Heimat is a Space in Time

Documentary / Germany – Austria / 2019 / 218′

  • Director:Thomas Heise
  • DoP:Stefan Neuberger
  • Editor:Chris Wright
  • Festival:69. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin – Forum
  • Distribution:GMfilms
  • World Sales:Deckert Distribution

‘Heimat is a Space in Time’ follows the biographical traces of a tattered family throughout the 20th century. People who once happened to find each other, then lost each other. Their remaining children, grandchildren now disappear. It’s about speaking and silence. First love and lost luck. Fathers, mothers, sons, brothers, affairs, hurt and joy in changing landscapes, which carry different, intertwined traces of time. A collage of pictures, sounds, letters, diaries, notes, noises, voices, fragments.

‘Heimat is a Space in Time’ is a reflection on time, love and people, manifested in sounds, images and language. There’s always a remainder.

The materials of the film are the remains of my family, leftovers. Those of whom I know, whose circumstances I have witnessed, or those who I learned of otherwise. Remains that reflect history, history that is mine too. (Thomas Heise)

A documentary by Thomas Heise. In co-production with Navigator Film and ZDF/3sat. Supported by Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Bundeskanzleramt Österreich – Sektion für Kunst und Kultur, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, FISA – Filmstandort Austria, Zukunftsfonds der Republik Österreich and Wien Kultur.