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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

ALICE SCHWARZER

Sonderveranstaltungen

23.5., 20.15 Uhr, Filmcasino "Die unterschiedlichen Islambilder in der westlichen Welt"
Gespräch mit Ebrahim Afsah, Institut für Islamisch-Theologische Studien

25.5., 19.30 Uhr, Votivkino "Gleichstellung in der Gesellschaft"
Gespräch mit Gertraud Klemm (Autorin), Christian Berger (Sprecher des Frauenvolksbegehrens), Sandra Konstatzky (Gleichstellungsanwältin), Moderation: Lisz Hirn (Philosophin)

31.5., 19.00 Uhr, Admiralkino (136 min Fassung) "Werkstattgespräch"
Doris Priesching im Gespräch mit der Editorin Lisa Geretschläger und Sounddesignerin Nora Czamler des Filmes ALICE SCHWARZER

Jetzt in den österr. Kinos

Filmcasino/Filmhaus, Wien 
Actors Studio, Wien
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Cineplexx Wienerberg. Wien
Cineplexx Auhof, Wien
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Apollo - Das Kino, Wien
Cineplexx Wiener Neustadt
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ab 20.5. Filmclub Bozen, Italien

Einzelvorstellungen

19.5. Kino im Kesselhaus, Krems
23.-25.5. Filmstudio Villach
17.-23.6. Volkskino Klagenfurt
4.7. Cineplexx Weiz

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FESTIVALS

INFINITY ACCORDING TO FLORIAN

Docaviv, Tel Aviv/ Israel
29th May, 5.00 pm
1st June, 3.15 pm
3rd June, 10.30 am
+ online available from May 26th until June 5th

Krakow Film Festival, Kraków/Poland 
29th May - 12th June

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