Film Archive

Late Harvest 2019
Ceremony Phil Collins

What does Manchester in 2017 have in common with the Russian revolution? Friedrich Engels. His theories form the starting point for reflections on the state of contemporary Great Britain.

Ceremony

Documentary Film
Germany,
Ukraine,
UK
2018
67 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Siniša Mitrović, Natasha Dack Ojumu
Phil Collins
Mica Levi, Demdike Stare, Gruff Rhys
Neus Ollé-Soronellas, Joseph Briffa, Jonathan Stow, Alex Large, David Bewick, Pedro Labanca, Federico Funari, Phil Collins, Siniša Mitrović, Matthias Schellenberg
David Charap, Andreas Dalström
Phil Collins
Jochen Jezussek
What do 2017 Manchester and the Russian Revolution 100 years earlier have in common? Friedrich Engels. Before he wrote the Communist Manifesto with Karl Marx, the philosopher and entrepreneur had lived for a few years in the northern English industrial capital of the 19th century. Taking Engels’ communist theories as a starting point, the artist Phil Collins reflects on their topicality: What is the “condition of the working class in England” – the title of one of his main works – today? Wouldn’t Engels be more likely to write about the “working poor”? What are the differences between the past and present “tyranny of capital”, which still seems to have our societies, our life, thinking and actions firmly in its grip? Is that why communism has become a conceivable ideal again?

And Engels himself, too, gets to return to Manchester, in the shape of a statue whose transport from a Ukrainian village to its new home in the former industrial capital of the world the film follows – a many-layered socialist road movie from one of the outer edges of the EU to the (soon to be) other.

Frederik Lang
Late Harvest 2019
Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin Werner Herzog

Once again, Werner Herzog goes on a journey to make an intimate film not only about a friend but about himself – a curious dreamer and indefatigable nomad.

Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

Documentary Film
UK
2019
85 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Lucki Stipetić, Steve O’Hagan
Werner Herzog
Louis Caulfield, Mike Paterson
Marco Capalbo
Werner Herzog
Bruce Chatwin and Werner Herzog are brothers in spirit. One of them a legendary writer, the other a legendary filmmaker, two stubborn men. Both loved and still love adventures, especially hiking. Or, as Herzog likes to describe his obsession for long walks: “The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot.”

Chatwin died of AIDS in 1989. His filmmaking friend visited him shortly before he died to say farewell. It took thirty years before the German dedicated a very personal documentary portrait to the Brit. He follows in Chatwin’s footsteps, travelling – in his familiar casual and exploratory way – to the locales of the writer’s work, always carrying the old chestnut-brown leather backpack Chatwin gave him as a parting gift. He goes to the end of the world to South America to follow his friend’s impressive book “In Patagonia”, to the Australian outback to learn about the Aborigine song traditions that inspired Chatwin’s “Songlines”, and finally to the writer’s foggy homeland of Wales. Once more Werner Herzog sets out on a journey to ultimately realise an intimate film not only about a companion but most of all about himself – a curious dreamer and indefatigable nomad.

Julia Weigl