Screenings in September

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SCREENINGS JUNE 2011

SCREENINGS IN MAY

(Deutsch) SCREENINGS IM APRIL

Mannheim // Agenda Kino // 9.4.2011 // 19.30 p.m.

Türkische Filmtage  München //10.4.2011

CROSSING EUROPE Filmfestival Linz 12. – 17. April 2011

SCREENINGS IN MARCH

Film Festival Turkey/Germany  17-27.3.2011

19.3.2011, 15 p.m.

26.3.2011, 15 p.m.

(Deutsch) SCREENINGS IM JANUAR

(Deutsch) ZDF KLEINES FERNSEHSPIEL // 29.11.2010

(Deutsch) Kinostart Berlin

CRITICS

DEUTSCHE WELLE // KULTUR 21 // 15.11.2010 (at 13:55)

SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG // 26.10.2010 // BY MARTINA KNOBEN

“A definite must-see is also „We are based down South“, a document of globalization. At issue are Turks born in Germany who are forced to live in Turkey again and are working there in a German-speaking call center. Bizarre, the way they use swabian dialect on the phone and conserve their “40 square meters Germany” in their homes, as one of them quips. Seeking a feeling of belonging and identity, Germany turns into a place of longing – Sarrazin ought to get dizzy in the face of so much hopeless volition to integrate. Unfortunately, Martina Prießner’s precise, focused film was overlooked for a festival award, even though all the implicit themes of this 53rd Leipzig Documentary Festival emerged in it: generational conflicts – some of the German Turks were veritably abducted by their parents -, the hopeless passion of many of the protagonists and their melancholy. And additionally the – deeply democratic – interest for the many provincial locations of this world.”

ttt – TITEL THESEN TEMPERAMENTE // 24.10.2010 // BY NORBERT KRON

“The film ironically foils the heated integration debates. While the politicians continuously talk about migrants who ostensibly refuse to integrate, in the film the audience witnesses Turks who have long become Germans, but are not allowed to live in Germany. A wonderful film that avoids agitated hollow words. Here we see people who have grown up among us, but are forced to remain outside.”

http://www.wdr.de/tv/westart/dienstag/sendungsbeitraege/2010/1102/sueden.jsp

MITTELDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG // 25.10.2010  // BY RÜDIGER SUCHSLAND

“These days, the festival has more visitors than ever and is, next to the Berlinale, the german festival with the greatest international appeal, the second most-important documentary festival world-wide – an obligatory date for the industry. And it is especially those films that are politically explosive and provoke reflection as well as debates which make Leipzig worth the trip. Those were most likely to be found in the german competition, such as the strong ‘We are based down South’ by Martina Prießner.”

tip // 10.11.2010 // BY LARS PENNING

„We Are Based Down South“ is a haunting contribution to the theme of home, Heimat. And Heimat has long ceased to be the country of origin of one’s ancestors, it is the society into which one has been socialized. An insight which conservative german politicians still find difficult to come to terms with, as the reactions to the Federal President’s recent, rather unspectacular speech on the belonging of Islam to Germany have shown. It is all the more important to be repeatedly reminded of this fact, taking actual life stories as examples.

FLUTER // 11.11.2010 // BY CHRISTINA MOLES KAUPP

The niche locations of wistful German Turks are to be found everywhere in Istanbul. At their borders, the contrast with turkish realities intensifies. Over the course of several months, filmmaker Martina Priessner investigated how the different worlds interact and what kinds of conflicts emerge. Undisguised, beautiful images convey the lifeworlds of protagonists and show what the latter define as home: a tacky coffee house in the Black Forest or a bleak 1970s fountain in a backwater town near Frankfurt. This degree of rootedness in german culture probably goes beyond the scope of both the current integration debate and the powers of imagination of Sarrazin and his allies.

taz // 12.11.2010 // BY INES KAPPERT

The Federal Republic as a land of longing? German Turks who live in a South that gives them no pleasure; this is an unusal perspective. It makes Martina Priessner’s gentle, almost elegiac documentary well worth seeing. What is more, “We Are Based Down South” gets by without so-called honour killings or sibling drama, there is no religious bigotry nor headscarf issue. Instead, the Berlin filmmaker shows a reality which falls through all the grids of the reductive image of Turkey widespread in Germany.

ZITTY // 4.11.2010 // BY ALINA STEINBERG

Martina Priessner has discovered fascinating people and offers an impressingly intimate perspective on life stories between closure and new beginnings.

AVIVA-BERLIN ONLINE MAGAZIN // 11.11.2010 // BY EVELYN GAIDA

Toward the end of the film, Bülent dozes off on the callcenter-shuttlebus after yet another long exhausting workday. In his surroundings, the german and the turkish language merge into a diffuse buzz. Priessner’s film similarly demonstrates, emphatically and extremely moving, the manifold and complex multivocality of cultural identities which does not follow biological criteria nor bureaucratic obstacles, yet is continuously subjected to and by them.