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A shimmering light, the rustle of the leaves, round spots of light in the shade of a tree. The sun reflects on the water. It is an element and counterpart. Can nature observe itself? A cinematic reflection on the presence and absence of things.

The film UMBRA deals with rare and common optical phenomena that occur in nature. These phenomena evoke familiar images such as shadows or reflections on a water surface, but also unusual ones like the “Brocken spectre” or the pinhole effect during a solar eclipse. These ancient and natural projections can be considered as pre-cultural and independent of any apparatus. They occurred even before mankind and are united by their intangible, ephemeral presence. In their immateriality and fragility, they are precursors of the cinematic image.

UMBRA develops a visual dialogue between phenomenon and apparatus, archetype and image, self and self-perception.
Genre Experimental, Nature
Category Short
Year of Production 2019
Directors Florian Fischer, Johannes Krell
Screenplay Florian Fischer, Johannes Krell
Cinematography Florian Fischer, Johannes Krell
Producers Ray Peter Maletzki, Stephan Helmut Beier
Co-Producer Johannes Krell
Production Company RosenPictures Filmproduktion, in co-production with Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM)
Runtime 20 min
Format DCP, 1:1.85
Festivals Berlinale 2019 (Berlinale Shorts), Molodist Kyiv 2019, Curtas Vila do Conde 2019, São Paulo Int. Short FF 2019, Vancouver 2019, IDFA 2019
Awards Golden Bear Best Short Film Berlinale 2019
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Motion Picture Fund, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung

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