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CRACKLE OF TIME - CHRISTOPH SCHLINGENSIEF AND HIS OPERA VILLAGE IN BURKINA FASO (KNISTERN DER ZEIT - CHRISTOPH SCHLINGENSIEF UND SEIN OPERNDORF IN BURKINA FASO)

CRACKLE OF TIME - CHRISTOPH SCHLINGENSIEF AND HIS OPERA VILLAGE IN BURKINA FASO
photo © Filmgalerie 451/Aino Laberenz

An African Bayreuth? An opera in Burkina Faso?

Christoph Schlingensief, the German film, theater and opera director had a vision for an opera village in Africa. Despite cancer, he made trips to Burkina Faso, such was his devotion and conviction. CRACKLE OF TIME tells the story of the impossible project: To build an opera village in Burkina Faso, a space combining art and life, with a school, theater, hospital, living quarters, a football field, a lunchroom. Schlingensief wanted everything it needs to live and survive. Everything in one place. From the initial location search in May 2009 and the ground-breaking in February 2010 to the emergence of the school, the documentary take us up close to the German artist Christoph Schlingensief and his architect Diébédo Francis Kéré who originally comes from Burkina Faso. But then everything changed. Christoph Schlingensief died in August 2010.

Death played a role from now on. After a period of standstill, the team of the opera village went on. The documentary gets behind the vision of the opera village and witness the struggles and hurdles. In October 2011 the school celebrated its opening.

In 2011, Christoph Schlingensief was posthumously awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale for his stage installation, "fluxus oratorium – church of fear" in the German pavilion.


Sibylle Dahrendorf was born 1964 in Cologne. Since 1992 she has been living in Berlin and works as an author, film director, and freelancer for several TV broadcasting stations, realizing reports, features and documentaries (shooting in Germany, Bosnia, Columbia, Mexico, Argentina, Israel and Africa). Since 1998 Sibylle Dahrendorf has been working with the artist, film and theater director Christoph Schlingensief and accompanied him and his work for many TV features. CRACKLE OF TIME – CHRISTOPH SCHLINGENSIEF AND HIS OPERA VILLAGE IN BURKINA FASO is her first documentary for the cinema.
Genre Art, Theater, Music, Architecture, Human Interest
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2012
Director Sibylle Dahrendorf
Screenplay Sibylle Dahrendorf
Cinematography Philipp Tornau, Christoph Krauss, Ingo Brunner
Cast Christoph Schlingensief, Aino Laberenz, Diébédo Francis Kéré
Producers Michael Bogár, Johannes Nowbary
Co-Producer Sibylle Dahrendorf
Production Company Perfect Shot Films/Berlin, in cooperation with ZDF, ORF/Vienna, Goethe-Institut/Munich
Length 106 min
Format DCP, HDCAM, Blu-ray, color, 16:9, 1:1.78
Original Version
 German, French, Moré
Subtitled Versions English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Festivals Dokfest Munich 2012, Festival do Rio 2013
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Filmgalerie 451

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