Heimat Is A Space In Time, A Film By Thomas Heise

North American Premiere, Wavelengths Program, Toronto International Film Festival 2019

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In this powerful cinematic essay, shot in luminous black and white, director Thomas Heise explores “heimat,” his family home and homeland, through the upheavals of 20th-century German history.

HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME picks up the biographical pieces of a family torn apart through the end of the 19th and into the 20th century. It is about people who by chance found each other, only then to lose each other. Now it is their descendants, their children and grandchildren who are beginning to disappear.

This is all about speaking and silence. First love and happiness lost. Fathers and mothers, sons and brothers, the affairs, the hurt and the joy in landscapes of transition – each bearing the intertwining, hallmarks of their times. A collage of images, sounds, letters, diaries, notes, voices, fragments of time and space.

HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME is a journey of reflection of time and the love held within using sounds, images and language. Yet some of it shall remain forever lost.

“The material used in this film is what remains of my family. The remnants of those I knew, whose circumstances I had been part of or had otherwise experienced. Remnants that mirror history. A history that is just as much my own.” —Thomas Heise

Director Biography:

Born in 1955 in Berlin, GDR/Germany, Thomas Heise trained as a printer. In 1975, he began work as an assistant director at the DEFA Studio for Feature Films in Potsdam-Babelsberg, and in 1978, enrolled at the Academy of Film & Television. His first film, the documentary WHY A FILM ABOUT THESE PEOPLE (WOZU DENN ÜBER DIESE LEUTE EINEN FILM)—produced entirely with materials bought on the black market—was banned from public screening. Heise broke off his studies. Since 1983, he has worked as a writer and director in the areas of theatre, audio drama and documentary film. Until the end of the GDR, however, all his documentary work was either blocked, destroyed or confiscated. Heise found an artistic home in the theatre, where he cooperated closely with author and director Heiner Müller. In 1990, Heise earned his MA at the Berlin Academy of Fine Art. Until 1997, he was a member of the Berlin Ensemble, where he acted as contributing director for numerous productions. In 2007, Heise began working as a Professor for Film and Media Art at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. In 2013, became a Professor for Art and Film at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria. Since 2018, he has been the director of the Film and Media Arts section at the Academy of Arts Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany.


Directed by Thomas Heise

Germany/Austria 2019

218 minutes

German with English Subtitles

Distributors: Deckert Distribution | Icarus Films


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