Furusato 古里 reveals the unusual relationship between a landscape and its inhabitants. Over the course of a thousand years, the exuberant nature of Japan’s eastern coast has become interwoven in the lives of its people. Here, the earth is sacred—but now, it is tainted with the invisible danger of radiation. For those who have decided to stay, the rural scene surrounding the crippled Fukushima Daiishi nuclear power plant remains the place they call home – their furusato, the first place they experience as children and the last one they will see before they die. A monumental portrait of a wounded community and an unsparing look at the human cost of progress, the film illuminates the four years that followed the worst nuclear disaster of our time. Here, no one measures in half-lives. This is about eternity.
59. International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film DOK Leipzig 2016 - Competition WP
57. International Vienna Film Festival –– Viennale
15. International Documentary Film Festival Helsinki – DocPoint
55. Ann Arbor International Film Festival
32. Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara
13. New Berlin Film Award
20. Newburyport Documentary Film Festival
15. Independent Film Festival Boston
19. International Film Festival Rio de Janeiro
Best Feature Film Competition at the 10th Newburyport Documentary Film Festival
Winner Competition Long Documentary DOK Leipzig
Although Germany has decided to phase out nuclear power, a nuclear power plant will still be built in Poland near the German border. Besides Chernobyl has already irradiated a quarter of the world for centuries. The way how one of the world’s most important industrial nations handles the reactor catastrophe of Fukushima, how this nation is unable to cope with it until this very day and how it continues to fail to come to terms with it day by day – all this has the director and his courageous team packed into an impressive documentary piece of cinematic art in an unsettling, disturbing and highly complex way. Moreover, the film also shows how survivors cannot, or do not want to, leave their native area, with foreseeable consequences for their own health and that of future generations, and how this people – whether old or young – are being fed with hopes and lies and left to themselves. This film is an excellent example of a warning against an actually inconceivable sample of similarly inhuman, undemocratic, suicidal events on our planet, the only one we have.
EVERYTHING WILL BE DIFFERENT (2008/09)
Premiere 30.10.2008, Theatre Kampnagel, Hamburg
Everything Will Be Different– An Utopian Recollection is a live documentary performed on stage as the result of months of research and exploration by the director Thorsten Trimpop into biographies which have 1968 as their starting point. The work looks at both sides of the Iron Curtain and blends film, sound material and four different stories, recollections and views into a collage about utopias of freedom, memory and dealing with one’s own history.
Director, text and research...............Thorsten Trimpop
Assistance and dramaturgy..............Christa Hohmann
Production: Kampnagel Hamburg, Archa Theathre Prague, Sophiensäale Berlin, as part of the project “68/89 – Art.Contemporary.History -- with the support of the German Federal Cultural Foundation
THE IRRATIONAL REMAINS (2005)
In 1987, Suse’s boyfriend Matthias and her best friend Susanne try to escape from East Germany. Their flight fails: Matthias and Susanne are imprisoned, interrogated by the State Security Service, the Stasi, psychologically tortured, and forced into betrayal.
Suse remains behind alone; later she is forced to leave college because of her friends’ escape attempt. Not until sixteen years later do the three meet again. They have now drifted as far apart as their lives together were once close. Still firmly in the grip of the events of the past, Matthias, as a witness of those times, conducts tours for visitors through the prison where he and Susanne were once jailed. Susanne, who never wanted to be confronted with the past again, works as a nurse in western Berlin. Suse, with her husband and their three children, is the only one who still lives in Pankow, the district where the three spent their youth.
Before they see each other again, they return to sites of the past: Matthias and Susanne walk once again through the forest on the Czech border where they were arrested; Susanne stands in her old prison cell. Suse again enters the auditorium from which the Stasi officers once picked her up. The film shows how painful the memories still are after all the years and how love and friendship turned into deep distrust. “What does one say at a moment like this?” Matthias asks one of his old friends, who have become strangers to one another – except for the remnant in their past that ties them together.
Director / Writer: Thorsten Trimpop
Cinematography: Hanno Kunow
Editor: Sarah J. Levin
Consultant: Helke Misselwitz
Sound: Sebastian Kleinloh
Sound Design: Florian Beck
Composer: Michael Jakumeit
Producer: Jörg Trentmann, Susan Schimk
Production: Credofilm GmbH / ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel University for Film and Television "Konrad Wolf" Potsdam-Babelsberg
Format: 35mm, 1:1.66, Color
Length: 95 Minutes
51st International Film Festival Berlin – Forum of New Cinema (WP)
45th Vienna International Film Festival
20th International Documentary Film Festival München
16th International Documentary Film Festival Marseilles
7th Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine
19th International Film Festival Amsterdam
11th International Film Festival Pusan
12th International Film Festival Calcutta
46th International Film Festival Taipeh
SWIMMING UNDERGROUND (2002)
During my first trip to the US in early September 2011, I met Mary Woronov, the former muse of Andy Warhol, The Velvet Underground, Richard Corman and Paul Bartel. Also famous for her notorious personal life, she spends her twilight years quietly, as a painter and writer in Los Angeles.
A meditation on the painful process of getting older and what happens when one's 15 minutes of fame are up, it's a time piece filmed in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks.
Format:Digital Beta, Color
Length: 20.21 Minutes
Premiere: 55th International Filmfestival Locarno 2002 Festivals (selection) 24th Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, 31st International Film Festival Rotterdam, 51st International Filmfestival Mannheim–Heidelberg