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SPREELAND. FONTANE

SPREELAND. FONTANE

Bernhard Sallmann
Germany, 2018, 79 Min

A journey through the region between Spreewald and Köpenick in the footsteps of Fontane's "Wanderungen durch die Mark Brandenburg" (“Ramblings through Brandenburg”). The poet described a landscape that hardly exists anymore and of which Bernhard Sallmann contrasts still images with the text quotations suggestively read by Judica Albrecht. A film exploration of space with a touching effect.

Bernhard Sallmann

"But Lake Zeuthen is already the countryside; the villas stop, the influence of the capital disappears and the actual "Wendei" begins," writes Theodor Fontane in the 1882 published volume "Spreeland". With an eye for the detail, he not only explores nature, but is also interested in the life of the inhabitants of the region, especially the Wends. In the third part of his Fontane cycle, Sallmann finds a landscape marked by industrialisation and cultural loss, whose brittle beauty his camera captures. Meadows in the morning fog, tree figures, old churches and castles, but above all water becomes the protagonist; in lakes, ponds, residual holes, rivers and streams. The text follows the route of Fontane, while the image meanders in space, returning again and again to the consequences of mining and the sound adding its own element. The image never illustrates the text, but rather precisely from its disparity arises a tension-laden dialogue between the past and present of a vulnerable landscape. GL

Filmformat
DCP | Dok. | Farbe / Colour
Drehbuch
Bernhard Sallmann
Kamera
Bernhard Sallmann
Ton
Klaus Barm
Schnitt
Christoph Krüger
Produzent
Bernhard Sallmann, Klaus Barm
Produktion
Bernhard Sallmann
Kontakt
Bernhard Sallmann
Schöneweiderstr. 19
12055 Berlin
0175.6212657
030.6857675
bernhard.sallmann@berlin.de
Bernhard Sallmann

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.

Movies
BERLIN NEUKÖLLN (2001, doc)
40 KM BRANDENBURG (2002, doc)
DAS SCHLECHTE FELD (2011, doc)
FASTENTUCH 1472 (2015, doc)
ODERLAND. FONTANE (2016, doc)
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