Harvest

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    Harvest

    Stadt Land Fluss

    Directed by

    Germany

    2011

    85 min

    • German

    Drama

    When it’s harvest time, Sunday’s a workday as well. The barn has to be swept clean, and if the cow refuses to nurse her calf, it will have to be fed by hand. Marko has just started to work on a larger farm in the Nuthe-Urstrom Valley, 60 kilometers south of Berlin. If he passes his exams, he will be able to call himself a farmer. Whether he actually wants that or not, he hasn’t quite decided yet. Beyond work, he doesn’t have many friends; the 11 other trainees think he’s somewhat of a loner. However, when Jacob, a new intern, shows up at the farm, Marko begins to slowly shed his outsider role. During the harvest while transporting the grain and re-locating the calves, the two young men get to know each other better. For one day, they take off for Berlin and after that, nothing is quite the same. A love story starts to unfold—but neither of them has actually considered just how open they want to live in the world.

    Credits

    Cast
    Lukas Steltner
    Kai-Michael Müller
    Steven Baade
    Florian Born
    Eric Fechner
    Christian Hahn
    Cinematography
    Alexander Gheorghiu
    Editing
    Szilvia Ruszev
    Music
    Keith Kenniff
    Production
    SALZGEBER & CO. MEDIEN GMBH
    Benjamin  Cantu

    Benjamin Cantu

    Germany

    Benjamin Cantu was born in Budapest in 1978. After his BA in Animation at the Konrad Wolf College of Film and Television in 2003, he studied film directing at the German Film and Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin, where he made several shorts until his diploma film Stadt Land Fluss (Harvest) in 2011. Marking his debut as a feature film director, Stadt Land Fluss was premiered at the 61st Berlinale (Generation 14Plus) and screened at over 30 film festivals with an ensuing worldwide distribution. Among several documentaries commissioned by European and Middle Eastern broadcasters, The World Belongs to Chaim, a portrait of an orthodox Jewish boy, was awarded the Axel Springer prize for young journalists in 2008. For the documentary The Berlin Patient, Benjamin received the media prize of the German AIDS foundation in 2013. Currently he develops two feature films: THE CONVERT as writer/director and the rom-com FOR REAL, along with Croatian writer Jasna Zmak.