Phantasiesätze

Many years ago, the cities by the river were gripped by a contagion. Things started to change and everything slowly became something else. It was not clear if transformation was a symptom of the disease or a way to escape it. The contagion touched everything and everyone: animals and plants, stones and soil, men, women and children, their thoughts, their dreams, their memories. An old woman once told me how all memories turn into trees, I could hardly make out what she was saying. She said she could hear the trees singing: To be a body, to be any body. After the years of contagion ended, the cities appeared untouched. One had to look hard to see the traces of the previous time. If one could listen to the trees, what would they say? A way out, a way out?

Credits

Director, Writer and Editor

Dane Komljen

DoP

Jenny Lou Ziegel

Sound Design and Mix

Simon Apostolou

Music

Aaron Hemphill

Archive

Anatolij Gora

Producer

Zsuzsanna Kiràly

Technical information

Germany, Denmark 2017
DCP | 1:1,85 with Pillarbox, Original Format 1:1,33 | 5.1 Mix |

Funding provided by

Commissioned by CPH:Lab
,
BKM Short Film Funding
and
Freundinnen und Freunde der Heinrich Böll Stiftung

Festivals

Locarno Film Festival, Signs of Life Competition – Fundación Casa Wabi Mantarraya Award
,
Toronto International Film Festival – Wavelengths
,
New York International Film Festival – Projections
,
Pančevo Film Festival
,
Batumi International Artouse Film
,
Festival FICValdivia Pravo
,
Ljudski Film Festival Sarajevo
,
International Film Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao Zinebi – Audience Award
,
Mar del Plata International Film Festival
,
Around the World in 14 Films
,
Belgrade Auteur Film Festival
,
Human Rights Film Festival Zagreb
,
Transcinema Film Festival
,
FICUNAM
,
CPH:DOX
,
International Film Festival of Uruguay
,
Locarno in LA
,
Beursschouwburg Brussels
,
EMAF
,
Kiev International Short Film Festival
,
Martovski Festival
,
Fronteira International Film Festival
,
Jeonju International Film Festival
,
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen
,
IKFF Hamburg
,
Encuentros Cámara Lúcida Ecuador
,
Moscow International Experimental Film Festival
,
Guanajuato International Film Festival
,
Belo Horizonte ISFF/Festcurtash
,
Les États Généraux du film Documentaire Lussas
,
ZINEBI at Tabakalera
and
Front International Film Festival

Distributors

Arsenal, Institut für Film und Videokunst
,
Kinoscope
and
Mubi

Bio/Filmo Dane Komljen

Dane Komljen, born in 1986 in Banja Luka, SFR Yugoslavia. He studied cinema and art. His first feature, All the Cities of the North, premiered in 2016. Afterwater is his second feature. He works and lives in Berlin.

  • Afterwater, feature film (2022)
  • Phantasiesätze, short film (2017)
  • All the Cities of the North, feature film (2016)
  • All Still Orbit, short film (2016)
  • Our Body, short film (2015)
  • A Surplus of Wind, short film (2014)
  • Tiny Bird, short film (2013)
  • Bodily Function, short film (2012)
  • I Already am Everything I Want to Have, short film (2010)