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DIR: Thomas Heise
2009 / Germany / 164 min

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It starts with the laughter of children. Images from the late 80ies in the GDR to the immediate present of the year 2008 in Germany.
Those residual images have besieged my head, constantly reassembling themselves into new shapes that are further and further removed from their original meaning and function. They remain in motion. They become history.
The material remains incomplete. It consists of what I held on to, what remained important to me. It is my picture.


Footage shot by Thomas Heise himself or taken at locations where he filmed, but never published. Out-takes that remained: Scenes at the theater during Fritz Marquardt's production of Heiner Müller's 'Germania Tod in Berlin', the eviction of squatters from houses on Mainzer Straße, the mass demonstration at Alexanderplatz in November 1989, a residents' meeting in Hessenwinkel in Berlin, a session of the newly elected People's Parliament (the former East German parliament), scenes from inside Brandenburg prison, youths from the far-left scene staging an attack at a film screening, scenes from the demolition of the Palast der Republik. All testimony to a none-too-distant past. German history. There's always something left over, bits and pieces that don't fit in. Notes, traces, fragments, chunks. Rather than assembling his material into a historical panorama Thomas Heise literally opens up a Zeit-Raum, a time-space, a resonating body in which sentences, images, stories and memories can reverberate. The soundtrack by Charles Ives does the rest. This is archaeology of the possible – and not least, an elegy to the past. (Birgit Kohler, Catalogue Berlinale/International Forum of New Cinema 2009)

About

Director Thomas Heise
Screenplay
Dir. of Photography Sebastian Richter, Peter Badel, Thomas Heise, Jutta Tränkle, Börres Weiffenbach
Editing René Frölke
Music Charles Ives
Sound Uve Haussig, Jürgen Schönhoff, Robert Nickolaus, Maxim Woflram
Duration 164 min
Year 2009
Country Germany
Colour Colour
Tags children, compilation, landscape, memory, observational
Production
Distribution Deckert Distribution
Deckert Distribution
Address:  Marienplatz 1
City:  D-04103 Leipzig
Country:  Germany
Web:  www.deckert-distribution.com/
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Phone:  +49 (0) 341 215 66 38
Fax:  +49 (0) 341 215 66 39

Festivals

Berlinale 2009
Visions du ...

Berlinale 2009
Visions du Réel Nyon 2009
BAFICI Buenos Aires 2009
DOK.FEST Munich 2009
Planete Doc Review Warsaw 2009
Santiago de Chile FF 2009
Festival des Deutschen Films Mannheim 2009
FID Marseille 2009 (Grand Prix of the International Competition)
Lussas IDF 2009 Cambridge FF 2009
Festival of German Film Paris 2009
Vancouver IFF 2009
DocLisboa 2009
Viennale 2009
Festival dei Popoli Florence 2009
Duisburger Filmwoche 2009
Verzio Human Rights FF Budapest 2009
FIC Brasília 2009
DocPoint Helsinki 2010
Punto de Vista FF Navarra 2010
Jeonju FF 2010

Awards


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