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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 | Achtung Berlin Film Festival 2019, DE

awards

ver.di Award (DOK Leipzig 2018, DE) | Honorable Mention Goethe-Institute (DOK Leipzig 2018, DE) | Ecumenical Award (Achtung Berlin Film Festival 2019, DE)

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NEWS

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Bruder Jakob, schläfst du noch?,
Zerschlag mein Herz,
Mein Stottern,
Namrud (Troublemaker),
Die Einsiedler,
Guardians of the Earth,
Kinders

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FESTIVALS

ASHORE

won Best Documentary Award
at Festival de Malaga!

will be screened at

Cineteca Madrid, Spain 2019
19th -28th July

CHILDREN BELOW DECK

will be screened at

Beyond Borders Int. Documentary Festival, GR 2019
25th August - 1st September

WALTER ARLEN'S FIRST CENTURY

won Runner Up Audience AWARD
for Best Documentary at
Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival!

UNA PRIMAVERA

won the LifeTales Award
at Biografilm Italia!

ARE YOU SLEEPING, BROTHER JAKOB?

won Gold Gentian Award at
Trento Film Festival!

won Audience Award at
Moscow Int. Documentary Film Festival!

DER STEIN ZUM LEBEN

won the Ecumenical Award
at Achtung Berlin Film Festival!

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