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Hans Warns - My 20th Century (Hans Warns - Mein 20. Jahrhundert)

Hans Warns - My 20th Century
Scene from "Hans Warns - My 20th Century"

A compilation feature about the life of the Bremen sea captain Hans Warns. Born in 1899, so always as old as the century itself, Hans Warns documented all the sea voyages of his life with his own photographs and films, beginning as a 14 year old ship's boy on the Chile sailing ship "Herbert" in 1914, and culminating with a final exhibition of his photos in a Bremen old people's home in 1993. The film offers a wealth of material, the history of a century at sea, compiled and processed to include original noises, contemporary musical recordings and historical film material - as well as restaged sequences technically and aesthetically oriented upon the filmic texture of Warns' own material.
Genre Biopic
Category Feature
Year of Production 1999
Director Gordian Maugg
Screenplay Gordian Maugg
Cinematography Hans Moser, Andreas Giesecke, Thomas Rosié
Monika Schindler
Ferdinand Foersch, Heidi Aydt
Cast Florian Hoeber, Shenja Lacher, Julia Jessen, Leonor Q. Ochoa
Producer Susanne Binninger
Production Company Gordian Maugg Filmproduktion/Heidelberg & Berlin, in co-production with ZDF
Runtime 100 min
Format 35 mm, color, b&w
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Mono
Festivals Toronto 1999, Berlni 2000 (Forum)
With backing from German Federal Film Board / FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, MFG Baden-Württemberg

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