• Turning Points

    Turning Points

Germany 2020 | 81 min.

Start festival: 04 November 2020, 10.00 am

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Turning Points / Turning Points

German, English


She was the first woman pilot of an A380 aircraft and prevailed in the male-dominated aviation industry. A portrait of a strong woman.
It was clear to Rena Achten from an early age that she wanted to fly and travel abroad. She started as a flight attendant, but she wanted more technical aspects in her work. When women began to be admitted to flight training in the mid-1980s, she became one of Germany’s first female commercial pilots. She then spent several decades flying for Lufthansa. She ends her career as a captain of the A380, the world’s largest passenger plane. Yet her decision for a pilot’s career and the nomadic life that comes with the job meant making compromises in her personal life. She thoughtfully reflects back on her career, the cultural transformation in the cockpit, and her personal turning points. When the plane finally takes off, leaving the sparking lights of the metropolis beneath it, and the sun shines into the cockpit high above the clouds, the fascination of her profession becomes palpable.

Nordic Film Days Talks: Click here for an interview with Lasse Bremsteller, the director of "Turning Points".
Cast & Crew
Director: Lasse Bremsteller
Writer: Lasse Bremsteller
Camera: Christoph Engel
Cast: Rena Achten, Maria Achten, Josef Achten, Johanna Bucka, Thomas Born, Theo Esser, Tim Faltz, Manuela Krings, Tina Mourikis

Production: Lasse Bremsteller, Christoph Engel, Bremsteller & Engel, NDR
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