Perspektive Deutsches Kino: Heimatfilm and Heimat Horror

Sandra Hüller in Sleep by Michael Venus

With a compact programme of eight films, in 2020 Perspektive Deutsches Kino celebrates the world premieres of four outstanding feature films and four documentary films. From more than 200 registered works these visually, formally and substantially interesting films stand out. The year 2020 will be the first time that Kino International will serve as the premiere cinema for Perspektive Deutsches Kino. All eight films compete for the Compass-Perspektive-Award, which is endowed with 5,000 €. The director Mia Spengler, the screenwriter Bernd Lange and the producer Melanie Andernach (MADE IN GERMANY) will decide on the prize for the best film in the programme, which will be awarded on Friday, February 28 at 7.30 pm at Kino International. Afterwards the winning film will be shown.

Which perspectives can German film unfold? And what forms of cinematic expressions do the directors find for their first works? The Perspektive Deutsches Kino shows what motivates the new filmmakers and what questions they pose in reflection of society and its social and political orientation. “I see every film in the programme as a Heimatfilm, not as a transfiguration in the romantic, kitschy style of the 50s, but as a confrontation with the world we live in - right up to Heimat horror”, comments section head Linda Söffker with regard to this year’s selection.

In almost all of the chosen films, the directors cast a light primarily on dynamic female characters, women who determine the fate of the world in small and large contexts and who have their own ideas as to what constitutes home. Within these films inevitable questions become visible and need to be asked in a world where the concept of home is changing.

How can you live when work disappears through automation and digitalisation? (Automotive, D: Jonas Heldt)
To what extent does our past have an influence on future generations and how do we define ourselves because of it? (Ein Fisch, der auf dem Rücken schwimmt, D: Eliza Petkova; Schlaf, R: Michael Venus; Walchensee Forever, D: Janna Ji Wonders)
What impact does escape, displacement and integration have on our identity? (Im Feuer, D: Daphne Charizani)
How can you create an emotionally stable sense of home for your children under precarious circumstances and patchwork conditions? (Kids Run, D: Barbara Ott)
Do hobby rooms as a projection of your big dreams offer an alternative to our hectic life? (Garagenvolk, D: Natalija Yefimkina)
And how do we want to live in the future and in which direction is our country moving? (Wagenknecht, D: Sandra Kaudelka)
The programme will be completed on the Berlinale Publikumstag with the winning documentary film of the FIRST STEPS Award Out of Place by Friederike Güssefeld (Sunday, March 1 at 8.30 pm in CinemaxX 1).

by Jonas Heldt
World premiere / Documentary form / Debut film

While Sedanur spends the whole night in Ingolstadt sorting car parts, headhunter Eva is looking for specialists in logistics automation. Two very different representatives of a generation in which, sooner or later, everyone will be replaceable.

Im Feuer (Sisters Apart)
Germany / Greece
by Daphne Charizani
with Almila Bagriacik, Zübeyde Bulut, Maryam Boubani, Christoph Letkowski, Gonca de Haas
World premiere

Rojda, a German soldier and native Kurd, volunteers for a mission to train female Kurdish soldiers in Iraq to fight ISIS. No one must know that she is actually looking for her missing sister.

Schlaf (Sleep)
by Michael Venus
with Gro Swantje Kohlhof, Sandra Hüller, August Schmölzer, Marion Kracht, Agata Buzek
World premiere

Mona’s days are filled with concern for her mother, a woman broken by her belief that her nightmares are real. In search of answers, Mona arrives in a village where she encounters an old family curse in a strange hotel.

by Sandra Kaudelka
World premiere / Documentary form

Left-wing politician Sahra Wagenknecht’s working day is marked by applause and admiration but also doubts and intrigues. This film follows her and her team: from the 2017 election campaign to her withdrawal from political leadership in 2019.

Guest of Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Out of Place
by Friederike Güssefeld
Documentary form

Three young Germans sent to an educational project in the middle of Romania. This quietly observational film brings us closer to Kevin, Dominik and David – their loneliness, their desires and their turmoil – in this remote place.

As of January 15, 2020

Perspektive Deutsches Kino Premieres to Take Place at Kino International

Eline Doenst, Giuseppe Bonvissuto, Jannis Niewöhner, Sophia Demer in Kids Run by Barbara Ott

Perspektive Deutsches Kino (section head Linda Söffker) is re-establishing itself and providing a platform for young German film at the historic Kino International. The first four film directors, whose films promise a versatile cinema and festival year are “ones to watch”. In the area of the internationally-orientated Berlinale sections and initiatives, Perspektive Deutsches Kino provides up-and-coming German film with an excellent platform for presentation, as well as connecting film teams with international festival curators, distributors, sales agents, editors and critics. All selected films are in competition for the Compass-Perspektive-Award and for the first time this year for the Heiner Carow Prize, endowed by the DEFA Foundation.

Ein Fisch, der auf dem Rücken schwimmt (A Fish Swimming Upside Down)
by Eliza Petkova
with Nina Schwabe, Theo Trebs, Henning Kober, Anna Manolova, Márton Nagy, Leon Ullrich
World premiere

Andrea, a woman without a past, is the object of both Philipp’s and his son’s desire. A love triangle filled with expectations, longing and fears leaves open the speculation of who knows what about whom.

Garagenvolk (Garage People)
by Natalija Yefimkina
World premiere / Documentary form / Debut film

In Russia’s unwelcoming north, garages stretch out into endlessness. Behind rusty doors everything can be found, except cars. They are the refuge of the Russian man, the vanishing point out of bleak daily life and a signal of hope for big dreams.

Kids Run
by Barbara Ott
with Jannis Niewöhner, Lena Tronina, Eline Doenst, Giuseppe Bonvissuto, Carol Schuler, Sascha Geršak, Oliver Konietzny
World premiere / Opening film / Debut film

Andi’s life is a constant battle for his home, his three children and the woman he still loves. He only has two weeks to pay her back the borrowed 5,000 €. When he loses his job, an amateur boxing tournament looks like the only solution.

Walchensee Forever
by Janna Ji Wonders
World premiere / Documentary form / Debut film

If there is such a thing as a family memory that carries forward over the course of history, then it determines the actions of every generation. The director tells the story of the women in her family, set amongst Walchensee, the Summer of Love, hippie dreams and the harem surrounding Rainer Langhans.

As of December 17, 2019