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SEVEN TIMES A DAY WE BEMOAN OUR LOT AND AT NIGHT WE GET UP TO AVOID DREAMING (SIEBEN MAL AM TAG BEKLAGEN WIR UNSER LOS UND NACHTS STEHEN WIR AUF UM NICHT ZU TRÄUMEN)

SEVEN TIMES A DAY WE BEMOAN OUR LOT AND AT NIGHT WE GET UP TO AVOID DREAMING
photos © Susann Maria Hempel

A cinematic devotional book. Based on interviews with an unemployable sufferer (and his fellows), living in the East German countryside, who lost his memory in 1989 and woke up into several nightmares.


Susann Maria Hempel was born in 1983 in Greiz in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). She studied Media Art & Design from 2001-2009 at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. Her award-winning films include: THE CRYING THIRD (2008), THE MAN WHO DID NOT WANT TO CRY (2009), THE FLIES (THE BIRDS II, 2010), THE WORLD IN STILLNESS CLOUDED (2012), THE BIG ROT (2013), and SEVEN TIMES A DAY WE BEMAON OUR LOT AND AT NIGHT WE GET UP TO AVOID DREAMING (2014).
Genre Experimental
Category Short
Year of Production 2014
Director Susann Maria Hempel
Screenplay Susann Maria Hempel
Cinematography Berta Valin Escofet
Cast Henning Kunze
Producer Susann Maria Hempel
Production Company Susann Maria Hempel/Greiz
Length 18 min
Format HD, DCP, DVD, color, 16:9
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Dresden 2014, EMAF Osnabrück 2014, Oberhausen 2014, Bremer Kunstfrühling 2014, International Short Film Festival Hamburg 2014, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montreal 2014, Winterthur 2014, Riga International Film Festival 2ANNAS 2014, Bucharest 2014, Clermont-Ferrand 2015, Tampere 2015, IndieLisboa 2015, Odense 2015, Encounters Bristol 2015, Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival 2015, Sapporo 2015, Uppsala 2015, IndieCork 2015, York 2015, Molodist Kiev 2015, L'Alternativa Barcelona 2015
Awards Minister of Fine Arts Promotion Prize & Golden Horseman of the Youth Jury Dresden 2014, EMAF Media Arts Award of German Film Critics 2014, Best Contribution German Competition Oberhausen 2014, Jury Award German Competition Hamburg 2014, Special Mention Riga 2014, German Short Film Award 2014, Best Contemporary Experimental Short Sapporo 2015
With backing from Nordmedia, Thüringer Staatskanzlei, Kulturelle Filmförderung Kulturbüro der Landeshauptstadt Hannover, Cast & Cut Short Film Grant, Stiftung Kulturregion Hannover

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