Sergej in the Urn

Documentary / Germany / 2009 / 104’

  • Author:Boris Hars-Tschachotin
  • Director:Boris Hars-Tschachotin
  • DOP:Peter Badel, Sirko Knüpfer
  • Editor:Sirko Knüpfer, Boris Hars-Tschachotin
  • World Sales:Deckert Distribution
  • Festivals:achtung berlin 2010, DOK.fest Munich 2010, Kassel Documentary and Video Festival 2010, FIPA Biarritz 2011

Charismatic, erratic, egocentric, almost forgotten… Sergej Tschachotin was a scientist of international repute, friend to Pavlov and Einstein, revolutionary and pacifist. His private life was changeful too: five marriages, eight sons. The film tells the story of Tschachotin’s epic existence – from 1883 to 1973 – through the memories of four of his sons. Speaking openly for the first time, they talk about Tschachotin’s role as a cancer researcher, his participation in anti-totalitarian propaganda movements, and his crusade against the arms race. But each son also exposes his conflicted relationship with a colossal fatherly shadow.

In co-production with Liquid Blues Production in association with 3sat and YLE (FI). Supported by Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung.