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The second edition of the series Documentary Positions is dedicated by the Zeughauskino to the Austrian-born director Bernhard Sallmann, who has lived in Berlin for several decades. The magnificent show of works presents Sallmann's film oeuvre for the first time in this breadth in Berlin.

Zeughaus - Deutsches Historisches Museum
Zeughaus - Deutsches Historisches Museum © Deutsches Historisches Museum

On view are early works Bernhard Sallmann made as a student in the directing program at the Konrad Wolf Academy of Film and Television, the four Fontane films, and his last film, Berlin JWD, made in 2022. The majority are explorations of place; surveys of the places where Sallmann has lived for some time or where he grew up.

"Sallmann's films," says film critic Lukas Foerster in the Zeughaus Kino program booklet, "make all these places visible, in patient, often rigid, precisely composed shots, from which, in particular, a fabulous sense of the expressiveness of landscapes speaks; and at the same time, the films confront these places with something that is not in the picture, at least not immediately. Sometimes with a formal idea, more often with texts that open themselves and the cinematic image to the past. What emerges is a cinema of clear form that nonetheless contains an awareness of hybridity. The world is not what it seems. That's precisely why it's worth looking closely."
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