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Eye Song (Augenlied)

Eye Song
Janis Wega (photo © Pilotfilm)

Does someone who doesn't see, see nothing? Blindness is fascinating for the sighted. And alarming. And inconceivable. How do the blind see the world? We took a trip through Europe. And met very different people. All are blind. A film exclusively with the blind. But it deals with seeing. With the visible and the invisible. With hearing, with smelling. With beauty and with fear. With dreams. With perception of the world with all the senses. Not a film about the handicapped. A film about us. About our retina, our perception. "The seeing, it seems to me, don't really see very much," somebody says at some point. And laughs. And tells us a tale, wild and chaotic like a movie for the wide screen. All the blind see. In their dreams.

Eye Song is a film about loss. And a film about wealth. A wealth that - however concealed - is in all of us. Suddenly, in the middle of Frankfurt, the blind mother says: "I smell the sea breeze." And the professor from England knows the answer to the question: Why does one kiss with closed eyes?


Mischka Popp studied at the Academy of Music and Theater in Hanover. During the 1960s, she worked at various theaters in Germany and Switzerland and has been working for radio and television since the early 1970s. In 1983, she founded the production company Pilotfilm. Her award-winning films include: Vom Flachlegen und Aufstehen (1986), Potemkinsche Stadt (1986), Giftzwerge (1990), Meine Schuhe halten ewig (1991), Herzfeuer (1993), Unten - Gespraeche mit Armen (1995), Murks (1995), Koerper (1995), Schotten dicht - Ein Beitrag zur Sicherheit (1996), Malen wie Mord und Totschlag (1996), Jonny der Heizer - Das verkaufte Lachen (1997), Kopfleuchten (1998), Higgs - Die Jagd nach den Unsichtbaren (2000), and Eye Song (Augenlied, 2003).

Thomas Bergmann studied Ethnology and embarked on a literary and journalistic career working for radio and television during the 1960s. His award-winning films include: Vom Flachlegen und Aufstehen (1986), Potemkinsche Stadt (1986), Giftzwerge (1990), Meine Schuhe halten ewig (1991), Herzfeuer (1993), Unten - Gespraeche mit Armen (1995), Murks (1995), Koerper (1995), Schotten dicht - Ein Beitrag zur Sicherheit (1996), Malen wie Mord und Totschlag (1996), Jonny der Heizer - Das verkaufte Lachen (1997), Kopfleuchten (1998), Higgs - Die Jagd nach den Unsichtbaren (2000), and Eye Song (Augenlied, 2003).
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2003
Directors Mischka Popp, Thomas Bergmann
Screenplay Mischka Popp, Thomas Bergmann
Cinematography Andreas Höfer
Peter Przygodda
Glasmusik, Cantus Lapidum
Cast Guenther Wieland, John M. Hull, Nuria del Saz, Stefan Demeter, Renata Wojewoda, Janis Wega, Stefan Tarasewicz, Tamara Kurenkowa, Oleg Pilugin, Natascha Pilugin, Reinhard Riemer, Malik, Neslihan
Producer Mischka Popp
Production Company Pilotfilm/Frankfurt, in cooperation with ZDF, ARTE
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions German
Original Version
 German/English/Spanish/Polish/Russian
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Munich 2003, U.S. International Film Festival Redondo Beach 2003
Awards Creative Excellence Redondo Beach 2003
With backing from Hessische Filmfoerderung, Investitionsbank Hessen (IBH)
German Distributor GMfilms/Berlin

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