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Breathing life into stone

DE 2018, 79 min, Katinka Zeuner

A circus wagon and a shipping container serve as stonemason Michael Spengler’s workshop. It is here that he receives people in mourning. Together they design headstones that tell of the deceased.

Mr. and Mrs. Neustadt have lost their two-year-old son. Through their dialogue with Michael they find the words to express their emotions, words that become form and substance—their child’s breath is to be represented in a fragile limestone. Hardburg Stolle is a woman of few words, through Michael’s guidance she dauntlessly swings the hammer that splits a boulder and feels a sense of strength that had been long buried. The Jacob family searches for the essence of their grandfather’s life: lover of nature, bon vivant, patriarch. What should an object that encapsulates him look like? Michael approaches the material and the people with great sensitivity and accompanies each family on a process that often takes months, one decision at a time.

The film tells the story of this difficult and intimate process and shows how working on the stone makes death concrete in the truest sense of the word. As the stone takes on its form, the families discover a new relationship with the deceased—and to life.

festivals

DOK Leipzig 2018, DE

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ver.di Preis für Solidarität, Menschlichkeit und Fairness (DOK Leipzig 2018, DE) | Lobende Erwähnung der Jury des Goethe-Instituts (DOK Leipzig 2018, DE)

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will be screened at

Int. Filmwochenende Würzburg, DE 2019
6.15 pm, 25th January
1.00 pm, 26th January

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will be screened at

Solothurner Filmtage, Switzerland 2019
5.45 pm, 26th January
6.00 pm, 28th January

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will be released in portuguese cinemas
on 10th January 2018

won

Young Critics Award
at Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata 2018, AR

will be screened at

Doc.Point Helsinki, FI 2018
5.00pm, 29th January
9.30pm, 30th January
4.45pm, 2nd February

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