Berlin's historic defunct Tempelhof Airport remains a place of arrivals and departures. Today its massive hangars are used as Germany's largest emergency shelter for asylum seekers, like 18-year-old Syrian refugee Ibrahim. As Ibrahim adjusts to his transitory daily life of social services interviews, German lessons and medical exams, he tries to cope with homesickness and the anxiety of whether or not he will gain residency or be deported.
- Amnesty International Prize - Berlin IFF
- Black Movie Independent Film Festival 2019
- San Francisco International Film Festival 2019
- CPH:DOX 2018
- Cinéma du réel 2018
- Berlinale Panorama 2018
- Istanbul Film Festival 2018
- Helsinki IFF - Love & Anarchy 2018
- Montreal International Documentary Festival - RIDM 2018
- IDFA 2018
- Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018
- Zurich Film Festival 2018
- Göteborg Film Festival 2019
- Juan Sarmiento G.
- Felix von Boehm
- Benedikt Schiefer
- LUPA FILM
- LES FILMS D’ICI
- MAR FILMS
Karim Aïnouz beautifully combines his superb eye for architectural forms with humanistic glimpses into refugees in Berlin.
Karim Aïnouz achieves the perfect balance between people and locale.
captures the unsayable with indescribable elegance.
(To be a filmmaker) it takes more than patience, you need to be stubborn and not listen to people.
Born in Fortaleza, Brazil in 1966, he studied architecture in Brasilia and film at NYU before completing the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He was assistant director to Todd Haynes, worked on over 20 films as an editor and has been directing his own films since 1992. In 2014 his film PRAIA DO FUTURO screened in the Berlinale Competition while CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE, which he co-directed, screened in the Berlinale Special programme.