Faraway, So Close! (1993)
"In weiter Ferne, so nah!" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Fantasy, Drama, Mystery  |  21 December 1993 (USA)
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A group of angels in the German capital look longingly upon the life of humans.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Baker
Himself (as Michail S. Gorbatschow)
Rüdiger Vogler ...
Monika Hansen ...
Hanna / Gertrud Becker
Günter Meisner ...
Ronald Nitschke ...
Hanns Zischler ...
Dr. Becker


A group of angels in the German capital look longingly upon the life of humans.

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Rated PG-13 for language | See all certifications »




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Release Date:

21 December 1993 (USA)  »

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Faraway, So Close!  »

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$810,455 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Yella Rottländer appears in a cameo as the guardian angel of Phillip Winter, played by Rüdiger Vogler, recomposing the couple of leading actors in Wim Wenders's Alice in the Cities (1974) after 20 years. See more »


After Cassiel meets Anton Becker and returns to Angelo's pizzeria, he meets Emit Flesti and Damiel puts his flour stained hands on Flesti's shoulder, leaving a white mark on the black suit. The next time we see Flesti, moments later, there is no white mark. See more »


Emit Flesti: Let me explain a couple of things. Time is short. That's the first thing. For the weasel, Time is a weasel. For the hero, Time is heroic. For the whore, Time is just another trick. If you're gentle, your Time is gentle. If you're in a hurry, Time flies. Time is a servant, if you are its master. Time is your god, if you are its dog. We are the creators of Time, the victims of Time, and the killers of Time. Time is timeless. That's the second thing. You are the clock, Cassiel.
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The film is dedicated to actor Curt Bois who worked with Wim Wenders in "Der Himmel über Berlin". See more »


Referenced in Begleiter (2006) See more »


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Written and Performed by Jane Siberry
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Beauty, as they say, is in the eye of the beholder
15 September 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is exceptional. It never fails to make me cry. It is a contemporary Epic Poem about an Angel who enters time and becomes human in order to become more skillful at his eternal task. It is long (nearly 2.5 hours) and probably a little challenging for short attention spans. The cinematography is stunning. The script is incredibly complicated with hidden messages and multiple levels of symbolism. It won the Prix du Jury at Cannes (1993). It doesn't suck.

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