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Havarie

GER 2016, 93 min

On 14th September 2012 at 2:56pm, using these coordinates, the cruise liner „Adventure of the Seas” reports to the Spanish Maritime Rescue Centre the sighting of a dinghy adrift with 13 persons on board.

Synopsis

Visual contact. 90 minutes. Waving. Waiting.

The radio traffic between the cruise liner, the Cartagena port authorities, the rescue cruiser “Salvamar Mimosa” and the helicopter “Helimer 211” structures the soundscape of the film. From the recordings with tourists and officers of the cruise liner, with the crew of a container ship, with the Harraga, les bruleurs – “who burn their passports”, and their families the biographic traces of the documentary material are extended into a cinematic imagination. Visually, the cinematic space contracts to a single, unedited sequence arching over the total duration of the film. It is a short YouTube clip which seems today as the very essence, the condensation of the situation in the Mediterranean. In single frames, the dinghy with 13 figures on board becomes an icon of the daily news images. We are forced to watch. 

The coordinates 37°28.6'N and 0°3.8'E mark a point in the Mediterranean – 38 nautical miles from the port city Cartagena in Spain or 100 nautical miles from the Algerian port city Oran – depending on the narrator’s perspective. Observing the sea from this point, the whole world is water, sky and boundless horizon. A “sea of possibilities”, charged with the hopes, fears and dreams of the voyagers.

Films by the director Philip Scheffner also published in the Arsenal Edition 
THE HALFMOON FILES & DER TAG DES SPATZEN
REVISION & AND-EK GHES...

 

Awards and Festivals

66th Berlin International Film Festival 2016 / 46th International Forum des Jungen Films 2016
Best Experimental Film - German Film Critics award 2017
ARTE-documentary award at Duisburger Filmwoche 2016
Best international feature film at L'Alternativa Barcelona 2016
Best editing in an international feature at RIDM - Montreal international documentary festival 2016
Special mention - prix georges de beauregard international at FID Marseille 2016

Credits

Screenplay
Merle Kröger, Philip Scheffner
Director and Editor
Philip Scheffner
Director of Photography​
Terry Diamond, Bernd Meiners
Sound
Pascal Capitolin, Volker Zeigermann
Sound Design
Volker Zeigermann, Alexander Gerhardt, Philip Scheffner
Sound Mix
Florian Marquardt
Image Mastering
Matthias Behrens
Producers
Merle Kröger, Caroline Kirberg
Coproducers
Meike Martens, Marcie Jost, Peter Zorn
Produced by 
pong
In Coproduktion with
Blinker Filmproduktion
worklights media production
ZDF, Doris Hepp 
In Cooperation with
ARTE
Kinoverleih Deutschland
Real Fiction Filmverleih
Recherche gefördert durch
Robert Bosch Stiftung
Entwicklung gefördert durch
FFA Filmförderungsanstalt
Founded by
Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, BKM, Deutscher Filmförderfonds, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Film und Medien Stiftung NRW

DVD-Details

Extras
Film talk with Philip Scheffner (by Matthias Dell & Simon Rothöhler (39 Min), © Cargo 2016), 20-page booklet with texts to the book and film
Language
​OmU
Subtitles
English, German, French, Polish
Country Code
code-free
System
PAL, Colour
Length
93 Min. + 39 Min. Extras
Aspect ratio
16:9
Sound format
Stereo + DD 5.1
Content
1 Disc
Release date
15.02.2019
Rating
with no age restriction