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972 Breakdowns - On the Landway to New York

A film by leavinghomefunktion & Daniel von Rüdiger

Documentary | 110 minutes | Germany | 2020 | English, German, Russian | CANADIAN PREMIERE


After their graduation, Anne, Efy, Elisabeth, Johannes, and Kaupo get their motorcycle licenses and set off on four old rusty Ural 650 sidecar motorcycles, travelling eastward from Germany to New York City. When plans collapse things start to get interesting. Roads dissolve into deserts, swamps, and rivers until they reach the 80 kilometres of open sea separating Russia from Alaska, the Bering Strait.

Their unreliable motorcycles suffer ongoing breakdowns and the raw and rugged terrain throws them the most unrelenting difficult challenges. Equipped with no more than naivety and persistence they somehow make their way through the most isolated corners of the world.

After 20,000 km of breakdowns, all roads end and the only way to get closer to the Bering Strait is by The Kolyma, a remote 1,600 km long river. To cross it, the group build an amphibious motorcycle rig that will lead them closer to Bering Strait.

Combining animation and a score that uses the sounds of the worn-down Urals, 972 Breakdowns takes you along on an audio visual journey that will either make you want to take on a similar trip, or say, "hell no!"

When watching online, note that this film is geographically restricted to play within Canada only.

Director Bio

Dr. Daniel von Rüdiger received his doctorate at the University of Art in Linz on rhythm as a link between audio and video. The oscillation between composing and editing enables him to place audio-visual rhythm at the center of his work.

His musical visualizations have been shown at the World Expositions in Milan and Astana and were awarded the Visual Music Award. Together with Stefan Carl he formed the band 0101 which fuses guitar loops and drums from field recordings to Cinematic Anti-Westerns from which they generate both, film score and audiovisual live performances.

As a filmmaker and photographer, Daniel von Rüdiger is a social documentarian for various NGOs. In Papua New Guinea he created the award-winning short documentary 'Kanu belong Keram' which is part of the permanent exhibition at the Museum der Kulturen. Besides teaching at universities in Germany and Switzerland, he lectures on rhythm and the indigenous tribes in Papua New Guinea.


Directed by

Daniel von Rüdiger

Produced by



Anne Knödler, Efy Zeniou, Elisabeth Oertel, Johannes Fötsch, Kaupo Holmberg


Daniel von Rüdiger, leavinghomefunktion


leavinghomefunktion, Daniel Rüdiger

Written by

leavinghomefunktion, Daniel von Rüdiger

Music & Sound

0101, Daniel von Rüdiger, Stefan Carl, Clemens Becker


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