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HAVARIE (Germany 2016) by Philip Scheffner.
On 14th September 2012 at 2:56 p.m., using these coordinates, the cruise liner “Adventure of the Seas” reported to the Spanish Maritime Rescue Centre the sighting of a dinghy adrift with 13 persons on board. A YouTube clip and reenactments create a choreography of the past, present and future of people crossing the Mediterranean.

Visual contact. 90 minutes. Waving. Waiting.

The radio traffic between the cruise liner, the Cartagena port authorities, the rescue cruiser Salvamar Mimosa and the helicopter Helimer 211 structures the soundscape of the film. From the recordings with tourists and officers of the cruise liner, with the crew of a container ship, with the Harraga, les bruleurs – “who burn their passports”, and their families the biographic traces of the documentary material are extended into a cinematic imagination. Visually, the cinematic space contracts to a single, unedited sequence arching over the total duration of the film. It is a short YouTube clip which seems today as the very essence, the condensation of the situation in the Mediterranean. In single frames, the dinghy with 13 figures on board becomes an icon of the daily news images. We are forced to watch. 

Extras: Film talk with Philip Scheffner (by Matthias Dell & Simon Rothöhler (39 Min), © Cargo 2016), 20-page booklet with texts to the book and film

DVD details
Subtitles: English, German, French, Polish
Language: Original with subtitles
Length: 93 Min. + 39 Min. Extras
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Sound format : Stereo + DD 5.1
Regional code: code-free
System: PAL, Color
Release date: 15.02.2019
Rating: No age restriction

Funded by:

  • Logo Minister of State for Culture and the Media