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Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Final Stage

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The present, the whole present and nothing but the present. A young man on a footbridge, a bus departs, his friend is gone. This is followed by a majestic parade through a shopping centre. This central shot in the film is a fragile balancing act between documentary observation and subtle direction. Deliberately asynchronous sound serves to heighten the sense that events are nothing more than a construction of an apparently familiar reality. The boy's melancholic bearing, and the way the film unfolds, are embedded in an extremely expressive, albeit narratively minimalistic, dramaturgy of colour. Vibrant colours introduce each individual sequence: blue, green, yellow, orange, red.

Nicolaas Schmidt

Germany 2017

Without dialogue

27’ · Colour


Aaron Hilmer (Ray)
Fynn Grossmann (Pär)


Written and Directed by
Nicolaas Schmidt
Arne Körner, Nicolaas Schmidt
Camera Assistant
David Reiber
Nicolaas Schmidt
Sound Design
Pablo Paolo Kilian, Nicolaas Schmidt
Pablo Paolo Kilian, Christofer Schwarz
Production Design
Julia Frankenberg, Pachet Fulmen
Ada Genske
Ada Genske
Sarah Drath
Assistant Director
Sarah Drath, Anna Hartlaub, Nina Wiesnagrotzki, Brit Körner
Production Management
Ray Juster
Nicolaas Schmidt
ETTG Film, Hamburg


Nicolaas Schmidt

Born in Leipzig, East Germany in 1979, the filmmaker, video and conceptual artist now lives in Hamburg. He studied liberal arts, time-based media and film at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg. His work has been presented at international film festivals and exhibitions. Final Stage screened in the 2017 Perspektive Deutsches Kino at the Berlinale where it won the Special Jury Prize.

Filmography (short films)

2008 Neuseenland · Neuseenland 2009 Sense+Innocence · Sense+Innocence 2010 Der Lauf Und Chopin · Der Lauf und Chopin · Ohne Schlechtes Gewissen Genießen · Ohne schlechtes Gewissen genießen 2011 Die Reise Mit Der Eisenbahn Hat Sich Durchaus Ein Wenig Gelohnt · Die Reise mit der Eisenbahn hat sich durchaus ein wenig gelohnt 2012 Forever · Forever 2013 Break · Break 2014 36000 Frames RGB · 36000 Frames RGB · Leaving Monochromia · Leaving Monochromia 2015 36KFRGB-S29: Die Manifestation Des Kapitalismus In Unserem Leben Ist Die Traurigkeit · 36KFRGB-S29: Die Manifestation des Kapitalismus in unserem Leben ist die Traurigkeit · Autumn · Autumn 2016 Compare · Compare 2017 Final Stage; Perspektive Deutsches Kino · Final Stage; medium-length film 2019 Believe 2020 Inflorescence

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020

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Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg