Home from Home - Chronicle of a Vision
(Die andere Heimat - Chronik einer Sehnsucht)
Directed by Edgar Reitz
230 minutes + Intermission
Germany. 2013. In German with English Subtitles.
Starring Jan Dieter Schneider, Antonia Bill, Maximilian Scheidt, Marita Breuer, Rüdiger Kriese, Philine Lembeck, Mélanie Fouché, Eva Zeidler, Barbara Philipp, Christoph Luser
Lead actor Jan Dieter Schneider in Attendance
Winner of the German Film Awards for Best Film in Gold, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.
Description: "Edgar Reitz’s marvellous film immerses us in the affairs of a German country town in 1844, a time when rural life is harsh and feudal order still prevails. For Jakob, the younger son of the village blacksmith, the romance of Brazil beckons. Tales of the Amazon have filled his head with dreams of striking out to the other end of the world. Though less readily equipped than his brother to step into the family business, the self-educated Jakob is a resourceful young man. His family can barely afford to lose even one son to the caravan of young leaving the countryside. Nor are the boys immune to the bonds of home: the excitement of a love affair or the tug of community. These are evoked in a vivid cycle of marriages, births, illness, funerals, a wild harvest festival – and the shared burden of never-ending work.Reitz’s drama of a rural community whose young disappeared to populate the New World is richly detailed, extremely moving and securely grounded in historical fact. Descendants of the same generation of European poor who made their way to New Zealand will surely feel its resonance. To aficionados of German culture it has added significance as a prequel to Reitz’s massive Heimat, over 50 hours of television dramatising 20th-century life in the same town. But his leap back in time requires no prior acquaintance at all.Shot with razor-sharp clarity in black-and-white digital CinemaScope, with occasional graphic incursions of colour, this is cinema both gloriously panoramic and intimately interior – a must for the big screen. Werner Herzog has an amusing cameo as naturalist, linguist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt." (Source: New Zealand International Film Festival)
Director's Statement: "The period that separates us from the events in the story is a mere 160 years, but it was a journey to a very different and almost entirely forgotten Germany, a country disfigured by crippling poverty. It takes a huge effort of the imagination to realize that less than a century and a half ago people in our country were forced to eke out a living for themselves under conditions that are almost unparalleled anywhere in today’s world. From Schabbach we trained our gaze on present-day life with the eyes of an outsider and it was frightening to see how apocalyptic the consumerism, egocentricity and exaggerated pretensions of our fragmented society suddenly appeared to be. Indeed, one of the effects of Die andere Heimat is perhaps to prompt the audience to pause for a while and experience the very different rhythm that enabled our ancestors to survive. Deep down, it may still be the true rhythm of our hearts."
Select Festivals & Awards
- Winner of 3 German Film Awards - Best Film in Gold, Best Direction, Best Screenplay
- Winner of 2 Bavarian Film Awards - Best Production and Best Screenplay
- Winner of 2 German Film Critics Association Awards - Best Film and Best Cinematography
World Premiere, 2013 Venice International Film Festival, Italy
- 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
- 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK
About Edgar Reitz
German filmmaker, author and producer, Edgar Reitz grew up in the Hunsrück region, studied German language and literature, journalism and dramaticsin Munich. Reitz founded the Institute For Film Design at the Ulm School of Design. His first feature film, MAHLZEITEN (script, direction, production) wasaccoladed at the Venice Film Festival in 1967.Reitz has been published widely in books and magazines on film theory, film aesthetics and the future of film art. His most important films include CARDILLAC,DIE REISE NACH WIEN, DER SCHNEIDER VON ULM, STUNDE NULL and the world-renowned HEIMAT TRILOGY, which consists of thirty-one evening-length singlefilms linked into a centurial epic and, at more than fifty-six hours long, is one of the most extensive narrative work in the history of film.In 2006 he was awarded an honorary Dr. phil. h.c. at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz and the Università degli Studi di Perugia. Reitz has receivednumerous international awards and accolades including the Golden Lion of Venice, six Federal Film Awards, four Adolf Grimme Awards, and many more.
About Jan Dieter Schneider
Jan Dieter Schneider was born in 1990 in Oberwessel and grew up in Kastellaun in the Hunsrück in Germany. After studying political economics in Mannheim in 2010, he decided to study medicine at the Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz in 2011. He has already served several medical internships, in Arizona in the U.S., and in Porto Alegre, in Brazil. Jan is now a fifth-year medical student. While during thi studies, he took part in play productions, and became the only young pupil allowed to participate in a play for senior students with the production of Sophocles' tragedy “Antigone.” He had his first film role at the age of eleven, a small scene in “Heimat 3” which, however, did not make the final cut. "Home from Home - Chronicle of a Vision" is his first starring role in a film. Following "Home from Home," he continued to act in various plays and performances across Germany. He also represented "Home from Home" at international screenings and premieres in France, Italy, Brazil, and now in the U.S.
Sun., Sept. 6, 2015 at 3:00 PM
West Coast Premiere
Janet Leigh Theatre, Stockton
Narrative Feature Film
Director: Edgar Reitz
Script: Edgar Reitz, Gert Heidenreich
Producer: Christian Reitz
Cinematographer: Gernot Roll
Editor: Uwe Klimmeck
Music: Michael Riessler
U.S. Distributor: Corinth Films
- College of the Pacific
- Theatre Arts Department
- Pacific Humanities Scholars Program
- Pacific Humanities Center
- Department of English
- Department of Modern Languages and Literature
- Film Studies Program
• John Lessard
John Poole, Jr.