Bella Palanka

A Film by Johanna Bentz

Synopsis

A former luxury hotel in the middle of nowhere, close to the Serbian Bulgarian border. Here those who are not wanted anymore in Germany find shelter after they have been deported. Bela Palanka takes the stranded and the lost. Amongst them is Emrah, a 28-year-old Rom. After committing several crimes, he was deported to his “home country” Serbia. Emrah takes the chance to tell his story and bring his crucial moments on “stage”. “Bella Palanka” follows Emrah and the hotel community in dealing with identity, nationalism and new perspectives.

Director

  • Picture of Johanna Bentz © Florian Hoffmann

    Johanna Bentz

    Johanna Bentz was born in Munich, Germany in 1982. Between 2003 -2006 she was working and traveling in Europe, Asia and South America. In 2006 she started studying directing for documentaryfilm at Filmakademie Baden- Württemberg. Already during her studies her films were shown in national and international festivals and in TV. In 2012 she received her diploma for "Die Verführungskünstler" (FILMPREIS, Baden-Württemberg 2013 best documentary.) Johanna works as an author and director for film and radio features.

Awards + Festivals

  • 52nd HOF INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hof, Germany)October 25, 2018
  • 3rd CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 29, 2018
  • 1st INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF SRIGANGANAGAR (Official Selection, Sriganganagar, India)January 19, 2019
  • 7th BODDINALE (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)February 7, 2019
  • 12th JEHLUM SHORT & LONG FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bangalore, Karnataka, India)February 10, 2019
  • 4th MEDELLIN INT'L FILM FESTIVAL - FESTMEDALLO (Official Selection, Medellin, Colombia)February 14, 2019
  • 5th FELACOS - FESTIVAL DE LARGOS Y CORTOS DE SANTIAGO (Official Selection, Santiago, Región Metropolit, Chile)March 7, 2019
  • *NOMINATED*
    55th GRIMME-AWARD (Official Selection, Marl, Germany)April 5, 2019

Trailer

Crew

Director
Johanna Bentz
Screenplay
Johanna Bentz
Producer
Florian Schewe / Film Five GmbH
Director of Photography
Julia Schlingmann, Johanna Bentz
Sound
Johanna Bentz
Editor
Till Ufer, Johanna Bentz
Sound Design
Dominik Avenwedde

Cast

Emrah Gradina

Details

Running Time
45:05 min
Shooting Format
HD
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Stereo & 5.1

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Florian Schewe
Film Five GmbH
Alexanderstr. 7
10178 Berlin, Germany

+49 177 3026163

florian@filmfive.net
www.filmfive.net


DIRECTOR

Johanna Bentz

+49 176 801 44397

http://johannabentz.de/
mail@johannabentz.de