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The invisible Frame

GER 2009, 60 min

Reframing CYCLING THE FRAME. Cynthia Beatt and Tilda Swinton once again go on the trail of the Berlin Wall. 

Synopsis

In 1988, the British director Cynthia Beatt, who is based in Berlin, conceived a special cinematic bike tour. She selected a number of places along the 160 km long border where the young Tilda Swinton cycled along and thus apparently circled the island of West Berlin once. Today CYCLING THE FRAME is a rare historic document and Tilda Swinton is one of the world’s most admired performers.
In June 2009, Cynthia Beatt and Tilda Swinton re-traced the line of the Wall that once isolated Berlin from East and West Germany. THE INVISIBLE FRAME describes this journey, a Wall’s fall and 21 years later, through varied landscapes, this time on both sides of the former Wall. The stagnation of organic growth that characterized the areas separated by the Wall, is now replaced by unchecked nature and building development. The rhythmic interaction of fixed camera and tracking shots combine in a vibrant orbiting of Berlin, visually intertwining west and east. Tilda Swinton’s personal reflections are integrated as inner monologues and complete the film’s soundscape composed by Simon Fisher Turner, who collaborated with Derek Jarman and Tilda Swinton in the 80’s.

Streaming-Info

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Language: English, Subtitles: Arabic, German, English, French, Persian, Portuguese, Spanish

Credits

Director
Cynthia Beatt
With
Tilda Swinton
Director of Photography
Ute Freund
Assistant Camera
Markus Otto
Grip
Nico Storch, Matthias Maaß, Mathieu Rech
Set Photographers
Sandro Kopp, Robert Brecko
Editor
Dörte Völz
Assistant Editor
Kolja Kunt
Original Sound
Frank Kruse
Soundscape
Simon Fisher Turner
Sound Design
Jochen Jezussek
Sound Mix
Matthias Lempert
Assistant Director
Johannes Blume
Set Manager
Roman Savary
Production Manager
Sabine Steyer
Producer
Frieder Schlaich
Produced by 
Filmgalerie 451
In Coproduction with
ZDF/3sat (Inge Classen)
In Cooperation with
Goethe-Institut London und Auswärtiges Amt
Funded by
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
World Premiere
24.10.2009, Vienna, Viennale
German Theatrical Release
06.11.2009

DVD-Details

Extras
CYCLING THE FRAME by Cynthia Beatt (GER 1988, 27 min), “Parallel Szenes 1988/2009” scenes from both films compared, “Recording Session” Cynthia Beatt, Tilda Swinton, Simon Fisher Turner and Frank Kruse at the Sound Studio (7min)
Language
English
Subtitles
English, Arabic, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian
Country Code
Code-free
System
PAL / Color
Aspect Ratio
(Super 16, 1:1,66) / 16:9
Sound Format
DD 5.1
Content
Softbox (Set Content: 1)
Release Date
06.11.2009
Rating
Info-Programm gemäß §14 JuSchG

Distribution Details

Screening Format
DCP (2K, 25 fps, 5.1)
Blu-ray Disc
Language
English
Subtitles
German
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Promotion Material
A1 poster, Trailer
License Area
Worldwide, except US
Rating
Info-Programm gemäß §14 JuSchG