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In the last of his four Fontane films, Bernhard Sallmann turns his attention to the Havelland region in western Berlin. In fact, as in the case of the three previous films, he explores the area alone by bicycle during filming. The handy digital camera technology makes it possible to film as a solitaire and with light luggage.

Deutsches Historisches Museum & Schlossbrücke
Deutsches Historisches Museum & Schlossbrücke © visitberlin, Foto Wolfgang Scholvien

The texts from Fontane's Wanderungen durch die Mark Brandenburg (Walks through the Mark of Brandenburg), which Sallmann mounts to his shots, often veer into the anecdotal this time and tell, among other things, of a baron full of the joys of life who, after his death, was "buried in a barrel of wine in his double capacity as a drunkard and court jester". A long passage is devoted to the island of Werder and its inhabitants, who, in Fontane's portrayal, are stubborn in a worldly-wise way, and who are said to have even managed to keep the plague raging around them at bay in the Middle Ages. Does one still see the island's turbulent history?

Indeed, in Sallmann's film it seems to be surrounded by a self-sufficient, defiant aura. "The art of his [Sallmann's] photography is shown above all in the fact that he does not simply find perfect, almost painting-like compositions, but that he always discovers motifs that refer to several times simultaneously." (Bert Rebhandl)
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