This year's edition of Heimat/Domownja/Domizna shows various aspects of a major theme. The coal commission, the Lusatian Round, the energy revolution – structural change is omnipresent in Lusatia.
BLAST EXCAVATOR 1010, which reflects the tension between industrialisation/technical progress and the destruction of nature/loss of home as already being an issue in the Weimar Republic through the medium of a classic silent film, shows that the problem is not new and not limited to Lusatia. An absolute rarity and exciting discovery, also because of the avant-garde music.
How people in a shrinking town redefine their place in working society through dancing – in powerful strides to Stravinsky's "Le Sacre du Printemps" – is impressively demonstrated in the documentary film ONCE WE ARE DANCING in its world premiere.
The choice of this year's homage could not have been more appropriate. For the first time, it is dedicated to an artist who is not a Lusatian. With his work, however, he has described the upheaval in the region, the consequences of mining and the traces it has left on nature over the last two decades like no other. With his contemplative hikes through the landscape, the Austrian-born Bernhard makes it possible to see his "homeland" of Lusatia in a completely new and different way. The reencounter with his Lusatian trilogy (2003-2009), which was shot during the International Building Exhibition Fürst-Pückler-Land, clearly conveys the feeling of a landscape that – in the spirit of Pückler – can never be understood as being in a finished state, but always in a process of evolving. This is also confirmed by Sallmann's brand new film SPREELAND. FONTANE, dedicated to Fontane's "Spreeland". FONTANE. As is our tradition, the homage will be accompanied by a workshop discussion.
Interestingly, three Austrian filmmakers are represented in our Heimat series this year. Like Bernhard Sallmann, the Carinthian Slovenian Karl Vouk has been drawn to Lusatia for many years, and he has dealt in numerous works and exhibitions with the destruction of landscape and culture by mining. And, like his compatriot, he makes use of an experimental, metrically austere cinematic structure – with a disturbing effect.
Carinthian Slovenian Andrina Mračnikar dedicates herself to a subject which is just as virulent in Lusatia: the past of her people, an ethnic minority in Austria, under National Socialism. She interweaves native language eyewitness accounts of old women and men with her own very personal views into impressive testimonies of past and ongoing discrimination. She will give an insight into her work during a workshop – also in the light of the fact that a similar reappraisal of the past still has to be done for the Sorbs/Wends.
And because their own language is so indispensable, Sorbian films also have their place in our programme: on the occasion of the 125th birthday of the Sorbian poetess Mina Witkojc, who was born not far from Cottbus, in Burg in the Spreewald, we will be presenting a portrait of her in the original language version. In another artist portrait produced in 2018, Roman Pernack, a Berliner with Sorbian roots, dedicates himself to the Sorbian composer Juro Mětšk. Sorbian music also forms the basis for the new work by the artist Maja Nagel, who was already the subject of an homage at our festival: a cinematic hybrid on the theme of war and peace. Anna Kindermann, a film student from Cottbus, joins the ranks of local filmmakers and their remarkable works with a small film on a big topic. GL
The section Heimat/Domownja/Domizna is supported by the Foundation for the Sorbian People.
A Sorbian Folklore Group - Sprjewjan. Serbska Folklorna Skupina
Eine sorbische Folkloregruppe - Sprjewjan. Serbska Folklorna Skupin
GDR / 1987 / 16 min
When traces become visible
Wenn Spuren sichtbar werden
GDR, Czechoslovakia / 1983 / 18 min
The Man who knew 75 Languages
Mannen som kunne 75 språk
Norway, Poland, Lithuania / 2016 / 64 min
Witaj means: I salute you
Witaj heißt: Ich grüße dich
GDR / 1980 / 45 min
Struga - Portrait of a Region
Struga - Bilder einer Landschaft
GDR / 1972 / 30 min
In Search of the Promised Land. The Stories of Jurij Brězan
Suche nach Glücksland. Die Geschichten des Jurij Brězan
GDR / 1989 / 49 min
Race Against Time. The Sorbs - Slavs in Germany
Leben gegen die Zeit. Die Sorben - Slawen in Deutschland
Germany / 1993 / 46 min
Portrait of a Central Point. A Film Based on the Sketches of Jurij Brě
Porträt eines Mittelpunktes. Ein Film nach Skizzen von Jurij Brězan
GDR / 1976 / 23 min
Overcoming Hatred. A Black Businessman in Hoyerswerda
Sieg über den Hass. Ein schwarzer Geschäftsmann in Hoyerswerda
Germany / 1995 / 30 min
Jo to dosć - Is it enough?
Jo to dosć - Reicht das aus?
Germany / 2016 / 4 min