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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

awards

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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NEWS

DIAGONALE 2019

Gleich zwei Filme sind dieses Jahr
von Filmdelights auf der Diagonale zu sehen:

Das erste Jahrhundert des Walter Arlen
und
Eisenberger - Kunst muss schön sein,
sagt der Frosch zur Fliege

DAS ERSTE JAHRHUNDERT DES WALTER ARLEN

ab 22. März in den österr. Kinos

20. und 24.3.
Diagonale, Graz

ab 22.3.
Metro Kinokulturhaus, Wien

ab 24.3.
KIZ Royalkino, Graz

25.3.
Leokino, Innsbruck

ab 1.4.
Filmstudio Villach

4.4.
Kino im Kesselhaus, Krems

ab 12.4.
Programmkino Wels

15.-18.4.
Volkskino Klagenfurt

ab 18.4.
Moviemento, Linz

ab Mai
Das Kino, Salzburg

8./9.5.
Filmbühne Waidhofen/Ybbs

ZERSCHLAG MEIN HERZ

in den österr. Kinos

bis 23.3.
Breitenseer Lichtspiele, Wien

BRUDER JAKOB, SCHLÄFST DU NOCH?

in den österr. Kinos

bis 22.3
Breitenseer Lichtspiele, Wien

27.3.
Kulturhaus Schlanders

4.4.
Spielboden Dornbirn

in der Schweiz im Kino

31.3./7./14./21.4.
Kino Xenix, Zürich
 

MEIN STOTTERN

die Kinotour in
Deutschland geht weiter:

1.4.
Kino im Künstlerhaus, Hannover

7.4.
ProLi, Passau

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

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

will be screened at

Diagonale, Austria 2019
8.30 pm, 20th March

WALTER ARLEN'S FIRST CENTURY

will be screened at

Diagonale, Austria 2019
6.30 pm, 20th March
10.30 am, 24th March

EPOS Art Film Festival, Israel 2019
3.00 pm, 28th March

ASHORE

will be screened at

Festival GRABA, AR 2019
8.00 pm, 22nd March

ARE YOU SLEEPING, BROTHER JAKOB?

will be screened at

Moscow Int. Documentary Film Festival, Russia 2019
3rd - 8th April

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