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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

THIS LAND IS MY LAND

Premieren und Sonderveranstaltungen
in Anwesenheit der Filmemacherin:

1.9., 20:00 Uhr Kino am Dach, Wien
3.9., 18:30 Uhr KIZ Royalkino, Graz
4.9., 19:00 Uhr Metro Kinokulturhaus, Wien
7.9., 18:30 Uhr Leokino, Innsbruck
8.9., 18.30 Uhr Moviemento, Linz
8.9., 20:00 Uhr Programmkino Wels
9.9., 18:00 Uhr Kino im Kesselhaus, Krems
10.9., 18:30 Uhr Metro Kinokulturhaus, Wien
16.9., 19:00 Uhr Breitenseer Lichtspiele, Wien
17.9., 18:30 Uhr Metro Kinokulturhaus, Wien

ab 4. September
in den österr. Kinos:

Metro Kinokulturhaus, Wien
KIZ RoyalKino, Graz
Stadtkino Grein
Kino Gmünd
Kino Zwettl
Volkskino Klagenfurt
Filmstudio Villach
Lichtspiele Mittersill
Kino Eibiswald
Kino Oberpullendorf

ab 11. September
Leokino, Innsbruck
Moviemento, Linz
Programmkino Wels
Kino im Kesselhaus, Krems
City Kino Steyr

ab 18. September
Top Kino, Wien
Breitenseer Lichtspiele, Wien

weitere Kinos folgen.

DIE DOHNAL Frauenministerin / Feministin / Visionärin

in den österr. Kinos:

Top Kino, Wien
Actors Studio, Wien
KIZ Royalkino, Graz

ab 19.8. die künstlerei, Tamsweg
22.8. Oval, Salzburg
1.9. Kino Oberpullendorf
3.9. Filmcasino, Wien
17.9. Cineplexx Amstetten
19.9. INSEL, Scharnstein
27.9. MuKu, St. Johann
ab 7.10. Cinema Dornbirn
ab 28.10. Filmforum Bregenz
2.11. Horizontale, Straden
9.12. Remise, Bludenz

AWARDS

 

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

ROMY 2020

THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN
Bester Kinofilm

BACKSTAGE WIENER STAATSOPER
Judith Benedikt & Eva Testor
Beste Bildgestaltung Kinofilm

DOK.FEST MUNICH 2020

WEIYENA - EIN HEIMATFILM
VIKTOR DOK.deutsch Award

ETHNOCINECA 2020

WEIYENA - EIN HEIMATFILM
Austrian Documentary Award

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FESTIVALS

WEIYENA - THE LONG MARCH HOME

will be screened at

Festival DER NEUE HEIMATFILM, AT 2020
5.15 pm, 28th August
12.30 pm, 29th August

THE FEVER

will be screened at

Fünf Seen FF, DE 2020
4.30 pm, 4th September
7.30 pm, 4th September
6.00 pm, 5th September

Taiwan Int. Human Rights FF, TW 2020
7.30 pm, 4th September
7.00 pm, 24th September

DIE DOHNAL

will be screened at

Int. Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund/Köln, DE 2020
6.00 pm, 13th September

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