actor)
Jenni Zylka (Moderation)

Raimund Gregorius is a Latin teacher from Berne. When he encounters a book by the Portuguese poet and doctor Amadeu de Prado, he drops everything and takes the night train to Lisbon. He is determined to find out more about this writer who appears to have been obsessed by the very same questions that plague him: the purpose of human deeds and the unrealised potential of each and every life. His restless quest across Lisbon uncovers a contradictory portrait of a clever and brave yet conflicted man who lived at the time of Salazar’s dictatorship. Amadeu is the son of a conformist judge. His closest friend is Jorge, the son of a persecuted officer from the opposition. Their friendship almost comes to an end when Amadeu is obliged to follow his oath and save the life of one of the regime’s thugs. But then he too is forced to go underground. There he meets and falls in love with the beautiful and intelligent Estefania – who also happens to be Jorge’s girlfriend … As Gregorius pieces together the writer’s puzzling life, his investigations become a journey of self-discovery.
Night Train to Lisbon is the screen adaptation of Pascal Mercier’s best-selling novel.

Germany / Switzerland / Portugal 2013, 110 min


Bille August


Jeremy Irons
Mélanie Laurent
Jack Huston
Martina Gedeck
Tom Courtenay

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