Encounters with dementia patients often leave healthy people with the feeling of being ‘lost in translation’. Moments in which those with dementia refer to their life experiences become increasingly fleeting, as if the fairly reliable connection that usually exists between intention and articulation, syntax and semantics, were in a constant process of dissolution. With great delicacy, director Stefan Sick takes a sensitive, observational approach to documenting life in a care home. Confronted with a world that is free of the past and future, a world in which only the experience of single moments counts, we rediscover with the protagonists the slowness, travails and beauty of everyday rituals. Sadness, joy and thoughtfulness are all allowed to speak for themselves without comment. By creating a strong emotional bond to the protagonists, the film makes their view of the world tangible, thereby revealing their inner light.
Documentary form95’ · Colour · 2K DCP
Born in Buxtehude, Germany in 1981, he studied cinematography at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. His graduation film Closing Time, directed by Nicole Vögele, premiered at the 2018 Locarno Festival where it won the Premio speciale della giuria Ciné+ in the Cineasti del presente section. In 2014 Nebel (Fog), which premiered at the Berlinale, won him the award for Best Cinematography at the Sehsüchte Student Film Festival. He currently works as a freelance cinematographer and filmmaker. Das innere Leuchten (The Inner Light) is his directorial debut.Filmography
2019 Das Innere Leuchten (The Inner Light); documentary
Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019