Germany 2020 21 min German original version with English subtitles
by Andreas Kessler
Script: Stephan Kämpf, DoP: Leonard Frederic Caspari, Editor: Maximilian Merth, Production: Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Producers: Max Breuer, Lukas Lankisch, Cast: Helena Hentschel, Emil Wipfler, Adrian Zwicker
Sara and Theo take a trip to the Black Forest with their ten-year-old son. An argument escalates, and Theo abruptly makes them get out of the car in the middle of the woods. Back at the hotel, things return to normal. At least that’s the way it seems. In the afternoon, the three set out for a lake. Theo explodes again, and the audience gradually begins to understand that violence is a part of everyday life in this family. While swimming, Theo suddenly finds himself in danger of drowning. And – for a brief moment – Sara holds his life in her hands.
“With SINKING SHIPS, we participate in the life of a family for whom violence and oppression are an inherent part of everyday existence. Within this family, we experience fear and longing and get to know the characters so personally that we ourselves become part of the family.” (producer Max Breuer)
Andreas Kessler realised his first short films at the ripe age of 14, works that were soon being screened and honoured with awards at international film festivals. After graduating from high school, he completed multiple internships, including at ZDF, with the Berlin Philharmonic and with a “Tatort” production. He is currently studying Directing at Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. CAMOUFLAGE, a film about homophobia in the German army, was created in collaboration with Stephan Kämpf and featured at numerous film festivals around the world. BLIND AUDITION, a film about a musician couple that auditions for the same solo position, was nominated for the 2017 German Short Film Award, among other honours.
Filmography: 2007 HANNA, 2011 RASUMOWSKY, 2013 CAMOUFLAGE, 2014 POSITIVE GEFÜHLE, 2015 MADAMA BUTTERFLY, 2016 MITFAHRER, 2017 BLIND AUDITION, 2020 SINKENDE SCHIFFE