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SPACEMEN (RAUMFAHRER)

SPACEMEN
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Hand-luggage is packed in a cloth shopping bag, one last cigarette before there is a knock at the door – inmate Rene is being transported. For a court hearing, he is traveling in a prison bus to another institution in another city. SPACEMEN accompanies him and shows the tedious procedure of the transport from his point of view – an exhausting route full of controls, constant stop-and-go at locked doors and gates, and endless waiting.

When the bus is en route, the world passes by through the window in cinemascope format. The view of vastness, life and freedom is paraded before the prisoners’ eyes; a world in which they do not belong. With each stop, each station and each detention center the bus approaches, each change between prison and outside world, it becomes ever more perceptible that the revocation of freedom is simultaneously also the revocation of all means of autonomous action.

With insight into their emotions and thoughts, Rene and four other inmates illustrate how the procedure of this “trip” penetrates their everyday prison routine and at the same time pushes that which has long been suppressed back into their consciousness: desires, emotions, and time.

The film ends where it begins – in a prison cell. And then it is about re-establishing an everyday routine that helps them to forget about the days before them and all of the images of the outside world.


Georg Nonnenmacher was born in 1963 in Cologne. Also active as a lighting technician and producer, his films as a director include: SPOILSPORTS (SPIELVERDERBER, 2007), HAMLET-RELOADED (2014), and SPACEMEN (RAUMFAHRER, 2014).
Genre Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2014
Director Georg Nonnenmacher
Screenplay Georg Nonnenmacher
Cinematography Hajo Schomerus
Producer Georg Nonnenmacher
Production Company HiHEAD Film/Cologne
Length 40 min
Format DCP, HDCAM, color, 16:9
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Berlinale 2014 (Perspektive Deutsches Kino)
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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