Edgar Reitz prepares another Heimat
by Bénédicte Prot
- After the famous epic film trilogy Heimat, the great filmmaker of the German everyday and the land, Die andere Heimat
To each decade its own "Heimat" : after the famous epic film trilogy of 30 episodes and more than 50 hours ,Heimat 1 (1984), 2 (1992) and 3 (2004), Edgar Reitz (pictured) will, on April 17, immerse himself in shooting a feature film entitled Die andere Heimat ("the other home"), which he is producing himself through his company, Edgar Reitz Film.
The story, co-written with Gert Heidenreich by the film-maker who, at the beginning of his career, was signatory of the Oberhausen Manisfesto on new German cinema (which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary... and that of the death of "old-fashioned cinema"), will once again take place in the fictional town of Schabbach in the district of Hunsrück, where Reitz originally comes from and the history of which he has long been researching, by collecting archived documents such as personal accounts. The main action takes place in the middle of the 19th century and revolves around Jakob, the youngest of a family of local farmers and artisans who dreams of leaving for Brasil with his girlfriend.
The film’s photography has once again been entrusted in the care of Gernot Roll, who since Heimat 1 and 2 has actively worked on films such as Oscar-winning Nowhere in Africa [+see also:
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Concorde is planning to launch the film abroad next year.
(Translated from French)
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