2K-Video, Sound, Colour, 28 min, 2022


The world is not always beautiful, my mother says. My child wakes up. My parents smile at each other, and recount.



Festivals & Awards

German Short Film Award 2022 for best Documentary

European Media Art Festival Osnabrück 2022

Oberhausen International Short Film Festival 2022 (Award of the NRW competition)

Kurzfilm Festival Hamburg 2022

Kasseler Dokfest 2022

blicke. filmfestival des Ruhrgebiets 2022

Kurzfilmfestival Köln 2022 (out of competition)

Jury statement

The view of a landscape devastated by brown coal opencast mining is the pivotal image. The jagged landscape reveals decades of digging and ravage. The digging continues, stripping away layer by layer and exposing what was hidden. The film that gives us this image examines the model of the family. In this complex arrangement, everyone has a position in space and time, layers are heaped upon layers. Parents and siblings look back, remember and take stock, unfolding a mesh of care and love, of heaviness, coercion and control. The meticulously composed images deepen the space of reflection. The excellent montage tells us only what is absolutely necessary while finding the right rhythm. Everything refers to the issue of becoming. What is passed on? Which traits are inherited? Which kind of behaviour is reproduction? And what does this mean for one’s own life, education, gender roles and modes of communication?
(Birgit Hauska, Hilde Hoffmann, Ulli Klinkertz for Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen)

Funded by

Film- und Medienstiftung NRW


filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf