German watchmaker Glashütte Original and the Perspektive Deutsches Kino presented the second edition of the “Made in Germany – Perspektive Fellowship” for young German directors at the opening ceremony of the Berlinale section Perspektive Deutsches Kino. Jan Speckenbach was named winner of this year’s prize, which is dedicated to supporting the work of young German directors. He was awarded the prestigious prize for Das Klopfen der Steine (The sound of stones), his intriguing treatment for a musical set among the ruins of post-World War II Berlin.
Film Synopsis - Das Klopfen der Steine (The sound of stones)
The story of Ilse, a young German mother who, like thousands of other women, cleared up the mess that World War II left behind. These women were called “Trümmerfrauen“ (“Rubble Ladies“) and the film describes their survival, their vitality, their emancipation. A musical portrait of post-war Berlin and a Germany in between the Third Reich, democracy and communism. And a portrait of a generation of women who involuntarily triggered and implemented social changes that are valid until today.
Berlinale Co-Partner Glashütte Original initiated the “Made in Germany – Perspektive Fellowship“ together with the section Perspektive Deutsches Kino of the Berlin International Film Festival; it was awarded for the first time last year to Annekatrin Hendel for Disko. The €15,000 prize, funded by the Saxon watch manufactory, supports young German directors to develop new projects.
Along with the €15,000 in funding, the “Made in Germany – Perspektive Fellowship” comes a trophy from the Glashütte Original watch manufactory. The 2013 trophy was designed by an apprentice at the manufactory’s own watchmaking school, and was produced in the tradition-rich workshops in Glashütte, Saxony. Jan Speckenbach can count on perfect support, as he develops his project, of an expert mentor.