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Filmspotting: Exploring the Deutsche Kinemathek's Film Archive

MEIN TOD IST NICHT DEIN TOD, 2006

A man receives a mysterious commission from his late wife. He has to scatter the ashes that he buried 15 years earlier in India. His return to the South Asian country is also a trip into his past love.  This story provides a fictional frame to tell the woman’s real story: Her arrival in the GDR, how she was regarded as an exotic being, how she met the filmmaker Lars Barthel at film school and how the two got married, had a daughter with whom they first went to India, then to West Berlin. The biographical documentary MEIN TOD IST NICHT DEIN TOD (Lars Barthel, G 2006) portrays a last, imagined encounter between two lovers, in which the realm of the dead is united and reconciled with the beauty of life. (ah) (26.2.)