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Amerika

Amerika

Films are components of the collective memory. They are substantially involved in whom or what we remember. This is the background of Amerika for the East German miners whose potash mine was closed shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall due to economic reasons. The director Jens Jenson puts the young miner Lanski at the center of the story as being representative of them as he sets off on an unfamiliar journey in an old Volga after losing his job. Amerika arouses the desire to look at these still free landscapes only a few years after the political changes. At the same time, the film describes the difficulties of its hero being able to cope with this new world.


Jens Jenson was born in Osnabrueck in 1963 and worked as a photographer at the "Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung" from 1984-1986 before studying German and Philosophy at the University of Bielefeld and at the town's Academy for Photographic and Film Design. After graduation, he worked as a freelance editor and cameraman for industrial films in Berlin from 1992-1993 and then ran his own TV production company bildpunkt TV from 1993-1996. He set up his Berlin-based company picture & motion Produktions GmbH. His films as director are Beschreibung eines Kampfes (short, 1988), One Hundred (short, 1991) and Amerika (2000). His films as director of photography include the TV reportages Kunst, Kommerz, Kitsch - Goethe in Weimar, Frankensteinfestival in Weimar and Weltsprache Musik (1999).
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Jens Jenson
Screenplay Jens Jenson
Cinematography Jens Jenson, Thomas Koppehele
Johannes Schmidt
Andreas Blumenthal
Cast Devid Striesow, Oliver Wronka
Producer Jens Jenson
Production Company Picture & Motion Produktion/Berlin
Length 66 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 2000, Karlovy Vary 2000, Barcelona 2000
German Distributor Cine Tracks

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