TIEFENSCHÄRFE


Germany 2017 15 min original version with English subtitles
by Alex Gerbaulet and Mareike Bernien
Script: Alex Gerbaulet, Mareike Bernien, DoP: Jenny Lou Ziegel, Editor: Alex Gerbaulet, Mareike Bernien, Producers: Alex Gerbaulet, Mareike Bernien, Narrator: Göksen Güntel

A flower stand, a tailor shop, a snack car: three places in the German city of Nuremberg that became crime scenes when the “National Socialist Underground” (NSU), a far-right terrorist group, murdered three independent business owners with migrant backgrounds between 2000 and 2005. These three places struggle with memory and shock, as they become the windows into a city whose axis repeatedly tilts and tips out of frame.
The camera, using a tripod head with a 360 degree pan and tilt range, orbits as it observes the abysmal depth of these racially motivated crimes, contextualizing the scenes of the crimes in terms of their surroundings, and showing how they are used and re-used today. The off-screen commentary describes ordinary scenes and encounters, interweaving them with compressed fragments of information from racist media coverage and murder investigations. These investigations were without exception directed against the victims themselves and their family members, ignoring hints and statements by the witnesses suggesting white and presumably racist perpetrators. The investigating authorities began to face criticism only after it was confirmed that the NSU had committed at least ten murders and three bombing attacks in seven German cities between 1998 and 2011. The circumstances of these crimes still remain unresolved.
The film traces the shocks of these attacks by examining the places as witnesses in their own right.

Alex Gerbaulet lives in Berlin as an artist and filmmaker. Her artistic work consistently interrogates the notion of “nativeness”, as well as investigating the influence and functioning of conscious and repressed memories. Her last short film “Schicht” (2015) received the main prize in the German competition at the International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen, the First Film Award at FID Marseille, as well as the German Critics’ Prize in 2015. Since 2014, she has been working in Berlin as an author and producer.

Mareike Bernien lives in Berlin and works as an artist between performative film, sound and text. Her most recent films include: TIEFENSCHÄRFE (2017) together with Alex Gerbaulet, RAINBOW`S GRAVITY (2014), RED SHE SAID (2011) – both made in collaboration with Kerstin Schroedinger. She currently teaches in the area of theory and practice of visual communication at Kassel Art Academy.

Contact
pong film
Alex Gerbaulet and Mareike Bernien
Germany
gerbaulet@pong-berlin.de
mareikebernien@hotmail.com
www.pong-berlin.de