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Official Selection German Competition International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2020
Premiere at the Ruhrtriennale, Bochum on 15.9.2019
An essay film about crowds, nationalism, and the loneliness of rollercoasters. Born in London to Polish immigrants and now living in Germany, Krzysztof Honowski is very confused by what is happening right now in the two countries that he comes from. Examining the roots of his own political disappointment Honowski, together with the German actress Laura Sundermann, attempts to create a narrative that “speaks for a generation”.
This is of course impossible, and this parody of a grand narrative soon gets derailed by the small details of the everyday. Honowski and Sundermann’s narrator must instead confront their own cowardice, exhaustion, and disavowal.
Beasts of No Nation combines found footage from American documentaries about rollercoasters and fan shot footage of Eastern European football crowds with staged sequences. This collage slowly unfolds to the sound of a damaged copy of Luigi Nono’s Un Volto, Del Mare, a piece written shortly after the unfulfilled revolutions of 1968.
Performed and narrated by Laura Sundermann
with the participation of Bradley Davies and Kalli
Arabic Subtitles: Nadine Makarem
German Subtitles: Philipp Rühr