Arisha, the Bear and the Stone Ring

“The bear leaves Berlin. It is fed up with its city. On the way two Russian ladies, Anna and her daughter Arisha, hire him as a driver. They are joined by a Santa Claus who despises Christmas and a Vietnamese family who are on their way to the sea. They sing a song together, The Weeping Song by Nick Cave. And they are out to find a stone ring that is buried on the beach.

The film was commissioned by a Japanese car museum. There you could see the film with six smells (!), sitting on car seats that would tilt in corners and shake on cobble stone pavement.

This small film saved a big one’s life: FARAWAY, SO CLOSE! could not have been finished for financial reasons if this opportunity to make a short film with the same team had not arisen. That is how we financed the last week of shooting FARAWAY, SO CLOSE!.”


Germany 1992
Length: 29 Min
Format: 35mm and Video Hi8 Color, 1:1,85; Dolby Stereo
Language: German, Russian

Cast and crew

Production: Wim Wenders Produktion (Berlin) Director: Wim Wenders Producer: Wim Wenders Screenplay: Wim Wenders Director of Photography: Jürgen Jürges Editor: Wim Wenders, Peter Przygodda Sound: Gunther Kortwich Cast: Rüdiger Vogler, Anna Vronskaya, Arina Voznenska, Wim Wenders

Assistant Director: Scott Kirby Script: Caroline Veyssière Assistant Camera: Siegmar Brüggenthies Materials Assistant: Donata Schmidt Gaffer: Jürgen Bosse Video: Wolfgang Dinslage Props: Gonda Hinrichs, Andreas Schürmeyer Sets: Claus Gerling, Set Assistant: Peter Kosel, Bernd Schultz Make-Up: Christine Atar Wardrobe: Esther Walz Assistant Editor: Anne Schnee, Leni Savietto-Pütz Sound Assistant: Andreas Walter Foley: Karl-Heinz Reiber Mixer: Hartmut Eichgrün Re-Recording Mixer: Gunther Kortwich Sound Adviser: Hubert Henle Music: Laurent Petitgand, Nick Cave, The Kinks Executive Producer: Jolanda Darbyshire, Katsumi Yutani Line Producer: Michael Schwarz Production Manager: Karsten Brünig Location Manager: Anton Rey Production Assistant: Nora Wischnat Production Coordinator: Claudia Bade, Uwe Kossmann First TV Broadcast (DE): 26.12.1995, ZDF World Sales: HanWay Films

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