Philip Scheffner

Deutschland 2016

93 min – HD – Französisch, Arabisch

B: Merle Kröger, Philip Scheffner
K: Terry Diamond, Bernd Meiners
S: Philip Scheffner – M: Blue Waters Band – SD: Volker Zeigermann, Alexander Gerhardt, Philip
Scheffner – T: Pascal Capitolin, Volker Zeigermann – P: pong



An inflatable dinghy full of people, one of them waving. The camera pans slowly to the right and shows tourists on a cruise ship looking out to sea. The refracted sunlight bathes it in colour and a vertical ray of light separates the ship from the boat, to which the camera now returns. At times the image blurs; ghostly reflections appear in the water.

The following is heard at the same time: the rescue crew requesting via radio that one should wait until a helicopter arrives. A woman talking on the phone in France to her husband in Algeria. During the work on this film, images overtook reality. HAVARIE responds to this by condensing sound and disassociating it from the image to create a space of perception that allows the viewer to experience their own position without ever losing sight of the subject at hand: a cinematic coup of true radicalism.

wednesday 12 oct 8.30 p.m. werkstattkino

Ben Rivers  studied Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art, initially in sculpture before moving into photography and super8 film. After his degree he taught himself 16mm filmmaking and hand-processing. His practice as a filmmaker treads a line between documentary and fiction. Often following and filming people who have in some way separated themselves from society, the raw film footage provides Rivers with a starting point for creating oblique narratives imagining alternative existences in marginal worlds.

Films Ah, Liberty! 2008 (6. UX) – I Know Where I’m Going 2009 (6. UX) Slow Action 2010 (6. UX) – Two Years at Sea 2011 (7. UX) – The Creation As We Saw It 2012
Phantoms of a Libertine
2012 – A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness 2013 (9. UX) – Things 2014 – What Means Something 2015 – A Distant Episode 2015 (11. UX)