1976: Search for Life

Filmstill 1976: Search for Life

1976: Search for Life

1976: Search for Life
Tess Martin
International Competition Animated Film 2023
Animated Film
11 minutes
German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing

A new father takes his wife and daughter on a journey to his mother’s birthplace in Scotland. It is 1976 – the year in which NASA’s Viking 1 and 2 space probes land on the surface of Mars. They send images of an only vaguely explored area from a great distance, enabling a first look into the history of an alien planet. Like the NASA scientists, the small family are hoping that their journey will give them insights into the past, an understanding of the present situation and perhaps even the chance to anticipate the future.

Texts from the father’s travel diary, photos and video recordings are interwoven with visual and sound material from the NASA archives to form a multilayered narrative that navigates several decades of family history, cosmological questions and philosophical reflections. A filmic multiverse unfolds before us whose elementary particles oscillate between times and worlds, between reality and fiction.

Franka Sachse

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Tess Martin
Matija Pekić
Nominated for: mephisto 97.6 Audience Award