The Day

DER TAG / THE DAY by Uli M Schueppel (trailer)


>A film by Uli M Schueppel

col, 85min, 16mm, Engl.Version., Germany 2008


New Berlin Film Award 2009 (Award of the Ecumenical Jury)

“A silent masterpiece!” (H.Hurst)

“The last space. Like in all films by Uli M Schueppel, also here, In this meditative poem, vibrates a musical sense under the cold surface, with whom he transfers his vues into rhythm…” Süddeutsche Zeitung (A.Sterneborg)

“A film in twelve stanzas about other people’s death.
Uli M. Schueppel isn’t interested in professions of faith in the power of death. He doesn’t squeeze sentimental mourning reflexes from his audience, nor does he wallow in esoteric small talk to the effect that dying just has to be accepted as a part of life that we normally block out. He confidently takes a position beyond all cheap talk and invites us to share with his narrators the moments when death prepares to take a close person irrevocably away.
The film plays continuously on two interconnected levels – narration and illustration.
The third level is provided by F.M. Einheit’s soundscapes, inspired by what he associated with the events.” DOK Leipzig (R.Eue)

The Day / Der Tag takes the audience on a inner voyage and creates a cinematic meditation on the immediate near to death.
It tells the story about the every day occurence of death. The essay-film scetches the last day of about ten people who died in Berlin. As voice-overs, the “passers-by”, or the different people close to the deceased, tell their story of that particular day from when they woke up, until the moment of death – somewhere in the city. Sometimes this moment is totally surprising, and sometimes it seems somehow forceful…

Spaces become something like an intermediate world in this formally very strict and consequent film. Sonically, “daily life” is staged as a musical, dramaturgical sound collage by FM Einheit (Einstuerzende Neubauten).

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