Konstantinos-Antonios Goutos, FRA, GER, GRE 2011, 2’
A child’s shoe lies on the edge of a railway platform. An uncut video with no additional technical tricks preserves the drama of its forlornness in real time and gives it a title that is 170 years old.
Corinna’s younger brother Tiemo spends his life in social isolation and consistent pessimism, he is suicidal and refuses therapy. Their parents have had enough and turn him out of the house. Since then Tiemo has been vegetating in a caravan in Ingmar’s garden and Corinna, who is getting increasingly involved in his problem, still hopes that things will improve from now on. But Tiemo’s doubts seem insuperable and his intentions deliberately unrealistic.
In May 2010 thousands of people were made homeless when the Vistula flooded. In the ruins of his parents’ house Czapla finds nothing but a box of old family photographs. But they too have been severely damaged by water and mud, and cannot be saved. Film as an attempt to preserve bygones eradicated by the natural course of time, unfamiliar fragments, and a catastrophe as one’s own origin and family history.
Wera and Marcel’s mother came as a Jewish communist to Palestine. From there she was deported to France. Her husband Sioma fought in Spain, was interned in France, handed over to the Gestapo and murdered in Auschwitz. In 1941 Tonia voluntarily registered as a Jew in France, but was arrested there in 1945 as an illegal immigrant. With her children she returned to Poland, where in 1949 she was again arrested. For five years she suffered humiliation and torture, and then, despite having been released as innocent, continues to insist that she was an accomplice of Noel Fields. She remains a communist until the end of her life in Israel. Wera and Marcel hum a left-wing children’s song that has stuck in their memory.