Homeless people, tramps, vagabonds and vagrants. Are they all the same idea? Or are they completely different? Sometimes the choice of words can help to change perspectives. The film draußen also adopts a different perspective by following four people living on the streets who own very little. Nothing they possess would ascribe them any apparent social status and yet everything they have is of value. Matze, Elvis, Filzlaus and Sergio are all survivors - and each of them is a real character. In order to hear their stories the two directors decided to adopt a particular strategy and concentrate instead on the items that their protagonists carry about with them. They asked them to open the door to their world by allowing them to take a look inside their plastic bags, pockets and shopping trollies, much as if they were entering someone’s home. The few objects that are to be found within contain a wealth of information and meaning. Charged with emotions and memories, these objects are no less than the fragments of their lives. In their conversations, the full import of these treasures begin to take shape.
by Johanna Sunder-Plassmann, Tama Tobias-Macht Germany 2018 German 80’ Colour Documentary form


Written and Directed by Johanna Sunder-Plassmann, Tama Tobias-Macht
Cinematography Sophie Maintigneux, Marie Zahir
Editing Johanna Sunder-Plassmann, Tama Tobias-Macht
Editing Advisor Daniela Kinateder
Sound Design Tim Elzer, Karl Atteln
Sound Filipp Forberg
Production Design Johanna Sunder-Plassmann
Commissioning Editor Sabine Rollberg
Production Manager Igor Novic
Producer Titus Kreyenberg
Co-Production WDR Köln

Additional information

In collaboration with Arte

Johanna Sunder-Plassmann

Born in Munich, Germany in 1983, she studied media art at the Saar College of Fine Arts and the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan before taking up a film degree at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne in 2008. She has been working as a freelance director and exhibition designer for several museums including Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence.

Filmography (documentaries)

2014 Istanbul Collecting 2017 Blending In 2018 draußen (outside)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Tama Tobias-Macht

Born in Jerusalem, Israel in 1982. After studying photography at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in the same city she took a film degree at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Since 2012 she has been working as a freelance director, editor and photographer. Her artistic work has won several prizes.

Filmography (documentaries)

2008 Passing Through Hansaring 2011 Lady Macht 2012 2000M² and a Garden 2017 Blending In 2018 draußen (outside)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019