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KNISTERN DER ZEIT– CHRISTOPH SCHLINGENSIEF UND SEIN OPERNDORF IN BURKINA FASO CRACKLE OF TIME– CHRISTOPH SCHLINGENSIEF AND HIS OPERA VILLAGE IN BURKINA FASO An African Bayreuth? An opera in Burkina Faso? Christoph Schlingensief, the German film, theater and opera director had a vision for an opera village in Africa. Despite cancer, he made trips to Burkina Faso, such was his devotion and conviction. CRACKLE OF TIME tells the story of the im- possible project: To build an opera village in Burkina Faso, a space combining art and life, with a school, theater, hospital, living quarters, a football field, a lunchroom. Schlingensief wanted everything it needs to live and survive. Everything in one place. From the initial location search in May 2009 and the ground-breaking in February 2010 to the emergence of the school, the documentary take us up close to the German artist Christoph Schlingensief and his architect Diébédo Francis Kéré who originally comes from Burkina Faso. But then everything changed. Christoph Schlingensief died in August 2010. Death played a role from now on. After a period of standstill, the team of the opera village went on. The documentary gets behind the vision of the opera village and witness the struggles and hurdles. In October 2011 the school celebrated its opening. In 2011 Christoph Schlingensief was posthumously awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for his stage installation, “fluxus oratorium – church of fear” in the German pavilion. Genre Art, Theater, Music, Architecture, Africa, Human Interest Category Documentary Year of Production 2012 Director Sibylle Dahrendorf Screenplay Sibylle Dahrendorf Directors of Photography Philipp Tornau, Christoph Krauss, Ingo Brunner With Christoph Schlingensief, Aino Laberenz, Diébédo Francis Kéré Producers Michael Bogár, Johannes Nowbary Co-Produ- cer Sibylle Dahrendorf Production Company Perfect Shot Films/Berlin, in cooperation with ZDF, ORF, Goethe-Institut Length 106/52 min Format DCP, HDCAM, Blu-ray, color, 16:9, 1:1.78 Original Version German, French, Moré Subtitled Ver- sions English, French, Spanish, Portuguese Festivals Dokfest Munich 2012 With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Branden- burg, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund  SIBYLLE DAHRENDORF was born 1964 in Cologne. Since 1992 she has been living in Berlin and works as an author, film director, and freelancer for several TV broadcasting stations, realizing reports, features and documentaries (shooting in Germany, Bosnia, Columbia, Mexico, Argentina, Israel and Africa). Since 1998 Sibylle Dahrendorf has been working with the artist, film and theater director Christoph Schlingensief and accompanied him and his work for many TV features. CRACKLE OF TIME – CHRISTOPH SCHLINGENSIEF AND HIS OPERA VILLAGE IN BURKINA FASO is her first documentary for the cinema. World Sales Patra Spanou spanoupa@yahoo.de photos©Filmgalerie451/AinoLaberenz/SibylleDahrendorf GFQ 1-2013 28 NEW GERMAN FILMS S.28_KNISTERN_DER_ZEIT_Layout 1 21.01.13 09:28 Seite 1

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