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Dreams of Lusatia (Träume der Lausitz)

Dreams of Lusatia
Scene from "Dreams of Lusatia" (photo © Ariane-Film/Börres Weiffenbach)

Dreams of Lusatia documents an emerging region. It introduces people who are promoting change and bearing the burden of it. However, it also shows a landscape now radically altering its appearance – a landscape of the future.

The present-day existence of Lusatia, situated in the south-east of Brandenburg/northern Saxony, seems rather weak by comparison to its rich past. The previously dominant brown coal industry is in decline. Wolves and other exotic international flora and fauna are inexorably re-conquering their original habitats. The film investigates the question of Lusatia’s future. Or is it all just a dream? The dream of a landscape for people, like that of Prince Pückler...?

But we also find think-tanks in Lusatia, where attempts are being made to design the landscape of the future.

Some people have avoided the general exodus from the countryside and stayed here. They tell their own stories in the film. We experience at first hand their attempts to wrest a habitable area from the damaged landscape, witnessing their imagination and commitment.

The problems of our planet are mirrored in Lusatia: our ruthless over-exploitation of nature and subsequent attempt to recreate the ecological balance. The outcome of this experiment on the biggest landscape construction site in Europe has not been decided yet…
Genre Nature
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2009
Director Bernhard Sallmann
Screenplay Bernhard Sallmann
Cinematography Börres Weiffenbach
Claudia Gleisner
Cast Wolfgang Fietze, Prof. hc. Helmut Rippl, Prof. Dr. Rolf Kuhn, Johannes Kapelle, Stephan Kaasche
Producer Christian Schulzki
Runtime 85 min
Format HDCAM, color
Subtitled Versions English, Chinese
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals DOK Leipzig 2009, Cottbus 2009, BAFICI Buenos Aires 2010, Beldocs 2011
Awards DEFA Promotion Award 2010
With backing from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, Sächsische Landesanstalt für privaten Rundfunk und Neue Medien

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