Portraits of German alcoholics

Portraits of German alcoholics

           Portraits of German alcoholics
               Genre: Documentary
               Alcoholics, Berlinale 2010, Alcoholism
  “If I have no problems’, I’m not an alcoholic. And if I’m not an alcoholic, I can drink as much as I want.” The IT specialist and entrepreneur told humorously about their alcohol consumption, which is slowly but then turned to the big problem for him. The lawyer has been in the study started drinking to withstand the test pressure better. The anesthesia assistant drinks because her everything will be something easier. However, it is increasingly difficult over the years to integrate all their secret addiction to the “normalcy” of their middle-class life. For here there are no fallen out of society lives, but – superficially – “working” members of civil society. The six people who tell the alcoholics in German Portraits from their alcoholism remain anonymous. They are present only on the soundtrack, which is not because that the interviewees were afraid to tell her story even before the camera. The director, she has not even asked. For Carolin Schmitz is in her first feature-length documentary not about to give the alcohol as a personal fate of an individual face or moralizing. She is interested in but for supposedly cure societal surface under which the secret drinking – often with the aim to better function within this society – is taking place. She manages, with remarkable consistency of formal cinematic to bring the taboo topic from the corner and the middle to root in society. Ten interviews she conducted for her film, and it has the people to phone each preliminary visits only once with a tape recorder and has their story could be told. Extracts from six of these interviews are incorporated in the film. The people tell of themselves, what they want to reveal of himself. And that is often astonishing amount. Candid report of the affected their survival and Verbergungsstrategien lists, which are evidence in their creativity and absurdity of a tremendous pressure to try to preserve intact the image of itself as a functioning part of society. This is often a surprisingly long time “good”, the environment does not get anything with – or the alcoholic thinks this is mostly because he is never addressed directly to his problem. It often takes a long time to be with the person affected at all developed an awareness and the hard-self-maintained falters. The six protagonists have all long since reached that point. In their stories, each woven together, but in chronological order in each case is assembled, they sound partially dissociates almost as if they themselves do not quite could, to which effort and self-deception, they were able to have the appearance of normality over the years to preserve. The interviews form the starting point of the foundation. To the next level consists of visual images of private and public spaces. The combination with the stories created to strengthen and friction, which opens a wide space for associations. Dense and oppressive, for example, are the moments when the camera is slow to explore the rooms of a house, during talks about the off the voice of the housewife in detail by their very “normal” everyday suchtbestimmten. In many static images and slow pans over public spaces, workplaces, village streets, train stations, landscapes, factory buildings and airports it manages Carolin Schmitz, the attention to a blind spot among the familiar to guide surface. For the soundtrack the intact surface of the all too familiar everyday world is suddenly cracks in the perception of the viewer. With the images of an airport runway or an operating room in this context of course work much more than an endless pan across a forest landscape. Nevertheless, even such seemingly trivial images create the space for associations and coupling to their own worlds of experience, because the narratives of the protagonists are not just isolated individual stories, they are generalized, they are a social phenomenon. (Kirsten Kieninger)
  Title: Portraits German alcoholics Country of production: , Germany Year of Production: 2009 Length: 79 (Min.) Distribution: GMfilms

Portraits German alcoholics

Portraits German alcoholics

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German Short Film Award on the road – the one hand: impetuous

German Short Film Award on the road - the one hand: impetuous

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The attorneys – A German Story

The attorneys - A German Story
               Genre: Documentary
  At the beginning of this film is a picture. It shows three men, three lawyers in the courtroom. However, only two of them to see, Otto Schily, and Hans-Christian Stroebele – in their role as advocates in this picture, the third, Horst Mahler, is under indictment and is defended by his two friendly affiliated colleagues. Mahler, previously the undisputed star of the Berlin prosecutors, is due to membership in the Red Army Faction to justice. This photograph by Birgit Schulz takes the starting

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The current German documentary – A Survey

The current German documentary - A Survey

The current German documentary – Taking Stock

  The German documentary is booming. Not only documentary film festivals such as Munich and Leipzig show each year a slew of new productions from Germany, also runs regular in the cinema almost every week on a new German documentary. And last week there were actually two: Volker Koepps sons and Princesses by Bettina Blumner. The interest of the domestic movie is great, we want to engage in intense but far from the fast-paced television everyday on certain topics. But what German filmmaker

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German Kral – Biography and Filmography

German Kral - Biography and Filmography

German Kral – biography and filmography

  German Kral (photo, left, born during the filming Música Cubana) in 1968 in Buenos Aires. In 1991 he came to Germany to study film. Since his graduation from the Academy of Television and Film Munich, he worked as a director and writer. He lives with his wife and son in Munich.

Filmography (selection)
1991 EL OTRO (The Other)
1992 THE MARGIN
1995 HISTORIA DE Desiertos (History of the Desert) ( #) 1993-96 THE BROTHERS Skladanowsky
1997 TANGO BERLIN
1997 IMÁGENES

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Public holiday – a German no-budget production

Public holiday - a German no-budget production

Holiday – a German no-budget production

  Detlef Bothe has incurred up to the sound and camera without the help of a regular team. The actors took on additional tasks such as cooking, driving, door strike, assisting, camera, or caterer. As the housing locations were used. (Berghof / Ski Hut)

from the movie idea to the first day of shooting went about 6 weeks. The total budget for the production amounted to 5,000 euros.

Lives in a snow covered Tyrolean village SAM (Dietmar Mössmer) isolated in a huge farm where his

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German Film Award: “On the other side” gets 4 “Lola”

German Film Award: On the other side gets 4 Lola

German Film: “On the other side” gets 4 “Lola”

  Berlin – His favorite role was just last night: With four German Film Awards ( “Lola”), the German Film Academy has named on Friday night Fatih Akin’s German-Turkish co-production on the other side of the big winners of the awards ceremony in Berlin.

Fatih Akin himself ever took a “Lola” for Best Director and, contrary to the best screenplay, while film editor Andrew Bird was delighted at receiving the award for Best Editing. The highlight of the ceremony before 1,500 guests

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Projekt Gold – A German World Handball Championship

Projekt Gold - A German World Handball Championship

Gold Project – A German Handball Cup

  After the hysteria of last summer, which was dominated the World Cup, had a little inkling that would be the subsequent World Handball Championship – also in their own country – from the boom in sports can benefit. However – and this was clear to all concerned – was always a bit of handball in the shadow of football. But that should change now – at least for the time the World Cup. Just as Klinsmann’s kicker had the players to coach Heiner Brand made a lot – the title win, it should be. One difference

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The Good German

The Good German

The Good German

  Berlin shortly after the end of World War II: the disillusioned U.S. war correspondent Jake Geismer (George Clooney) returns home after long years in the city back, where he once lived and where he ran a news agency. Now he wants to report from here on the Potsdam Conference to determine where the victorious Allied Powers on the future of Germany. Not only Geismer, including the city and its inhabitants have changed – traumatized by the war here, everyone is fighting only for sheer survival. And everyone has something

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