It is winter as Ljöscha arrives on Norderney, an island in the North Sea. The boy is looking for his father in the hope of shedding some light on his own past. He only finds his grandfather who does not want anything to do with him and even threatens him with a gun, swearing wildly at him in an attempt to chase him away from his caravan-like hut on the beach. But, the youngster is persistent in the search for his father. He is intent on knowing about him and this stubbornness drives him on. Eventually grandfather and grandchild begin to bond over their conversations. This is the first narrative of the film: filmed in crystal-clear, luminous, rough and wind-swept black-and-white images.
The second narrative observes the play of closeness and distance between a painter and his model in the studio. Where are we? In the beyond? In paradise? In some urban realm? This story, too, remains in black-and-white. And yet, in this relationship-drama oscillating between desire and being desired, between tenderness and rage, power and impotence, an icy artificial marine blue gleams, as a momentary shock effect. It might be a monochrome area of the floor or at the window, then again it becomes the colour of the young woman’s hands, who is rendered erotically attractive. It is the colour of her face, or her hair. A deeper blue, that symbolically underlines and links both narratives.
Sheri Hagen has created a harsh and splendid film, inspired by Marianna Salzmann’s play “Muttermale Fenster Blau”. A dark taboo family secret from the past becomes a burden for Ljöscha on his quest to find his father. Will he be able to rid himself of this burden? The visuals and the colour scheme as well as the constellation of characters, tentatively grant us moving optical clues.
19 November 2018 — 17:00 — Kino im Stadthaus II
20 November 2018 — 21:30 — Kino Atlantis
22 November 2018 — 18:00 — Kino im Stadthaus I
21 November 2018 — 16:00 — Kino I
23 November 2018 — 16:00 — Kino I
Sheri Hagen was born in 1968 in Lagos, Nigeria and grew up in Hamburg. Before she made her own films, she completed musical and drama training in Hamburg, Vienna and Berlin. She has played numerous roles in theater, cinema and television. In 2007, she wrote, directed and produced her first children’s short film “Stella und die Störche”, in which she was also involved as an actress; 2012 followed her award-winning film “Auf den zweiten Blick“. With her film production company Equality Film GmbH, she wants to produce brave movies, that show people in their manifold normality – be it in terms of sexuality, disabilities or personal background.