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Die fünfte Himmelsrichtung Martin Prinoth

A family film about the search for one’s biological mother, for roots, one’s identity. The trail leads to the Dolomite Alps, Brazil and even the bottom of the ocean.

Die fünfte Himmelsrichtung

Documentary Film
78 minutes

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Martin Prinoth, Valerio B. Moser, Andreas Pichler
Martin Prinoth
Max Andrzejewski, Marco Mlynek
Jytte Hill
Martin Prinoth
Martin Prinoth, Akın E. Şipal
Martin Prinoth
The drama is reflected in geological dimensions, in primeval depths. Where does mankind’s desire to learn how the world was created come from? Where do we come from? There is stardust, the primary matter, the answer to the question, in the rocks at the bottom of the ocean. The origin of all life can be studied, but not necessarily the origin of an individual life.

Martin Prinoth took his film to the bottom of the sea – where the primary stone is found. And where his cousin Georg’s body sank when he was killed in a plane crash over the Atlantic in 2009. Georg was adopted, like his brother Markus. They were born in Brazil and moved into a village in the Dolomites when they were small children, with no knowledge of their origin and who were or are their biological mothers. “The Fifth Point of the Compass” goes on an exceptionally sensitive and attentive quest for the roots and identities of its protagonists – from South Tyrol to Brazilia and finally to the bottom of the ocean.

Lukas Stern

Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize