The film picks up the biographical pieces of a family, through the end of the 19th and into the 20th century. It is about people who by chance found each other, only then to lose each other. Now it is their descendants, their children and grandchildren who are beginning to disappear. This is all about speaking and silence. A collage of images, sounds, letters, diaries, notes, voices, fragments of time and space.
Thomas Heise (Berlin, 1955), after his military service in the East German armed forces, began to work as an assistant director at the DEFA - Studio for Feature Films in 1975. Between 1978 and 1983 he studied at the Academy of Film & Television in Potsdam- Babelsberg. His first documentary, Wozu denn über diese Leute einen Film (1980), was banned from public screening. In 1990 he acquired his MA at the Berlin Academy of Fine Art. He was a member of the Berlin Ensemble until 1997, where acted as contributing director for a number of productions.
Wozu denn über diese Leute einen Film (cm, doc., 1980), Erfinder 82 (cm, doc., 1982), Das Haus (mm, doc., 1984), Volkspolizei (mm, doc., 1985), Heiner Müller 1 (mm, doc., 1987), 4 November 1989 (doc., 1989), Zuchthaus Brandenburg, Dezember 1989 (coregia/codirector Hans Wintgen, doc., 1989), Eisenzeit (Iron Age, doc., 1991), Stau - Jetzt geht’s los (Jammed - Let’s Get Moving, doc., 1992), Barluschke (doc., 1997), Neustadt Stau - Der Stand der Dinge (Neustadt Jammed - The State of Things, doc., 2000), Meine Kneipe (mm, doc., 2000), Vaterland (Fatherland, doc., 2002), Der Ausländer (The Foreigner, mm, doc., 2004), Mein Bruder. We’ll Meet Again (mm, doc., 2005), Im Glück - Neger (Lucky - Niggers, doc., 2006), Kinder. Wie die Zeit vergeht (Children. As Time Flies, doc., 2008).
“Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit is a journey of reflection of time and the love held within using sounds, images and language. Yet some of it shall remain forever lost. The material used in this film is what remains of my family. The remnants of those I knew, whose circumstances I had been part of or had otherwise experienced. Remnants that mirror history. A history that is just as much my own.”
HEIMAT IST EIN RAUM AUS ZEIT
Germania-Austria/Germany-Austria, 2019, 218’, bn/bw-col.
heimat is a space in time
regia, sceneggiatura/director, screenplay
Johannes Rosenberger, Constantin Wulff, Johannes Holzhausen
Navigator Film, ZDF/3sat