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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

GLORY TO THE QUEEN

will be screened at

It's All True Film Festival, BR 2021
8th - 18th April

Kansas City FilmFest, US 2021
12th - 18th April

Bolzano Film Festival, IT 2021
13th - 18th April

goEast Festival, DE 2021
20th - 26th April

SEEfest, US 2021
28th April - 5th May

Jeonju Int. FF, KR 2021
29th April - 8th May

Fipadoc, FR 2021

A BLACK JESUS

will be screened at

Bolzano Film Festival, IT 2021
13th - 18th April

Visions du Réel, CH 2021
15th - 25th April

CPH:DOX, DK 2021
21th April - 12th May

Hot Docs, CA 2021
29th April - 9th May

WOOD

will be screened at

Fipadoc, FR 2021

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AWARDS

 

A BLACK JESUS

EFEBO D'ORO 2020
Premio Speciale
Centro Ricerca Narrative e Cinema

GLORY TO THE QUEEN

FREE ZONE FF 2020
Audience Award

DOQUMENTA 2020
Honorable Mention

THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN

VIENNALE 2020
Special Jury Prize

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FESTIVALS

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