Der Mensch ist ein schöner Gedanke. Volkhard Knigge und Buchenwald

A Film by Siegfried Ressel

Synopsis

IT HAPPENED AND TOOK PLACE RIGHT HERE. VOLKHARD KNIGGE AND BUCHENWALD.
What kind of societal relevance does a memorial place of a former concentration camp have 72 years after the end of the war? The historian Volkhard Knigge has been the director of the Buchenwald memorial foundation for the past 20 years. Time and again he reflects upon the meaning and significance of this place of remembrance. When it comes to the Holocaust, his stance goes against a pure frugalness of rehabilitating the sensitive topic but encourages a continuous attitude of discomposure to keep the memories of the crimes committed by the National Socialists alive – also under the proposition that history cannot be cured. The film is, together with Knigge’s reflections, an approach to Buchenwald’s scene of crime as we perceive it today, based on its emptiness, its aesthetics and its constructional fragments.

The architect Karina Loos has described the buildings and facilities of the former concentration camp in terms of their functionality – these texts are read by Corinna Harfouch. An own cinematic level develops additionally, also due to her linguistic laconism, that illustrates how Weimar’s Ettersberg, “an ordinary place, turned into something murderous” (V. Knigge).

Director

  • Picture of Siegfried Ressel © Siegfried Ressel, Hannes Richter

    Siegfried Ressel

    Siegfried Ressel, born in Potsdam in 1958
    1965 - 1975 Visit to the Educational Oberschule 11 Potsdam Babelsberg
    1975 - 1978 Training as a specialist for communications technology
    1978 - 1979 18 months of basic military service in the NVA
    1979 - 1988 Programmer at the Meteorological Service of the GDR in Potsdam
    1988 - 1990 Application for leave, relocation to West Berlin; Radio reporter at SFB's young radio broadcasting s-f-beat and other SFB radio broadcasts.
    1990 - 2002 co-owner of the "Literaturladen Wist & Ressel" in Potsdam
    Since 2002 food point in France; Film and television author; Magazine journalist
    Since 2005 continuous film work as an author, chef and camera man.
    Since 2009 associate of a + r film
    Since 2010 besides the work on films various feature works for radio and TV contributions for the 3sat KulturZeit

Awards + Festivals

  • 34th KASSEL DOCUMENTARY AND VIDEO FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kassel, Germany)November 14, 2017
  • North Carolina Film Award (Competition, North Carolina, USA)November 16, 2017
  • STEAM HOUSE ENTERTAINMENT INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Avenal, CA, USA)December 8, 2017
  • 3rd LANUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Buenos Aires, Argentina)March 1, 2018
  • 15th CROSSING EUROPE FILM FESTIVAL LINZ (Official Selection, Linz, Austria)April 25, 2018
  • 12th ETHNOCINECA - INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL VIENNA (Official Selection, Vienna, Austria)May 4, 2018
  • 3rd DOC SUNBACK FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mulvane, Kansas, USA)June 21, 2018

Trailer

Crew

Screenplay
Siegfried Ressel
Co-Director
Hannes Richter
Producer
Siegfried Ressel
Director
Siegfried Ressel
Director of Photography
Siegfried Ressel, Hannes Richter, Uwe Schult, Alex Rott
Sound
Hannes Richter, Lorenz Fischer
Editor
Hannes Richter
Sound Design
Azadeh Zandieh

Details

Running Time
85 mins
Shooting Format
HD; 16:9, Farbe Pal, 1080i, 25p
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Sound
Stereo

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

aug&ohr medien
Markus Kaatsch
Riemannstraße 21
D-10961 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 61620068

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

a+r film
Siegfried Ressel
Heinrich von Kleist Str. 11
14482 Potsdam, Germany

DIRECTOR

Siegfried Ressel

sigi.ressel@wanadoo.fr
www.ar-film.de