Havarie

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    Havarie

    Directed by

    Germany

    2016

    93 min

    • French
    • English
    • Russian
    • Arabic

    Experimental, Fiction

    37º 28.6´N 0º3.8´E. An inflatable dinghy full of people, one of them waving. The camera pans slowly to the right and shows tourists on a cruise ship looking out to sea. The camera moves back, touches upon the boat again and then pans to the left, to the other side of the ship. The refracted sunlight bathes it in colour and a vertical ray of light separates the ship from the boat, to which the camera now returns. At times the image blurs; ghostly reflections appear in the water. The following is heard at the same time: the rescue crew requesting via radio that one should wait until a helicopter arrives. A woman talking on the phone in France to her husband in Algeria. The Irish tourist holding the camera, ship employees, Russian and Ukrainian cargo workers talking of encounters with this refugee boat (or another). Images overtake reality, by condensing sound and disassociating it from the image to create a space of perception that allows the viewer to experience their own position without ever losing sight of the subject at hand. A cinematic coup of true radicalism.

    Awards

    • Georges de Beauregard International Prize Special Mention - FID Marseille
    • Best Editing (International Competition) - RIDM
    • Best Experimental Film - German Film critics' Awards

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Rhim Ibrir
    Abdallah Benhamou
    Leonid Savin
    Terry Diamond
    Emma Gillings
    Screenplay
    Philip Scheffner
    Merle Kröger
    Cinematography
    Terry Diamond
    Bernd Meiners
    Editing
    Philip Scheffner
    Music
    Blue Waters Band
    Production
    PONG FILM GMBH

    Press

    In Havarie, the rules of the game require the patience to contemplate.

    Brigitta Wagner, Senses of cinema

    A powerful viewing experience.

    Oliver Johnston, The Upcoming

    Philip Scheffner

    Philip Scheffner

    Germany

    Philip Scheffner was born on 28 May 1966 in Homburg/Saar. He lives in Berlin since 1986, where he works as a documentary filmmaker and video and sound artist. He runs the production platform pong along with Merle Kröge, Alex Gerbaulet and Caroline Kirberg. His most recent feature films, HAVARIE and AND-EK GHES..., were selected at the Berlinale Forum in 2016. His project PLACE DE L'EUROPE was selected for the Venice Gap-financing Market 2019.

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