Thomas Heises Heimat is a Space in Time # made a deep impression during last year's film festival in Berlin. The main prize from the renowned international film festival Visions of the Real in Nyon in Switzerland confirms that the film is an exceptionally intense example of documentary art where the impact is created with relatively simple aesthetic tools and slow build-up. The camera mostly glides over insignificant places: desolate mountain scenery, ruins, untamed forests, train and underground stations and areas that are in the process of being transformed or about to be abandoned. The volatile mood of the images is further enhanced by the accomplished black and white aesthetics. We also get to see pictures from family archives and, strangely enough, a longer dialogue between the filmmaker's father, the philosopher Wolfgang Heise, and the playwright Heiner Müller.
The film is dominated by a narrator's voice quoting from the letters of four family generations. We are drawn into the suffering, loss and grief of people who try to preserve a dignity in times of political powerlessness, corruption, surveillance. . .
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