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HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME picks up the biographical pieces of a family torn apart through the end of the 19th and into the 20th century. It is about people who by chance found each other, only then to lose each other. Now it is their descendants, their children and grandchildren, who are beginning to disappear.

This is all about speaking and silence. First love and happiness lost. Fathers and mothers, sons and brothers, the affairs, the hurt and the joy in landscapes of transition – each bearing the intertwining, hallmarks of their times. A collage of images, sounds, letters, diaries, notes, voices, fragments of time and space.

HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME is a journey of reflection of time and the love held within using sounds, images and language. Yet some of it shall remain forever lost.

“The material used in this film is what remains of my family. The remnants of those I knew, whose circumstances I had been part of or had otherwise experienced. Remnants that mirror history. A history that is just as much my own.” (Thomas Heise)

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).
Genre Experimental, History
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2019
Director Thomas Heise
Cinematography Stefan Neuberger
Producer Heino Deckert
Co-Producer Johannes Rosenberger
Production Company Filmproduktion, in co-production with Navigator Film
Length 218 min
Format DCP, 1:1.78
Original Version
 German, Korean
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlinale 2019, Nyon 2019, Jeonju 2019, Crossing Europe Linz 2019, FID Marseille 2019, Jerusalem 2019, New York 2019, Sydney 2019, Valladolid 2019, Sao Paulo 2019, IDFA 2019, Thessaloniki 2019, Mar del Plata 2019, Torino 2019, Muestra Internacional de Cine Lanzarote 2019
Awards Caligari Film Prize 2019, Sesterce d'or la Mobilière Best Film Int. Feature Nyon 2019, Social Awareness Award - Best Documentary Linz 2019, Jury Prize Muestra Internacional de Cine Lanzarote 2019
With backing from BKM, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
German Distributor GMfilms/Berlin

World Sales
Deckert Distribution
Heino Deckert

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