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Still from the film "Afterwater" by Dane Komljen. A close-up of the hands and torsos of two standing bodies.
© Flaneur Films

Sat 19.02.

  • Director

    Dane Komljen

  • Germany, Spain, Republic of Korea, Serbia / 2022
    93 min. / Original version with English subtitles

  • Original language

    English, Spanish, Serbian

  • Cinema

    silent green Kulturquartier

    zu den Ticketszu dem Kalender

Early in AFTERWATER, the second feature by artist and filmmaker Dane Komljen, one of the two students at the core of its story hears one of her peers describe lakes as “variable ecological worlds”. Informed by this spirit of speculation and infinite possibility, Komljen’s film sets out to explore and even create its own such worlds, imagining a film as fluid as water whose fluidity of form and narrative influences time, space, language and gender in turn. Drawing inspiration from the scholar G.E. Hutchinson – whose studies of lakes established the discipline of limnology, and whose writings provides the source of the earlier observation – the film begins with its two leads travelling from Berlin to a lake outside the city. Eventually, despite its seemingly fixed boundaries, the body of water they set up camp beside somehow flows into another, populated by its own increasingly out of time figures. They will not be the only ones. Beguiling and chimerical, its atmosphere heightened by the dreamlike photography of DOP Jenny Lou Ziegel and Jakov Munižaba’s rich, enveloping sound design, AFTERWATER invites the audience to participate in a form of spectatorship closer to submergence. Let’s go swimming. (Jesse Cumming)

Funded by:

  • Logo Minister of State for Culture and the Media