Section: U18 Youth Film Competition

1986

1986

Lothar Herzog
Germany, 2019, 80 Min

Lena's father Vassili was caught smuggling and sentenced to a fine he cannot pay. He has to go to prison. For the young Belarussian woman, the solution is obvious: she will take over her father's business in order to raise the necessary money for his release from prison. But the Mafia has its own laws.

Lena is bored with her business studies, and she isn't really making much progress in her hobby of photography. And then the matter with her father. So, she gets involved in the dangerous business that he had been earning his money with. She travels with an 18-ton truck from former Soviet army stocks to the "zone" around Chernobyl to collect scrap metal there and sell it off to dubious scrap dealers. But in addition to the health risks, she must first win the trust of the middlemen. Lena initially needs the necessary "seed capital" instead of making a profit right away. Her boyfriend Viktor is supposed to be helping her, but their relationship is in crisis. He is cheating on her. Moreover, he has received a scholarship to study in Sweden. Staged with consummate ease, the portrait by the DFFB graduate Lothar Herzog swings between opposites. The images of a flat woodland and meadow landscape contrast with the modern skyline of the capital of Minsk in the same way as Lena's emotional world moves between antagonisms – courage and despair, love and jealousy, resignation and perseverance. MM

Filmformat
DCP | Farbe / colour
Drehbuch
Lothar Herzog
Kamera
Philipp Baben der Erde
Ton
Johannes Kaschek
Schnitt
Stefanie Kosik, Lothar Herzog
Ausstattung
Kirill Galitski
Musik
Fabian Saul, Rafael Triebel
Darsteller
Daria Mureeva, Evgeni Sangadzhiev, Aleksei Filimonov, Aleksei Kravchenko, Helga Filippova, Vitali Kotovitski
Produzent
Benny Drechsel
Produktion
Rohfilm Productions GmbH www.rohfilm.de Idastr. 39 04315 Leipzig Germany +49 341 393 784 60
Co-Produktion
DFFB, WDR, ARTE
Kontakt
DFFB
Josephine Aleyt
j.aleyt@dffb.de
Tel +49 - (0)30 - 257 59 - 152
Fax +49 - (0)30 - 257 59 - 163

DFFB
Potsdamer Str. 2, 10785 Berlin, Germany
Lothar Herzog

Lothar Herzog - born in 1977 in Freiburg, Germany, and raised in Paris. He studied Applied Cultural Studies in Hildesheim. He then took part in theatre productions, realised video installations and studied film in San Francisco. He started studying directing at the dffb in 2005, 1986 is his graduation film. Herzog lives and works in Berlin.

Movies
SHIVAS PRESENT (2006, short)
WASSERSPIEGEL (2008, short)
BONZENKARREN (2008, short)
WEISST DU EIGENTLICH DASS GANZ VIELE BLUMEN BLÜHEN IM PARK (2011, short)

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