The odyssey of a former Algerian contract worker in the GDR who, having kidnapped his son, sets off on an aimless journey. The apocalyptic landscapes crossed by the two prove to be inner landscapes, inhabited by few people, as silent as the tragic hero himself.
After the dissolution of the GDR Kadir finds himself once again completely uprooted. Having spent the recent past stranded as an Algerian contract worker in East Germany, he is subsequently confined in a mental hospital for the following two years. Upon his release he learns that his German wife has filed for divorce and refuses to allow him to have any contact with their child. On the spur of the moment he abducts the two-year-old and sets off with him on a journey to the south, a journey which ultimately remains aimless. The locations with which he finds himself and his son confronted prove to be inner landscapes consisting of apocalyptic settings and unsettled, taciturn people.
With his feature film debut Uli M. Schueppel succeeds in combining concrete historical processes with archetypal figures and universal situations. The oppressive mood is enhanced by the rigorous camerawork of Ciro Cappellari and the association-rich soundtrack from Mick Harvey (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds) and Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten). In the words of the director "films that say everything are not my thing. FATHERLAND offers no solution. FATHERLAND is an outcry.“ CL
PRO RE | Farbe / Colour
Uli M Schueppel
Mick Harvey, Alexander Hacke
Olivier Picot, Heide Bartolomäus, Christin König, Miroslav Baka, Alexander Hacke
A. Kitzler & U. Schueppel
Uli M Schueppel
+49 179 2905958
Uli M Schueppel - born in 1958 in Erbach, today Germany. He studied directing at the DFF Berlin, where he also teaches today. He has directed numerous short films, feature films, documentaries, music videos and video installations. The latter are presented at well-known exhibitions around the world. He has received several awards for his films. Music plays an important role in his work.
THE ROAD TO GOD KNOWS WHERE (1990, doc)
PLANET ALEX (2000)
BERLIN SONG (2007, doc)
ELEKTROKOHLE (VON WEGEN) (2009, doc)
DER ATEM (2019, doc)