A feature documentary film by Britta Rindelaub, in coproduction with RTS (Unité des films documentaires)
Documentary, 62 min, 2010
Frank and Ralf left Mattenau, their home village in East Prussia (East German territory) in 1944 when they were eight and six years old. With their pregnant mother and hundreds of thousands of other German civilians, they fled the advance of the Russian army. Their father Ludwig was missing. Frank and Ralf take refuge in West Germany before emigrating to Switzerland. In 1974, the two brothers learn that their father died in Colombia a few years earlier. Even today, the secret persists around a possible involvement of Ludwig in the Nazi forces.
In 1947, Mattenau becomes Ugrjumovo. Sixty years later, Britta accompanies her father Frank and Uncle Ralf as they go the other way and return for the first time to what was once their Heimat, which is now the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, a long journey that leads them to where history has driven them.
Britta thus undertakes a quest in which filmmakers and protagonists make a film together, whose subject, between memory, secrecy, exile and transmission, questions the family ties and the foundations of identity.
Born in 1973 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. Studied Ethnology and Philosophy in Neuchâtel, photography, video and performance in Barcelona and Geneva. 2003 Receives Postgraduate degree in cinema from the HEAD (Haute École d’Art et de Design) Geneva.
2013 Loin des yeux
2003 Le bord de la table
2003 Un ciel bleu
2003 Un enfant à l’hôpital
Production: Britta Rindelaub
Interpreter and production assistant: Maud Mabillard
Writing consultant: Alice Arnold
Production consultant: Ivo Zen
Caméra: Milivoj Ivkovic
Best Boy: Kirill Fomin
Sound: Carlos Ibañez Diaz / Masaki Hatsui / David Lipka
Music: Michel Wintsch
Sound design and mix: Philippe: Ciompi
Editing: Ana Acosta / Daniel Gibel / Britta Rindelaub
Editing assistant: Sophie Haller
Postproduction: Ulrich Fischer, C-Side
With the participation of: TSR / Unité de films documentaires / Irène Challand et Gaspard Lamunière
With the support of
Département de la culture de la Ville de Genève / Département de l’instruction publique du Canton de Genève / Fonds REGIO Films / Loterie Romande / Fonds pour l’encouragement de la culture cinématographique de L’Etat de Neuchâtel