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Light Years Away

Light Years Away
Directed by Alain Tanner
Written by Alain Tanner
Starring Trevor Howard
Mick Ford
Distributed by Artificial Eye (UK)
New Yorker Films (USA)
Release date(s) 20 May 1981 (France)
15 April 1983 (NYC)
Running time 105 mins
Country France
Language English

Light Years Away (French: Les Années lumière) is a 1981 film directed by Alain Tanner. It tells the story of a young man who meets an old man who says he was taught by birds how to fly and is building a flying machine. It is based on a novel by Daniel Odier.

Although filmed in English and shot in Ireland, it was made by a Swiss director and produced by companies from France and Switzerland. The film won the Grand Prix Prize at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


  • Trevor Howard - Yoshka Poliakeff
  • Mick Ford - Jonas
  • Bernice Stegers - Betty
  • Henri Virlojeux - Lawyer
  • Gerard Mannix Flynn - Drunken boy (as Mannix Flynn)
  • Don Foley - Cafe owner
  • Gabrielle Keenan - Girl at village dance
  • John Murphy - Man in bar
  • Jerry O'Brien - Bar owner
  • Joe Pilkington - Thomas
  • Louis Samier - Trucker
  • Odile Schmitt - Dancer
  • Vincent Smith - Cop


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
Preceded by
Mon oncle d'Amérique
Grand Prix Spécial du Jury, Cannes
Succeeded by
The Night of the Shooting Stars

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