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MAKING OF HEIMAT

MAKING OF HEIMAT
photo © if...Productions/Jörg Adolph

In between celebrating his 80th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the Oberhausen Manifesto, Edgar Reitz shot his latest film. With HOME FROM HOME - CHRONICLE OF A VISION he aims to continue not only his world famous HEIMAT series but also his earliest works. A whole village in the Hunsrück region of Germany is taken back in time to 1840 by set designers, actors and actresses are cast in full costumes and according to their matching compatibility as a family ensemble. MAKING OF HEIMAT observes all stages in the creation of this challenging film and takes on Edgar Reitz' point of view on filmmaking. And in his case filmmaking means a nearly four hour long afterthought of the "Young German Cinema" movement in digital cinemascope and black and white! The filmmakers strictly followed Edgar's dictum: "Don't do an ordinary making-of but make a film that shows how films are made".


Jörg Adolph was born in 1967 and studied German Literature, Media Sciences, Ethnology and Art History in Marburg, followed by studies in Documentary Filmmaking at the University of Television and Film in Munich. Also active as an editor and instructor, a selection of his films includes: SMALL, FAST AND OUT OF CONTROL (2000), ON/OFF THE RECORD (2002), KANALSCHWIMMER (2004), HOUWELANDT - EIN ROMAN ENTSTEHT (2005), DAS DUNWICH-PROJEKT (2006), DIE REPRODUKTIONSKRISE (2007), LOST TOWN (2009), DIE OBERAMMERGAUER LEIDENSCHAFT (2009), HOW TO MAKE A BOOK WITH STEIDL (2010), DIE GROSSE PASSION (2011), and MAKING OF HEIMAT (2013).

Anja Pohl studied History and Politics before starting her career as a film editor. In between, she studied General Design at the Zurich School of Design. She returned to Berlin to work on Dieter Wedel's DER SCHATTENMANN and Klaus Maria Brandauer's MARIO UND DER ZAUBERER. Since 1996, she has been working as a freelance editor for feature and documentary films, such as: EL BULLI - COOKING IN PROGRESS (dir: Gereon Wetzel), THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL (dir: L. Falorni, B. Davaa), GOLDENE ZEITEN (dir: Peter Thorwarth), and MEIN LEBEN IM OFF (dir: Oliver Haffner).
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2013
Directors Jörg Adolph, Anja Pohl
Screenplay Jörg Adolph
Cinematography Jörg Adolph
Cast Edgar Reitz, Gernot Roll, Toni Gerg, Christian Reitz, Salome Kammer, Nikolai Eberth, Ute Cremer, Uwe Klimmeck, Michael Riessler, Jan Schneider, Maximilian Scheidt, Antonia Bill, Marita Breuer, Philine Lembeck, Rüdiger Kriese, Werner Herzog
Producer Ingo Fliess
Production Company if... Productions, in co-production with Bayerischer Rundfunk, SWR
Length 119 min
Format DCP, color, b&w, 16:9
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Hof 2013, IDFA 2014, Black Nights Tallinn 2014
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern

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