Light Years Away

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.

Light Years Away
Directed byAlain Tanner
Written byAlain Tanner
StarringTrevor Howard
Mick Ford
Distributed byArtificial Eye (UK)
New Yorker Films (USA)
Release date
20 May 1981 (France)
15 April 1983 (NYC)
Running time
105 mins

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]



  1. "Festival de Cannes: Light Years Away". Retrieved 2009-05-31.
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