Timeless (film)

Last updated
Timless Tuschinski Poster.jpg
Directed by Alexander Tuschinski
Produced byAlexander Tuschinski
Written byAlexander Tuschinski
Starring Sebastian B
Alexander Tuschinski
Helmut Berger
Harry Lennix
Rick Shapiro
Angus Macfadyen
Zachi Noy
Alliene Hochrein Gunn
Jennifer Pakosch
David Pakosch
Cinematography Matthias Kirste
Alexander Tuschinski
Edited byAlexander Tuschinski
Release date
  • November 27, 2016 (2016-11-27)(Paris Independent Film Festival)
Running time
108 minutes
LanguageGerman with English scenes

Timeless is a 2016 German science fiction film directed by Alexander Tuschinski. Besides many German actors, it stars Helmut Berger, [1] Harry Lennix, Rick Shapiro, Angus Macfadyen and Zachi Noy. [2] It had its world premiere at Paris Independent Film Festival on November 27, 2016. [3]



The film is about a young man, Arnold Richter, who suddenly travels in time from Germany 1932 to a near-future where a new dictatorship rises. There he gets involved in events and adventures which lead to a full-blown revolution. [2]


Helmut Berger (right) and Alexander Tuschinski on the set of Timeless (2015) Helmut Berger Alexander Tuschinski Set Timeless.jpg
Helmut Berger (right) and Alexander Tuschinski on the set of Timeless (2015)

The production was filmed in Germany. The cast mostly consisted of German actors, such as David Pakosch, along with Helmut Berger, Harry Lennix, Rick Shapiro, Angus Macfadyen and Zachi Noy. Alexander Tuschinski wrote many major parts specifically with the actors portraying them in mind, [4] and worked on the characters in close connection with the actors during preparation and during filming. [5]

For sequences set on the Eastern Front in 1945, the film uses one of the few drivable Soviet T-34/85 tanks in Germany. [6] Those scenes were filmed near Dresden. Sequences depicting American troops on the Western Front in 1944 were filmed in an old factory building in Stuttgart. [2]

The film was scheduled to have its world premiere in 2016. [7] After multiple festival screenings in 2017 (among them at Berlin Independent Film Festival [8] and Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival where it won "Best International Film" [9] ) it was released on Amazon in January 2018.

Related Research Articles

Helmut Berger Austrian actor

Helmut Berger is an Austrian film and television actor. Berger, who often portrayed narcissistic and sexually ambiguous characters, was one of the stars of the European cinema in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Cheek by Jowl International theatre company

Cheek by Jowl is an international theatre company founded in the United Kingdom by director Declan Donnellan and designer Nick Ormerod in 1981. Donnellan and Ormerod are Cheek by Jowl's artistic directors and together direct and design all of Cheek by Jowl's productions. The company's recent productions include an Italian-language version of Thomas Middleton's The Revenger's Tragedy, Russian-language productions of William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure and Francis Beaumont's The Knight of the Burning Pestle, an English-language production of The Winter's Tale and a French-language production of Shakespeare's Pericles, Prince of Tyre. Cheek by Jowl is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and an Associate Company of the Barbican Centre, London.

Anthony Green is an English actor known for playing Station Officer Mick Callaghan in the series finale of London's Burning.

Ludwig Blochberger German actor

Ludwig Blochberger is a German actor. He is best known for his appearance in the coming of age movie Summer Storm dealing with issues around sexual orientation. He also appeared on Germany TV drama programmes including, The Old Fox, Tatort, and Kommissar Dupin. Furthermore he portrayed the ypun Helmut Schmidt, in the TV documentary drama Helmut Schmidt - Lebensfragen.

Hugo Niebeling

Hugo Niebeling was a German film director and producer. He had been particularly noted for his work on industrial and music films, and is considered one of the most important renewers of these genres in Germany. His style is credited to have influenced and helped create the modern music video. His feature-film documentary Alvorada was nominated for an Academy Award in 1963.


Menschenliebe is an independent German feature film directed by Alexander Tuschinski. It had its premiere in Stuttgart, Germany in December 2010. It was screened and received numerous awards at international film-festivals, was additionally shown in various cinemas and screening events in Germany, and was officially released online in June 2013. It is the first instalment of Tuschinski's informal Trilogy of Rebellion - three very different feature films connected by the same thoughts, ideas and main characters, although each tells an independent story: Menschenliebe, Timeless and an upcoming project called Revolution!. Additionally, the film Break-Up refers to some events of Menschenliebe.


