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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

DIE DOHNAL Frauenministerin / Feministin / Visionärin

Premieren und Sonderveranstaltungen
in Anwesenheit der Filmemacherin
Sabine Derflinger:

8.2., 20.00 Uhr, Leokino Innsbruck
10.2., 20.00 Uhr, Moviemento Linz
11.2., 20.00 Uhr, Cinema Paradiso St. Pölten
12.2., 19.30 Uhr, Gartenbaukino Wien
13.2., 20.00 Uhr, Stadtkino Wien
14.2., 20.00 Uhr, Das Kino Salzburg
17.2., 20.00 Uhr, Cinema Paradiso Baden
19.2., 18.00 Uhr, Kino im Kesselhaus Krems

Sonderveranstaltungen
mit Podiumsdiskussionen:

14.2., 20.15 Uhr, Filmcasino Wien
20.2., 19.30 Uhr, Votivkino Wien

ab 14.2. in folgenden Kinos:

Filmcasino, Wien
Votivkino, Wien
Moviemento, Linz
KIZ Royalkino, Graz
Volkskino, Klagenfurt
Leokino, Innsbruck
Das Kino, Salzburg
Cinema Paradiso, St. Pölten
Cinema Paradiso, Baden
Programmkino Wels
City Kino, Steyr

DAS FIEBER

ab 24. April 2020
in den österr. Kinos

KINDER UNTER DECK

in deutschen Kinos

in Anwesenheit der Filmemacherin
Bettina Henkel

Hochland Kino, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
4.2., 19.30 Uhr
5.2., 17.00 Uhr, ohne Regiegespräch
Monopol Kino, München
5.2., 19.00 Uhr, in Kooperation mit dem DOK.fest München
Scharfrichter Kino, Passau
8.2., 16.00 Uhr
cine-k, Oldenburg
11.3., 19.30 Uhr
KoKi Hannover
12.3., 19.30 Uhr
Gerhart Hauptmann Haus, Düsseldorf
14.3., 12.00 Uhr
Filmgalerie, Regensburg
21.4.
Universum Filmtheater, Braunschweig
27.4., 19.00 Uhr, ohne Regiegespräch
3.5., 11.15 Uhr, ohne Regiegespräch

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FESTIVALS

GOLDEN GENES

will be screened at

Taipei Dangdai, TW 2020
2.45pm, 19th January

DIE DOHNAL

will be screened at

Filmwochenende Würzburg,  Germany 2020
5.00 pm, 1st February
1.00 pm, 2nd February

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