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International Feature Competition

Havarie Philip Scheffner

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On the sea, an average (in French, avarie) is both the time needed for repairing a boat and the loss of one of its parts. It is both a latency and a crisis, as seen in this film made from three dilated minutes of YouTube video. From a distance, we follow what seems to be a migrant vessel floating adrift. Disquieting strangeness subtly takes over the image, heightened by a perspective without a point of view and an audio track composed of anonymous testimonials and recordings. Zooming in, zooming out: simple changes of perspective become cruel distancing devices, feeding into generalized anxiety. We gradually come to understand that the real subject is our obsession with contextualizing images as a way of justifying forgetting about them, hiding the nightmares we do not know how to watch.

Havarie

  • Country : Germany
  • Year : 2016
  • V.O : English, Arabic, French, Russian
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 93 MIN
  • Cinematography : Terry Diamond, Bernd Meiners
  • Editing : Philip Scheffner
  • Production : Merle Kröger
  • Sound Design : Philip Scheffner, Volker Zeigermann
Filmography of Philip Scheffner :

Films (selection)
2016: Havarie
2016: And-Ek Ghes…
2012: Revision
2010: Der Tag des Spatzen
2007: The Halfmoon Files
2003: A/C
1990 – 2000: numerous short- and feature length films together with the Berlin-based dogfilm collective

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