Break-Up is an independent German experimental feature film comedy directed by Alexander Tuschinski. It received awards at international film-festivals and had its German premiere at Berlin Independent Film Festival 2015. Although it is not part of it, it is connected to Tuschinski's informal Trilogy of Rebellion by one main character and some references in the storyline.

<i>H4</i> (film)

H4 is a 2012 independent American film directed by Paul Quinn; actor Harry Lennix produced the film and stars in the title role. The film premiered at the 2012 Conference of the Shakespeare Association of America, and later showed premiere in competition at the 49th Chicago International Film Festival in 2013. In November 2014, the film was shown at the Indie Memphis Film Festival.

Alexander Tuschinski German film producer, writer and director

Alexander Tuschinski is a German film director, film producer, writer, actor and musician. Internationally, he is best known for his feature films which have won awards at various film festivals, as well as his academic writing on the early works of Tinto Brass. Notably, his research into, and interest in, Brass's work on Caligula was examined in his feature documentary Mission: Caligula. At the documentary's premiere, Penthouse announced plans to work with Tuschinski on a new cut of Caligula that aims to restore and finish Brass's original version of the film. Though 85 minutes of his original workprint will be used, it remains unclear if Brass himself will be involved in finishing the film's edit.

Matthias Kirste, born near Berlin, is a German cinematographer.

<i>The Pinkertons</i>

The Pinkertons is a Canadian Western police procedural television series which features crime cases of the Pinkerton detective agency. The show is officially licensed with the Pinkerton detective agency, and features stories based on actual cases from the Pinkerton detective agency archives dating to the 1860s.

Berlin Short Film Festival is a film festival with a special emphasis on independent short films, which annually takes place in Berlin, Germany. It screens German and international short films with a runtime under 50 minutes and awards them in various categories.

Starke Zeiten is a 1988 West German comedy film directed by Klaudi Fröhlich, Rolf Olsen, Otto Retzer, Sigi Rothemund and Helmut Fischer. The film has been produced by Karl Spiehs and Luggi Waldleitner.

<i>Elstree 1976</i>

Elstree 1976 is a 2015 documentary film about the making of the 1977 film Star Wars and the legacy that it left behind.

Sebastian B. is a German actor mainly known for his starring role as "Arnold Richter" in Alexander Tuschinski's Trilogy of Rebellion, consisting of the films Menschenliebe, Break-Up and Timeless.

<i>Gold</i> (2015 film)

Gold. is a German experimental short documentary film directed by Alexander Tuschinski. It intercuts abandoned 19th century gold-mining towns in the desert with sequoia trees in a forest. The film had its world premiere at Mykonos Biennale on July 3, 2015, where it was screened in competition and received the Biennale's Golden Pelican Award by Lydia Venieri. It had its German premiere at Berlin Short Film Festival on July 4, 2015, was screened in competition at Braunschweig International Film Festival 2015. and had its US-premiere at Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival in 2016.

The Paris Independent Film Festival is an annual film festival showcasing international independent films that takes place in Paris, France. It features a competition and awards films in various categories. It has a special emphasis on films that have no distribution yet, but also screens other films out of competition.

<i>Robert the Bruce</i> (film) 2019 British historical fiction war film

Robert the Bruce is a 2019 British historical fiction war film directed by Richard Gray concerning the renowned king of the same name. A character-driven ensemble piece, it portrays Roberts's relationship with a peasant family as a galvanizing influence on his struggle for independence and his ensuing reign.

Gerda Herrmann German composer and poet

Gerda Herrmann is a German composer and poet. She has been living in Botnang since the 1960s und has so far written more than 400 songs, setting to music both her own and other authors' lyrics. Many of her songs have been performed at 12 benefit concerts.


  1. "Helmut Berger holt Ehemann auf die Leinwand". BILD (Bundesausgabe). Germany. August 5, 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 "Zeitreise: Helmut Berger". Hörzu, p. 4/5. Germany. 28 May 2016.
  3. "myparisianlife.com: Announcement of the premiere in Paris" . Retrieved 29 October 2016.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. "Plusinsight: Article about the film "Gold." from June 2015, also mentioning "Timeless"" . Retrieved 8 August 2015.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. "Alexander Tuschinski – Article about filming Helmut Berger from August 2015" (PDF). Retrieved August 8, 2015.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. "L'Écran Fantastique: Article about Timeless and its world premiere in Paris (French)" . Retrieved 17 November 2016.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. "oe24.at: Florian Wess wird jetzt Filmstar. Article about the film" . Retrieved 8 August 2015.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. "Berlin Independent Film Festival. Screening schedule 2017" . Retrieved 11 January 2018.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. "German press release about Timeless winning in Hollywood" . Retrieved 11 January 2018.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)