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CONSEQUENCE tracks the tiring working day between Christmas Eve and New Year at a small German crematorium operating 24/7.

Thomas Heise was born in 1955 and trained as a printer from 1971-1973. He began to work at the DEFA Studio for Feature Films from 1975 as an assistant director for filmmakers like Heiner Carow and Juli Raisman. In 1978, he began studying at the University of Film & Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg (HFF/B), but broke off his studies in 1982. Since then, he has worked as a freelance writer and director, and also as a contributing director at the Berliner Ensemble theater since 1991. A prolific documentary filmmaker, a selection of his films include: THE HOUSE (DAS HAUS, 1984), PEOPLE’S POLICE (VOLKSPOLIZEI, 1985), IMBISS SPEZIAL (short doc, 1989), IRON AGE (EISENZEIT, 1991), JAMMED – LET’S GET MOVING (STAU – JETZT GEHT'S LOS, 1992), BARLUSCHKE (1997), NEUSTADT/JAMMED – THE STATE OF THINGS (NEUSTADT/STAU – STAND DER DINGE, 2000), FATHERLAND (VATERLAND, 2002), CHILDREN. AS TIME FLIES (KINDER. WIE DIE ZEIT VERGEHT, 2007), CONSEQUENCE (GEGENWART, 2012), STAEDTEBEWOHNER (2014), and HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME (HEIMAT IST EIN RAUM AUS ZEIT, 2019).
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2012
Director Thomas Heise
Cinematography Robert Nickolaus
Producer Meike Martens
Production Company Blinkerfilm/Cologne, in co-production with WDR, ARTE
Length 65 min
Format HD, color
Festivals Rome 2012, Edinburgh 2013, Karlovy Vary 2013
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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