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photo © Bastian Günther/INDI FILM GmbH

A story about searching and longing. Or, the art of mosquito and vector control.

A nameless character (X) is on a work trip through the post-apocalyptic environment of the housing crisis in the Mojave Desert. His job is to exterminate pests from the pools of foreclosed homes. On the road through this isolated region, everything from dragonflies to tarmac reminds him of Chelsea, his ex-girlfriend.

As the trip progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult to find any water. To make matters worse, he is losing contact with headquarters. The landscape he is passing through looks familiar. It is his life – empty, sad and isolated. Lovesick, he stops hunting for pests. He reflects on alternative ways of living and eventually finds himself in his own solitude.

This hybrid film fluidly crosses borders between fiction, documentary and essay. An impressionistic use of images, photos and narration reflects the narrator’s state of mind.
Genre Experimental, Melodrama, Road Movie
Category Docu-Fiction
Year of Production 2014
Director Bastian Günther
Screenplay Bastian Günther
Cinematography Michael Kotschi
Cast Jay Lewis, Dan Peart, Chelsea Williams
Producers Arek Gielnik, Sonia Otto, Dietmar Ratsch
Production Company INDI FILM/Stuttgart, in co-production with ZDF, in cooperation with ARTE
Runtime 83 min
Format DCP, Blu-ray, color, 1:1.85
Subtitled Version German
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, Creative Europe MEDIA, German Federal Film Fund
German Distributor Real Fiction Filmverleih/Cologne

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