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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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Press Kit

NEWS

KINDER UNTER DECK

in den österr. Kinos

Filmhaus, Wien
KIZ RoyalKino, Graz
Moviemento, Linz

ab 24.5.
Top Kino, Wien

5./6.6.
Volkskino Klagenfurt

ab 9.6.
Cinema Paradiso, St. Pölten

13.6.
Kino im Kesselhaus, Krems

in deutschen Kinos

16.6.
Abaton Kino, Hamburg

18.6.
Scala Kino, Lüneburg

22.6.
Kino in der Pumpe, Kiel

BRUDER JAKOB, SCHLÄFST DU NOCH?

in Österreich im Kino

26.5.
Alte Gerberei, St. Johann

DAS ERSTE JAHRHUNDERT DES WALTER ARLEN

in den österr. Kinos

ab Ende Juni
Das Kino, Salzburg

13.7.
VOLXkino, Wien

NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE:

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

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FESTIVALS

DER STEIN ZUM LEBEN

won the Ecumenical Award
at Achtung Berlin Film Festival!

ASHORE

won Best Documentary Award
at Festival de Malaga!

will be screened at

EPA CINE, Argentinia 2019
7.40 pm, 22nd May

KINDERS

will be screened at

Ciranda de Filmes, Brazil 2019
23rd-26th May

UNA PRIMAVERA

will be screened at

Cronograf Int. Documentary FF, Moldavia 2019
3.00 pm, 24th May

Gdansk DocFilm Festival, Poland 2019
29th May - 1st June

Biografilm Festival, Italy 2019
7th - 17th June

ARE YOU SLEEPING, BROTHER JAKOB?

won Gold Gentian Award at
Trento Film Festival!

won Audience Award at
Moscow Int. Documentary Film Festival!

will be screened at

Elbe Dock Film Festival, Czech Republic 2019
6.30 pm, 29th May

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