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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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Press Kit

NEWS

THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN

in den österr. Kinos:

Stadtkino, Wien
Votiv Kino / De France, Wien
Admiral Kino, Wien
Actors Studio, Wien
Moviemento, Linz
Programmkino Wels
KIZ RoyalKino, Graz
Filmstudio Villach
Kino Kirchdorf (24.6)
Lichtspiele Lenzing (24.6.)
Kino Lambach (24.6.)
Kino Freistadt (24.6.)
Leokino (ab Juli)
Filmforum Bregenz (11.8.)

Sonderveranstaltungen:
in Anwesenheit der Filmemacherin
Sandra Wollner

23. Juni, 19:30 Uhr - Stadtkino Wien
30. Juni, 19:00 Uhr - Stadtkino, Wien

weitere Kinos folgen

WOOD - Der geraubte Wald

in den österr. Kinos:

Votiv Kino/De France, Wien
Top Kino, Wien
Admiral Kino, Wien
Actors Studio, Wien
Moviemento, Linz
Cinema Paradiso, St. Pölten
Cinema Paradiso, Baden
Geidorf Kunstkino, Graz
Kino im Kesselhaus, Krems (ab 25.6.)
Leokino, Innsbruck (ab Juli)

Sonderveranstaltungen:
in Anwesenheit der Filmemacherin
Ebba Sinzinger

21. Juni, 19:30 Uhr - Votiv Kino, Wien
23. Juni, 19:30 Uhr - Top Kino, Wien
30. Juni, 20:00 Uhr - Admiral Kino, Wien

weitere Kinos folgen

GLORY TO THE QUEEN

in den österr. Kinos:
Kino Katsdorf
Programmkino Wels
Moviemento, Linz

20.7.
Murinsel, Graz

NOMINIERUNGEN

Österreichischer Filmpreis

The Trouble With Being Born
- Bester Film
- Beste Regie
- Bestes Drehbuch
- Bestes Maskenbild
- Bester Ton/Sounddesign
- Beste Musik

Die Dohnal
- Bester Dokumentarfilm
- Bester Schnitt

Kurier-Romy

Glory to the Queen
- Beste Doku Kino

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FESTIVALS

GLORY TO THE QUEEN

will be screened at

Sotto Le Stelle Dell'Austria, IT 2021
9.00 pm, 1st July

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