A landscape after industry and people who reinvent the countryside and themselves. In the final phase of the International Building Exhibition Fürst-Pückler-Land, Bernhard Sallmann explores how a handful of visionaries discover and build the future Lake district in the leftover desert. The heirs to Prince Pückler in a homeland film, which in 2009 seemed like science fiction.
Sallmann places the third part of his Lusatia trilogy in the tradition of the DEFA director Peter Rocha, who in 1989/90 in THE PAIN OF LUSATIA (FFC 2017) described the extent of the destruction caused by open-cast mining in a shocking way. But now we see people who see a harbour basin with a chain of lakes in a lunar landscape, who dream of new forests, experiment with boulders, build floating houses, resettle Holland here or circumnavigate the remaining holes of the open-cast mines on all conceivable sports equipment. While the masses lack one thing: work. Thus, the wolf conquers the land from which people disappear or are left behind in shrinking cities. Although – or perhaps precisely because of this – the film makes clear the ambivalence of the development and deals with the loss as well as the atmosphere of departure, it was controversially received in Lusatia at this time. In any case, it is one of the most important cinematic explorations on the search for identity in a region that is still searching. GL
DCP | Dok. | Farbe / Colour
Klaus Barm, Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer
Johannes Kapelle, Prof. Dr. Rolf Kuhn, Prof hc. Helmut Rippl, Wolfgang Fietze, Stephan Kaasche
Ariane Film GmbH
Salzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH
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Bernhard Sallmann - born in 1967 in Linz, Austria. He first graduated in journalism, German philology and sociology in Salzburg and Berlin. He then received his diploma in film and television directing from the former HFF "Konrad Wolf" (today Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF). He is a freelance filmmaker and known for his films, which defy any conventions.
BERLIN NEUKÖLLN (2001, doc)
40 KM BRANDENBURG (2002, doc)
DAS SCHLECHTE FELD (2011, doc)
FASTENTUCH 1472 (2015, doc)
ODERLAND. FONTANE (2016, doc)