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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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THIS LAND IS MY LAND

Premieren und Sonderveranstaltungen
in Anwesenheit der Filmemacherin:

3.11., 19:00 Uhr culturcentrum wolkenstein Stainach

in den österr. Kinos:

Haydn Kino, Wien
Votiv Kino, Wien
Top Kino, Wien
Breitenseer Lichtspiele, Wien
Lichtspiele Katsdorf
Das Kino, Salzburg
City Kino Steyr

ab 30.10. Kinemathek Karlsruhe

1.-3.11. Kino in der Pumpe, Kiel
2.11. Ville de Luxembourg
3.11. dekArTe, Wiener Neustadt
3.11. s'KINO, Dorfen
3./4.11. Lungauer Kulturvereinigung
ab 5.11. Volkskino Klagenfurt

DAS FIEBER

Premieren und Sonderveranstaltungen
in Anwesenheit der Filmemacherin:

26.11. Filmforum Bregenz
27.11. Spielboden Dornbirn

9.12. Star Movie, Ried

in den österr. Kinos:

Stadtkino Center Ternitz
Actors Studio, Wien
Lichtspiele Katsdorf
Top Kino, Wien
Stadtkino Horn

ab 22.11. Volkskino Klagenfurt
ab 24.11. TAS, Feldkirch

3.12. Kolpingsaal, Bruneck
5.12. Spielboden Dornbirn

DIE DOHNAL Frauenministerin / Feministin / Visionärin

in den österr. Kinos:

Actors Studio, Wien
EU XXL - Die Reihe
Stadtkino Center Ternitz

2.11. Horizontale, Straden
16.11. Amtshaus, Josefstadt

9.12. Remise, Bludenz

AWARDS

 

BERGEN INT. FILM FESTIVAL 2020

THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN
Cinema Extraordinaire Award

FIRST STEPS AWARDS 2020

THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN
Bester abendfüllender Spielfilm

HEIMATFILMFESTIVAL 2020

WEIYENA - EIN HEIMATFILM
Best Documentary Award

DIAGONALE 2020

THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN
Großer Diagonale Preis -
Bester Spielfilm,
Beste künstlerische Montage,
Bestes Sounddesign,
Diagonale Schauspielpreis (Dominik Warta),
Thomas Pluch Drehbuchpreis

DIE DOHNAL
Großer Diagonale Preis -
Bester Dokumentarfilm,
Preis für außergewöhnliche Produktionsleistung

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FESTIVALS

THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN

will be screened at

Viennale, AT 2020
1.30 pm, 29th October

A BLACK JESUS

will be screened at

DOK Leipzig, DE 2020
11.30 am, 29th October
10.00 pm, 30th October
3.00 pm, 31st October

WEIYENA - THE LONG MARCH HOME

will be screened at

Kasseler Dokfest, DE 2020
12.30 pm, 21st November

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