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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.


DOK Leipzig 2018, DE | Achtung Berlin Film Festival 2019, DE


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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EISENBERGER - Kunst muss schön sein, sagt der Frosch zur Fliege

in den österr. Kinos

Leokino, Innsbruck
Top Kino, Wien



19.9., 20:00 Leokino, Innsbruck
20.9., 18:30 KIZ Royalkino, Graz
21.9., 20:00 Urania, Wien
22.9., 13:00 Filmhaus, Wien

ab 20.9 in den österr. Kinos

Village Cineplexx, Wien
Moviemento, Linz
Programmkino Wels
Leokino, Innsbruck
KIZ Royalkino, Graz
Filmstudio Villach,
Volkskino, Klagenfurt
Kino im Kesselhaus, Krems
City Kino, Steyr
Breitenseer Lichtspiele, Wien
Star Movie, Ried
Kino Cinex, Lienz
weitere Kinos folgen.


bis Ende Oktober sind folgende Filme in den
Breitenseer Lichtspielen zu sehen:

Kinder unter Deck,
Das erste Jahrhundert des Walter Arlen,
Guardians of the Earth

und ab 10. Oktober auch

Fair Traders


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

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will be screened at

Dolomitale, IT 2019
10:00 am, 21st September


will be screened at

Dolomitale, IT 2019
8:30 pm, 21st September

CineEco Film Festival, PT 2019
12th - 19th October

EISENBERGER - Art must be beautiful, as the frog says to the fly

will be screened at

Dolomitale, IT 2019
8:30 pm, 22st September


will be screened at

Zurich Film Festival, CH 2019
6.30 pm, 27th September
3.45 pm, 29th September
6.45 pm, 4th October
3.15 pm, 6th October

Reykjavik Int. Film Festival, IS 2019
1.00 pm, 29th September
7.15 pm, 1st October
7.00 pm, 6th October

Women Make Waves FF, TW 2019
10.50 pm, 6th October
11.00 pm, 9th October
10.30 pm, 11th October

Astra Film Festival, RO 2019
14th - 20th October


will be screened at

Nuremberg Int. Human Rights FF, DE 2019
1.30 pm, 5th October
6.30 pm, 9th October

won Best Sociopolitical Documentary Award
at Beyond Borders Film Festival!


will be screened at

Beholders Film Festival, NL 2019
3.00 pm, 12th October
3.00 pm, 13th October


will be screened at

Beholders Film Festival, NL 2019
4.30 pm, 12th October
4.00 pm, 13th October

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