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Directed by Percy Adlon

1987

West Germany/USA

95 minutes

Showtimes

Introduced by Wendy Watriss and Fred Baldwin, FotoFest cofounders and directors

German writer/director Percy Adlon makes a remarkable American debut with the charming story about the common threads that connect disparate people. Adlon succeeds in creating a cinematic jewel that is both hilarious and touching. Drawn to a pair of lights in the barren American desert sky, a mysterious German woman (Marianne Sägebrecht) stumbles upon a dilapidated motel/diner in the middle of nowhere. Her unusual appearance and demeanor are at first suspicious to the exasperated owner (CCH Pounder) who has trouble making ends meet. But when an unlikely magic sparks between the two women, this lonely desert outpost is transformed into a thriving—and popular—oasis.