Central Airport THF

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    Central Airport THF

    Zentralflughafen THF

    Directed by

    Germany, France, Brazil

    2018

    97 min

    • English
    • German
    • Russian
    • Arabic

    Documentary

    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.

    Awards

    • Amnesty International Prize - Berlin IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cinematography
    Juan Sarmiento G.
    Editing
    Felix von Boehm
    Music
    Benedikt Schiefer
    Sales
    LUXBOX
    Production
    LUPA FILM
    Production
    LES FILMS D’ICI
    Production
    MAR FILMS

    Press

    Karim Aïnouz beautifully combines his superb eye for architectural forms with humanistic glimpses into refugees in Berlin.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    Karim Aïnouz achieves the perfect balance between people and locale.

    Jay Wessberg, Variety

    captures the unsayable with indescribable elegance.

    Bénédicte Prot, Cineuropa

    Karim Aïnouz

    Karim Aïnouz

    Brazil

    (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.

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