Ruth Beckermanns The Dreamed Ones recently awarded Best Austrian fiction film is part of the international competition at Cinéma du Réel; the Paris based festival also dedicates a focus to Nikolaus Geyrhalter including his new film Homo Sapiens along with French premeire of Over the Years and to former CDR-entries and award-winners The Year after Dayton and Pripyat.
THE DREAMED ONES
At center stage are the two poets Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan, who came to know each other in post-war Vienna. Their dramatic postal exchange creates the textual basis of the film. Two young actors meet in a recording studio to read the letters. The tumultuous emotions of proximity and distance, fascination and fear captivate them. However they also enjoy each others company, arguing, smoking, discussing their tattoos and favourite music. Yesterday's love, today's love and tomorrow's: where the lines are blurred lies the heart of the film.
with: Anja Plaschg, Laurence Rupp
Focus on Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Homo Sapiens is a film about the finiteness and fragility of human existence and the end of the industrial age, and what it means to be a human being. What will remain of our lives after were gone? Empty spaces, ruins, cities increasingly overgrown with vegetation, crumbling asphalt: the areas we currently inhabit, though humanity has disappeared. Now abandoned and decaying, gradually reclaimed by nature after being taken from it so long ago. Homo Sapiens is an ode to humanity as seen from a possible future scenario. It intends to sharpen our eyes for the here and now, and our consciousness of the present.
OVER THE YEARS (2015)
Cinéma du réel 1999 (International competition)
Prix de la Scam
THE YEAR AFTER DAYTON (1997)
Cinéma du réel 1998 (International competition)
Prix Joris Ivens