June 2011

"Aufnahme" ("Emergency Room")

by Stefan Landorf, opens June 16, 2011

Two film stills from Aufnahme

In his multi-layered debut, the director – a former doctor himself – turns his attention to a Berlin hospital. Medical terms such as ward visits, doctor’s rounds, anamnesis, clinical patterns can also be applied to the film’s structure, which makes the institution appear like an organism being given a check up and prodded in various ways.

Landorf does not use any long shots, looking out instead for the tiniest details, often framing the patients – as objectified bodies – by zooming in on them. The doctors in the neurology ward do not make hasty diagnoses, their opinions seem hazy, situations are unraveled and then translated into a "secret" medical language. At the same time, AUFNAHME goes into the hidden services parts of the building, evoking a sense that the goings-on here simultaneously keep the body of the hospital alive, supporting its circulation. The elaborate soundtrack also translates this principle acoustically, providing a concert made up of the clinic’s rhythmic noises.

Country/Year: Germany 2001, Length: 89 min, Format: 35mm, 16:9
Director, screenplay writer, editor, producer: Stefan Landorf, Camera: Christof Oefelein, Sound Designer: Patrick Veigel, Music Director: David Sanchez, Editor: Lucas Schmidt, Producer: Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film Munich; Landorf-F for the ZDF – Das kleine Fernsehspiel