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Fern von uns

Far from Us

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After a long period away, Ramira returns to her family, a community of farmers of German descent in the Argentinian rainforest. The process of bridging the distance that has grown up between her and her three-year-old son Matteo and her mother, who raised him, is difficult. Ramira hardly knows what to do with herself. She keeps feeling drawn to the house of her deceased father, where pigeons have nested. Fern von uns is a film that conveys emotional states via atmosphere, the feelings which emerge when people reencounter those close to them, yet still so far away. It’s about mourning what was, what is, and what isn’t. The soundtrack captures the humid climate in impressive fashion, rich in insects, birdsong and claps of thunder, which hangs over all the characters like a fever. Even the cows are sick – like ghosts, they repeatedly appear before the camera, which forges enchanting images of animals and landscape. The directors manage to tell this story with at once lyricism and a lack of sentimentality. When Ramira and Matteo spend the night in the old house at the end and eat hard-boiled eggs together, the snow that starts to fall the next morning suggests better times may still arrive.

Verena Kuri
Laura Bierbrauer

Argentina 2019

Spanish, German, Portuguese

75’ · Colour

World premiere


Marcia Majcher (Ramira)
Cecilia Rainero (Joana)
Mateo Giménez (Mateo)
Juan Hintz (Juan)
Susana Da Silva (Isabel)
Gabriela Hintz (Gabriela)
Juana Hintz (Lara)
Arno Hintz (Arno)
Rafael Hintz (Raymundo)
Carlos Hintz (Carlos)


Written and Directed by
Verena Kuri, Laura Bierbrauer
Andrés Aguiló, Federico Lo Bianco
Laura Bierbrauer
Odin Schwartz
Sound Design
Nahuel Palenque
Mariángela Martínez Restrepo
Lukas Valenta Rinner, Nabis Filmgroup, Salzburg, Santiago Carabante, Verena Kuri, Nabis Filmgroup, Buenos Aires, Laura Biebrauer, Florencia Clérico


Verena Kuri

Born in Augsburg, Germany in 1979, studied Film Directing at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. Fern von uns is her second feature-length film.


2010 Epecuén; 8 min., co-directed by Sofía Brockenshire 2011 Geister (Ghosts); 11 min. 2017 Una Hermana (One Sister); 68 Min., co-directed by Sofía Brockenshire 2019 Fern von uns

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Laura Bierbrauer

Born in Darmstadt, Germany in 1980, studied Social Anthropology, as well as film. She works as a filmmaker and editor in Buenos Aires. Fern von uns is her first feature-length film.


2005 Zwischen den Grenzen (Between the Borders); 25 min., co-directed by Luise Donschen 2010 Fantasmas de Capital (Ghosts of the Capital); 50 min. 2019 Fern von uns

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Produced by

Nabis Filmgroup

Santiago Carabante

Nabis Filmgroup

Laura Bierbrauer

Florencia Clérico

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Mariángela Martínez Restrepo
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