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Train Birds (1998)
"Zugvögel - ... einmal nach Inari" (original title)

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Hannes is a beer-truck driver in Dortmund. His biggest dream is to win the first prize at the International Time-Table Contest in Inari (Finland). When his new boss cancels his extra ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joachim Król ...
Hannes Weber
Sirpa Salonen
Kommissar Franck
Antje Schmidt ...
Die Kleine vom Supermarkt
Nina Petri ...
Frau Kößner, Sekretärin
Charlie Hendricks ...
Kalle, Entlassener
Johannes Herrschmann ...
Dagmar Sachse ...
Anna Posthoff ...
Kind im Zug
Hilmi Sözer ...
Harry, Assistent
Oliver Marlo ...
Lako, Schlafwagenschaffner
Karl-Heinz, Inari-Fan
Beatrix Albl ...
Frau im Trenchcoat
Didi Jünemann ...
Hein, Zugprüfer


Hannes is a beer-truck driver in Dortmund. His biggest dream is to win the first prize at the International Time-Table Contest in Inari (Finland). When his new boss cancels his extra holidays to go there, Hans goes mad... On his journey to Finland by train, followed by the police, he meets lot of folks and the love of his life. Written by Sascha Tubbesing <>

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Release Date:

9 July 1998 (Germany)  »

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Train Birds  »

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DEM 380,629 (Germany) (24 July 1998)


DEM 1,481,625 (Germany) (24 July 1998)

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In Helsinki, Sirpa puts water on her husband's computer keyboard. It's a German keyboard with umlauts (ä,ö,ü) instead of a Finnish one. See more »

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Weird story embedded in realist setting
17 February 2001 | by (Madison, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

I definitely enjoyed viewing this film at one of its first showings at Filmfest Hamburg back in 1998. I especially admire the almost documentary-like realism with which the long train trip from Germany to Kemijärvi, Finland is depicted (seems that the ferry company Silja line sponsored the film - after all, its ship gets a lot of footage). As to the story, it seemed rather weird to me despite the fact that my own attitude towards trains and timetables is not so far removed from that of the film's protagonist. And isn't it awkward that this "International contest of train timetable experts" takes place, of all, in Inari, which was never reached by any railway, forcing the participants to take a bus for the last stage of their journey?

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