HANNES SCHILLING

GRENZGÄNGER
ON THE FRONTIER (ENG)

Documentary l Germany l 18 min l 2016 l Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

Synopsis (ENG)
In the Winter of 2012 a series of burglaries occurred in the villages of Küstrin-Kiez and Bleyen on the german-polish border. Fearful of more such incidents and faced with a lack of police personnel, the citizens of the two villages in the area of Oderbruch start to unite. David (42) and Eileen (32) are part of this citizens group. At night they patrol the streets, equipped with flashlights and walkie talkies surveying suspicious activities and potential criminals. As part of a so called “Security partnership” the state decides to make the group an official partner of the local police. In 2015, despite not a single burglary being recorded in the two villages, the group continues its routine. This short documentary accompanies the group during their nightly activities and discusses whether normal citizens should be taking on the role of the police.

Festivals
14. Filmfest Eberswalde 2017
REC-Filmfestival 2017, Berlin
7. OderKurz Filmspektakel // Oderaue
18. Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival // DOK-AWARD
11. FILMZ Festival des deutschen Kinos / Dokumentarfilmwettbewerb - 22. - 27. November 2016

Book, Direction
Hannes Schilling

Production
Fridolin Lehmann

Cinematography
Jakob Reinhardt

Edit
Dennis Gnoni

Sound
Fabian Koppri

Sound Mixing

Ludwig Müller
Fabian Koppri

Production Assistant
Hannah Blumas
Marco Wietzorek

Production Line
Anya Gruenewald
Andrea Wohlfeil

Production Supervisor
Uli Kunz

DCP
Enrico Matthias

Supervising Professor
Stefan Schwietert
Götz Lilienfein
Marlis Roth
Rainer Hoffmann
Kathrin Dorner
Robert Gräf
Birgit Häusler
Kathrin Springer

A film by Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF, 2016