AS FAR AS MY FEET WILL CARRY ME, feature film,Germany 2001

International Awards:
Prize of Jury Yubari International Filmfestival, Japan 2003
Best Feature Film Autrans International Filmfestival, France 2002
Best production design Milano International Filmfestival, Italy 2002
Best Actor, B.Bettermann Milano International Filmfestival, Italy 2002
Best Feature Film Santander Filmfestival, Spain 2002
Best Cinematography Santander Filmfestival, Spain 2002
Nom. Best Feature Film German Gilde of Arthouse Cinemas 2002
Best Feature Film Houston World Fest 2002
Best Cinematography Houston World Fest 2002
Award of Merit Newport Beach Filmfestival 2002
Special Mention Valenciennes/France 2002
Nom. Best Actor German Film Critics 2002
Audience Award Biberach/Germany 2001
Price of int. Jury Biberach/Germany 2001


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Original title: So Weit Die Füsse Tragen
English title: As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me
French title: Aussi Loin Que Mes Pas Me Portent
Genre: Adventure Drama

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AS FAR AS MY FEET WILL CARRY ME, novel by Josef Martin Bauer, Luebbe, 1955
Known as one of the most successful European adventure-dramas, this novel was translated into 15 languages with more than 30 million copies sold worldwide and has up today been selling on the German market with 90,000 copies annually. An early film-adaption was produced in 1959 as one of the first and most successful German TV-mini-series.

Apart from being a story of extraordinary adventure, awe-inspiring in its bare facts, this book is full of information about the remotest parts of the Soviet Union. Forell is himself no writer, and was at first too deeply scarred both mentally and physically to attempt a connected narrative. Herr Bauer has drawn his story from him, identified himself with it to a remarkable degree and has told it without false heroics, making it into a profoundly impressive book.
(from the jacket of the American translation; 1958)


Never, ever, underestimate the sheer power of the human spirit and the force of will when it is inspired by love. That`s the message of AS FAR AS MY FEET WILL CARRY ME.

Based on Josef Martin Bauer`s novel, this true story is the incredible journey undertaken by German soldier Clemens Forell in his dramatic escape from a Siberian labour camp.

Set against a backdrop of desolate and inhospitable landscape, beset by danger (from both animals and humans), constantly battling the worst nature can throw at him, Forell makes his way, step by step, kilometre by kilometre, towards Persia and the longed-for freedom.

Three years it takes him. Sometimes riding on trains, sometimes by boat, mostly on foot, he covers more than 14,000 kilometres, knowing that every step brings him closer to his goal but never knowing if his next step will also be his last.

In December, 1952, eight years after he left his family and was sent to fight on the Russian front in a war that was already lost, Forell was finally reunited with his wife and children.

AS FAR AS MY FEET WILL CARRY ME is the second feature from Cascadeur Filmproduktion, the partnership between producer Jimmy C. Gerum and the film`s director and co-author Hardy Martins.

Hardy Martins also directed his first film, Cascadeur - The Amber Chamber (1998) (about the search for an ancient Russian treasure looted by the Nazis).

Jimmy C. Gerum`s previous credits as line producer include the comedy It`s A Jungle Out There (Hans-Christian Schmid, 1995) and Goetz George`s rivettingly chilling portrait of a serial killer, Der Totmacher (Romuald Karmakar, 1995).

Hardy Martins, born in 1963 in Baisingen/Baden-Württemberg, trained for two years at the International Stunt Association in Los Angeles and was also taught by Jean Claude Zeferini in Paris for a year. He has worked as a stuntman and stunt coordinator on such productions as Die Katze (1986), Der Sommer des Falken (1987), Dr. M (1990), Manta - Der Film (1990), Go Trabbi Go (1991), In weiter Ferne, so nah! (1992) and Die Sieger (1993). In 1996, he founded Cascadeur Filmproduktion and in 1997, took on the role of producer, director and lead actor for the film Cascadeur - The Amber Chamber (1998).

The film is executive producer Bastian Clevé`s first German production sincereturning from the US in 1991. With a list of credits as long as your arm, his books are now film-school standard texts and he is a Professor at theFilmakademie in Baden-Württemberg.

Co-producer Roland Pellegrino is chairman of CP Medien AG, one of Germany`s most active and successful media funds, with such international hits as the Mike Myers comedy, Austin Powers, the beauty-pageant satire, Drop Dead Gorgeous and Jean Jacques Annaud`s Enemy At The Gates. AS FAR AS MY FEET WILL CARRY ME is their first all-German production.

So weit die Füße tragen

Genre Adventure, Drama
Category Feature Film Cinema
Year of Production 2001
Director Hardy Martins
Screenplay Bernd Schwamm,
Bastian Clevé, Hardy Martins, based on the novel by J.M. Bauer
Director of Photography Pavel Lebeshev
Editor Andreas Marschall
Music by Edward Artemyev
Production Design Valentin Gidulanov
Producers Jimmy C. Gerum, Hardy Martins, Roland Pellegrino, Bastian Clevé
Production Company Cascadeur Filmproduktion, Munich, in co-production with
CP Medien, Stuttgart, B+C Filmproduktion Ludwigsburg
Principal Cast Bernhard Bettermann, Michael Mendl, Irina Pantaeva, Anatoly Kotenyov, Iris Böhm, Andre Hennicke, Hans Uwe Bauer, u.a.
Casting Heide Woicke
Special Effects Jens Döldissen, Christian Bierling
Studio Shooting Belarus Filmstudio, Minsk
Length 158 min, 4323 m
Format 35 mm, color, cs
Original Version German/ Russian
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby Digital SRD
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA)

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