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Omer Fast

GER 2024, 115 min.

“As a director you have the opportunity to stage a small world and also to bring it to a new start - to do and to re-do. These are important things for me. (...) A film never really ends. The ending is arbitrary, because the money runs out or for other reasons.”

Photo: Omer Fast at the shooting of "August"

GER/USA 2014, 56 min

EVERYTHING THAT RISES MUST CONVERGE follows four real-life adult film performers as they start their day at home and drive to work in a nondescript residential house in the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. In between documentary scenes, we also encounter several fictional characters whose stories revolve around the same residential house where the performers work.
Shown as a grid of four simultaneous images, the film weaves scenes of everyday life with moments of beauty, as well as the strange and absurd moments of apparent convergence.

GER 2016, 30 min

SPRING is a companion piece to Omer Fast’s earlier work CONTINUITY. SPRING examines the same middle-aged German couple who hire young men to act as their son. The story revolves around a teenaged boy and an older male escort who are both engaged by the couple and whose paths cross violently on the streets of a wealthy suburb. A portrait of family life in which roles are played with perversion and pleasure.

GER 2012, 41 min

Torsten and Katja, a middle-aged couple, go to a train station and pick up Daniel, a young soldier, who has just returned from Afghanistan. The meeting is awkward. At home, he does not return his parents affection. The next day, Torsten and Katja sit in their car again and drive to the station. Another young soldier is waiting at the same place.

GER 2016, 85 min

CONTINUITY begins as a straight-forward story of an emotional homecoming and turns uncanny as the two protagonists – a middle aged couple living in a small town in Germany – repeatedly invite different young men into their home to perform an inscrutable ritual. It remains unclear whether the couple has suffered an actual loss – or if their pretended sons are just a way of staying together. A total of three different Daniels spend the night at the family house.

D 2016, 15 min

Shot in 3D, August is based on the life and work of renowned Cologne photographer August Sander (1876-1964). In surreal dream sequences, the artist is haunted at the end of life by the death of his son and the figures he photographed.

World premiere at the exhibition: Omer Fast »Talking is not always the solution«, Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin

GER/USA 2011, 30 min

5000 FEET IS THE BEST is based on two meetings with a former drone operator which were recorded in a hotel in Las Vegas in september 2010. On camera, the drone operator agreed to discuss the technical aspects of his job and his daily routine. Off camera and off the record, he briefly described recurring incidents in which the unmanned plane fired at both militants and civilians and the psychological difficulties he experienced as a result before breaking the interview off.

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