What remains? Lives leave traces, just like the passage of time. Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit examines how one relates to the other. On the basis of letters, diary entries, photographs and notes, Thomas Heise reconstructs the lives of four generations of his family in Vienna, Dresden and Berlin. We see black and white images of the places and landscapes mentioned in the correspondence, as they look today, bearing the traces of time: the labour camp in Zerbst, the former National People’s Army Barracks, a university hall, terraced houses in Mainz. There are also, time and again, cracks in the earth, stations, train tracks, and more tracks. Slowly but surely Heise draws the viewer into a story of a family and a country in which – just like Marker of Lanzmann – he challenges and subverts the conventions of the documentary film.
Program: Cis Bierinckx