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Heimat Is a Space in Time

Director(s)
Thomas Heise
Country
Germany
Austria
Year
2019
Duration
218 min
Language
German with French or English subtitles

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Conversation with director Thomas Heise moderated by Barbara Thériault about his film Heimat is a Space in Time to mark 30 years of German reunification. This monumental documentary, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Rencontres internationales du documentaire à Montréal in 2019, tells the story of a century of German history through personal letters from the director’s family archives. In this way, it illustrates the two world wars, the two German states and the reunification in 1990.

About the film

On screen, shots of contemporary Germany are intercut with a few archival images. Meanwhile, the filmmaker’s voice reads personal letters by members of his family, spanning more than a century. From world wars to the Shoah to the migrant crisis, the reality of divided Germany and its complicated reunification, Thomas Heise examines his country’s past as a way to understand its present. Private lives and socio-political upheavals become the essential links in an essay of uncommon scope, situating individual lives within the ideological movements of their time. A critical reflection on the resurgence of identity-driven nationalist movements, Heimat is personal and political in equal measure. (BD, RIDM 2019)

About Thomas Heise

Thomas Heise has worked as a free-lance writer and director in the areas of theatre, audio drama and documentary. Until the end of the GDR all his documentary efforts were however either blocked, destroyed or confiscated. Heise found an artistic home at the theatre, where he cooperated closely with author and director Heiner Müller. Since 2013 he is working as a Professor for Art and Film at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria. Since 2018 he is the director of the Film and Media Arts section at the Academy of Arts Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany.

About Barbara Thériault

Barbara Thériault is full professor at the Département de sociologie and at the Canadian Centre for German and European Studies at University of Montreal.

Special Jury Prize – RIDM 2019
Grand Prize – Nyon Visions du Réel 2019

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Director(s)
Thomas Heise
Country
Germany
Austria
Year
2019
Duration
218 min
Language
German with French or English subtitles