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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

in den österr. Kinos:

Top Kino, Wien
Admiralkino, Wien

ab 5.6.
City Kino, Linz
Nationalparkkino Illmitz
Programmkino Wels
Kino Freistadt
City Kino, Steyr
Lichtspiele Katsdorf

ab 19.6.
Filmcasino, Wien
Votiv Kino, Wien
Stadtkino Grein
Lichtspiele Lenzing

2.7. Filmclub Schrems
5.7. Kulturverein Schloss Goldegg
23.7. Kulturforum Breitenwang
5.8. Mondscheinkino Eggenburg

ROMY 2020

zwei Filmdelights-Filme
unter den Preisträgern der ROMY 2020:

THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN
Bester Kinofilm

BACKSTAGE WIENER STAATSOPER
Judith Benedikt & Eva Testor
Beste Bildgestaltung Kinofilm

THIS LAND IS MY LAND

ab 4. September
in den österr. Kinos!

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WEIYENA - THE LONG MARCH HOME

won

the VIKTOR DOK.deutsch Award
at DOK.fest Munich

and

the Austrian Documentary Award
at the Ethnocineca Festival!

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