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Wasteland (Auf der Kippe)


Life in and around Dallas, the Gypsy settlement on the edge of the rubbish dump in Cluj, Romania. I stayed for six months among their shacks with my camera. At first, they kept asking, "What is it you want to film now?", but, by the end, it was, "How will we manage without you for so long, Don Andrei?" And in between: a lot of dust; newly-born children; friendship with the 67-year-old Dica; Sonia's and Ciula's wish to go to school for the first time at the age of thirteen; the rain in July and the never-ending screening of what we'd filmed at Sia's bar; their rubbish didn't seem at all horrible on the screen. And the fact that none of them seemed anything like as dirty there as they did in real life ...

The film exists in a TV version of 59 min.
Category Documentary
Director Andrei Schwartz
Screenplay Andrei Schwartz
Cinematography Gabor Medvigy
Zsuzsa Csákány, Terez Losonci
Costel Ciofu, Crina Lacatus
Producers Ralph Schwingel, Stefan Schubert
Production Company Wüste Film/Hamburg, in co-production with ZDF
Runtime 75 min
Format 35 mm, DigiBeta PAL, color, b&w
 Romanian/German & English voic
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby A
Festivals Amsterdam 97: Joris-Ivens-Award, Hot Docs Toronto 98: Blue-Ribbon-Award
With backing from MOIN Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film, Filmbuero NW, Hamburger Filmbuero

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