DEFENDER OF THE FAITH
DEFENDER OF THE FAITH tells the story of a man who has dedicated his life to preserving the Church but instead led it into its greatest crisis: Joseph Ratzinger, the German Pope Benedict XVI. The documentary analyses the ideological, cultural and organizational failings of an institution that claims to proclaim the absolute truth as it struggles to come to terms with modern democratic society that has accepted diversity and pluralism as fundamental rights.
Director CHRISTOPH RÖHL // Editor MARTIN REIMERS //
DoP JUAN SARMIENTO G., JULIA WEINGARTEN //
Music ALI N. ASKIN // Narrator ULRICH TUKUR //
Sound Mix TORBEN SEEMANN Dramaturgy ANNE FABINI //
Creative Producer KATHARINA BERGFELD, NADJA SMITH //
Producer MARTIN HEISLER Production FLARE FILM //
in Co-Production with 3Sat,RBB,EIE
Festivals: DOK.fest München // Filmfestival Cologne
Theatrical Release: 31.10.2019
BOY OF WAR
Artiom is 18 years old and has just one wish: to go to war and fight for his homeland, Ukraine. Everything else comes second. He dresses in camouflage, watches war videos online, and in his free time practices battle scenes with his friends. Or at least they think they are battle scenes. As a child, he only sees the surface of the war. And he has the bad luck that the fighting rages so tantalizingly close. This observational documentary studies the cult of war in a post-Soviet setting where those who succumb to the allure of battle are the least suitable and least predisposed to fighting – a fact perfectly illustrated by Artiom’s final struggle with the reality of war.
Festivals and Awards: Special Mention & Student Jury Award, Jihalava International Documentary Festival
VFF Documentary Production Award – DOK.fest München // Beldocs International Documentary Festival 2019
Finale Plzen Film Festival 2019
Director CYPRIEN CLÉMENT-DELMAS, IGOR KOSENKO // Editor MARTIN REIMERS, OSCAR LOESER // Producer FABIAN DRIEHORST // Cinematographer IVAN CASTIÑEIRAS Sound Design SANDRA KLOUZOVÁ // Sound Engineer ANDRII NIDZELSKYI // Production FABIAN & FRED in Co-Production with ANALOG VISION (Czech Republic) // Funding FFA, BKM, JIHLAVA FILM FUND
WIN BY FALL
At the age of 12, Janny, Lisa, Debby and Michelle leave their home for a sports school in the East German province to become wrestlers. A documentary about coming-of-age between boarding school corridors, wrestling gyms and boyband posters.
Director ANNA KOCH // Script ANNA KOCH & JULIA LEMKE // DoP JULIA LEMKE // Montage MARTIN REIMERS & HENRIKE DOSK // Production ANNA WENDT & FABIAN WINKELMANN // Producer JOLANKA HÖHN & ROMANA JANIK // Commissioning Editor ROLF BERGMANN // Sound Design JANA IRMERT // Mixdown JAN PASEMANN // Sound ALEXANDRA PRAET // Score KURT KOCH & JANA IRMERT // Titlesong interpreted by LUISE MAKAROV
Festivals and Awards (Selection) International Hof Film Festival (Germany) 2016, GRANIT Best Documentary // International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (Netherlands) 2017 // BAFICI Buenes Aires (Argentina) 2017 // SXSW Festival Austin, TX (USA) 2017 // Neisse Film Festival (Czech Republic, Germany, Poland) 2017 // Achtung Berlin - new berlin film award (Germany) Best Documentary, Best Cinematography 2017 // DOK.fest München (Germany) 2017 // ZLIN International Film Festival for Children and Youth (Czech Republic) 2017 // Deutsches Kinder-Medien-Festival GOLDENER SPATZ (Germany) 2017
MY FRIEND ROCKEFELLER
Christian Gerhartsreiter, a man eventually known as “Clark Rockefeller”, lived a life of deception; the FBI called it „the longest-running con in FBI history.“ After ingratiating himself into New York society and marrying a top banker with a Harvard MBA, „Clark“ settled into his new luxurious life. The two had a daughter, before they divorced after 13 years. When his wife won custody, a distraught Clark abducted his beloved daughter. Ironically, it was the search for the missing child that not only exposed a web of lies and multiple identities, but a double murder committed decades earlier. How was Gerhartsreiter able to dupe so many people – from the very cream of society? What buttons did he press?
Director STEFFI KAMMERER // Script STEFFI KAMMERER // DoP JESSE BEECHER & OLIVER BUSCHNER // Montage MARTIN REIMERS // Production MARTINA HAUBRICH & GUNNAR DEDIO // Line Producer JAN HEINRICH MÜLLER // Sound TOBIAS FRITSCH
RETURN TO HOMS
Filmed between August 2011 and August 2013, this is a remarkably intimate portrait of a group of young revolutionaries in the city of Homs in western Syria. They dream of their country being free from President Bashar al-Assad and fight for justice through peaceful demonstrations. As the army acts ever more brutally and their city is transformed into a ghost town, the young men become armed insurgents. The protagonists are two friends: Basset, the charismatic 19-year-old goalkeeper of the national soccer team whose revolutionary songs make him the voice of the protest movement, and the 24-year-old media activist and cameraman Ossama. The close-up camerawork takes the viewer right into the group. Scenes of lively protest parties make way for panicking civilians on the run, followed by grim battles in a deserted city, and rising numbers of fallen loved ones. Basset's a cappella protest songs are the only soundtrack, apart from the "silence, interrupted only by birds and bullets." From time to time, the director makes a comment in voice-over: “The world is watching how we are getting killed one by one, while it remains silent as the grave.”
Director & Script TALAL DERKI // Producer HANS ROBERT EISENHAUER & ORWA NYRABIA // DoP KAHTAN HASSOUN, OSSAMA AL HOMSI, TALAL DERKI, ORWA NYRABIA // Editor ANNE FABINI // Associated Editor MARTIN REIMERS // Sound Design & Mix TOBIAS TRESCH & ANSGAR FRERICH
Festivals and Awards (Selection) WINNER SUNDANCE FILMFESTIVAL 2014 (Best Documentary) // WINNER San Francisco International Film Festival (Best Documentary) // WINNER Krakow Film Festival (Best Documentary)
LA TIERRA SE QUEDÓ
Every day, Solangel, Ruben and Teodoro trudge around on foot through the chaos of the densely populated city of Bogota. They are looking for food, work, money and a little justice. They can feel the painful experiences of the past; all of them were violently forced to leave their home villages. But they do not allow themselves to be discouraged from taking hold of the new lives that have been forced upon them and they try to survive the harsh everyday realities with a great deal of energy, endurance and humor.
Director JUAN SARMIENTO // Script KATHARINA BERGFELD // DoP JUAN SARMIENTO // Montage MARTIN REIMERS // Production HFF Konrad Wolff // Producer TILMAN KOLB // Commissioning Editor ROLF BERGMANN // Sound Design JOHANNES VARGA // Mixdown SILVIO NAUMANN // Sound CHRISTIAN SIMON & JEAN COLLOT