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Final Stage

27 min.
Year of Production:
Aaron Himler
Fynn Grossmann
Production Company:
Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg
Berlinale Section:
Perspektive deutsches Kino
Berlinale Category:
Essay Film

The present, the whole present and nothing but the present. A young man on a footbridge, a bus departs, his friend is gone. This is followed by a majestic parade through a shopping centre. This central shot in the film is a fragile balancing act between documentary observation and subtle direction. Deliberately asynchronous sound serves to heighten the sense that events are nothing more than a construction of an apparently familiar reality. The boy's melancholic bearing, and the way the film unfolds, are embedded in an extremely expressive, albeit narratively minimalistic, dramaturgy of colour. Vibrant colours introduce each individual sequence: blue, green, yellow, orange, red.

BIOGRAFIE Nicolaas Schmidt

Born in Leipzig, East Germany in 1979, the filmmaker, video and conceptual artist now lives in Hamburg. He studied liberal arts, time-based media and film at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg. His work has been presented at international film festivals and exhibitions. Final Stage screened in the 2017 Perspektive Deutsches Kino at the Berlinale where it won the Special Jury Prize.

FILMOGRAFIE Nicolaas Schmidt (selection)

2020 Inflorescence  2017 Final Stage  2016 Compare  2016 Autumn  2015 36KFRGB-S29: Die Manifestation Des Kapitalismus in Unserem Leben Ist Die Traurigkeit  2014 Leaving Monochromia  2014 36000 Frames RGB  2013 Break  2012 Forever  2011 Die Reise Mit Der Eisenbahn Hat Sich Durchaus Ein Wenig Gelohnt  2010 Ohne Schlechtes Gewissen Geniessen  2010 Der Lauf Und Chopin  2009 Sense + Innocence  2008 Neuseenland 

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