The Boat Is Full

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The Boat Is Full
Directed by Markus Imhoof
Produced by George Reinhart
Written by Markus Imhoof
Alfred A. Haesler
Starring Tina Engel
Cinematography Hans Liechti
Release date
  • February 1981 (1981-02)
Running time
101 minutes
Country Switzerland
Language German

The Boat Is Full (German: Das Boot ist voll) is a 1981 German-language Swiss film directed by Markus Imhoof. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film as a Swiss submission.[1] It was also entered into the 31st Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Silver Bear for an outstanding single achievement.[2]



The title of the film derives from what was expressed by the Swiss during World War II, for as a nonbelligrent country many refugees desired entry there, with most being denied permission. They were frequently told, "Our boat is full," a reference to passengers of a lifeboat after a ship sinking frequently refusing to allow any further survivors to enter their craft after it had reached a level of occupancy felt to approach the limit of safety.

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  1. ^ "The 54th Academy Awards (1982) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  2. ^ "Berlinale 1981: Prize Winners". Retrieved 2010-08-29. 

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