Vaterland / Fatherland

Year2002 Duration102 min. DirectorThomas Heise WriterThomas Heise EditorGudrun Steinbrück, Monika Preischl, Beate Schönfeldt (MDR) SoundUve Haußig Production filmproduktion

Cámara / Camera: Peter Badel
Coproduction: MDR, ARTE
Producer: Heino Deckert
World Sales: Deckert Distribution

Spanish premiere

In Saxon-Anhalt, near the town of Zerbst, set away from busy roads, next to a deserted military landing strip, is the village of Straguth. An unimportant place. Lost in time. Or ahead of time.

The film describes the people of this quiet place, in the past, the present and the future. A film like the digging of a hole. If one could dig in spiral form. And dig a black hole.

An archaeological journey to landscape, people and things, traces of changing times and transition. Wide open landscapes and detailed drawings of people within. And on entering Otto Nathos’ modest bar, there is always talk of the war. The era of youth.


  • 2002 DOK Leipzig
  • 2002 Duisburger Filmwoche
  • 2003 Visions du Réel Nyon
  • 2003 Sheffield International Documentary Festival
  • 2004 Beeld voor Beeld Festival of Visual Anthropology Amsterdam Nomination for Bundesfilmpreis 2003
Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
Organized by
With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes Audiovisuales Acción Cultural Española Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia Financiado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU

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