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GFQ 1_2013

BRUNDIBAR – NON JOKING AREA ESSENSRETTER Contact Douglas Wolfsperger Filmproduktion World Sales Global Screen photocourtesyofThurnFilm photo©JoachimGern GFQ 1-2013 14 IN PRODUCTION Genre Documentary Director Valentin Thurn Screenplay Valentin Thurn Director of Photography Frank Kranstedt Producer Astrid Vanderkerkhove Co-Producer Valentin Thurn Production Company Schnittstelle/Cologne, in co-production with Thurn Film/Cologne Original Version English, German Shooting Dates October 2012- January 2013 “Eat your broccoli!”, “I want to see an empty plate”, “Finish your food”: no matter what the phrase, we encourage children not to waste food and yet, today, half of it is still thrown away. FOOD SAVERS (ESSENSRETTER) is the story of people who are fighting for a different approach to one of life’s essentials. Farmers, super- market executives, cooks, design students and completely average households, each one is at a different point in the supply, production and consumption chain. What they all share is the desire to bring about a new appreciation of food, replacing the one that, bit by bit, has been lost in recent years. Each one of their examples poses the question: why is it so difficult to reverse this trend? Analyzing each point of the production process, FOOD SAVERS shows that, purely from a business management point view, throwing food away can even pay off, although it is a disaster for the environment and feeding of the world. The film then examines what kinds of approaches to a solution make sense. The basic issue, pursued throughout the commentary, is that if politics and society have already formulated the clear-cut goal to stop food waste, why, then, is it so hard to make this goal a reality? By the end it becomes obvious that this is a “task of the century”, a state of affairs that can only be ended with a fundamental change in our way of doing business, by bringing economic pressure to bear. Every participant in FOOD SAVERS is confronted with a guiding question with regard to their ethical standpoint. A movement in favor of greater appreciation of food already exists amongst the widest of social groups. Especially encouraging is that the subject has become particularly important to young people, too. In the process, very different views of the world reach the same conclusion: whether Christian, Muslim, Buddhist or Humanist, food has a value that goes way beyond the monetary. SK Genre Art, Education, History, Music, Theater Category Documentary Director Douglas Wolfsperger Screenplay Douglas Wolfsperger Directors of Photography Frank Amann, Igor Luther With Greta Klingsberg, Anika Westphal, Ikra-Fatma Latif Producer Douglas Wolfsperger Co-Producer Pavel Strnad Production Company Douglas Wolfsperger Filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with Negativ Film Productions/Prague, WDR/Cologne, Cine-Impuls/Stuttgart Original Version German Shooting Dates February-November 2012 With back- ing from MEDIA, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Czech Film Fund, German-Czech Future Fund, Ursula Lachnit-Fixson Foundation Documentarist Douglas Wolfsperger portrays four young adults, all of whom come from either a problem and/or migration background, mounting the opera Brundibár in Berlin’s Schaubühne theater. It’s a joyful opera for children, but one which also carries a tragic notoriety. It was once performed by children in the Theresienstadt concentration camp, granting them a bit of joy and distraction amidst the horror around them. It was also abused by the Nazis for propaganda purposes, such as when the Red Cross made its inspections, and moreover appeared in the notorious Third Reich propaganda film, DER FÜHRER SCHENKT DEN JUDEN EINE STADT (translation: ‘The Führer Gives the Jews a Town’). In today’s Theresienstadt, another time, another and yet the same place, the young performers meet one of the child stars from those days, Greta Klingsberg, now an expressive elderly lady in her eighties who belongs amongst the very few young actors of the time to have survived the deportations. It is an encounter that leaves its mark … As one of the youngsters wrote in his on-set diary, “After talking with Greta I went to have a look around all by myself. I got lost and ended up in the Jewish cemetery … As I got closer and closer I felt more and more uneasy. I felt like I was treading on somebody who could not defend themselves.” SK S.14_in_production1.qxp_Layout 1 21.01.13 10:38 Seite 1