September 2020, distribution news


by Bernd Schoch

OLANDA opens on the starry sky over Romania’s Carpathian Mountains. The first two images mark the dimensions to which the film is dedicated: on the one hand, details and delicate structures; on the other, constellations and the big picture. At the center of the documentary is a seasonal economic commodity of the region: the mushroom. No one is more closely attuned to it than the mushroom collectors, and the film stays mainly with them, following them on walks through the forest, at their camps and in their conversations. From here the film follows the rhizome-like branches that spread out ever further in the form of money. Beyond an analysis of economic structures, however, the film is also a sensory document of the rhythm of everyday life in the forest as experienced by the collectors.

On October 16th there was a seminar on the topics of mushroom culture and capitalism at the Kunstverein Hamburg accompanied by a release screening at the Metropolis Cinema in Hamburg on October 15th. These events were supported by Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein.

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Bernd Schoch (*1971 in Ettlingen, Germany) studied media art at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. From 2008 to 2016, he was an artistic assistant at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg. Since 2008, Bernd Schoch has been a member of the collective Dokumentarfilmwoche Hamburg (Documentary Film Week Hamburg). He lives and works as a filmmaker in Hamburg. Films (selection) 2005: Slide Guitar Ride. 2006: Onset/Offset. 2007: Casinoul Poporuliu (Mixed Media Installation, with Heiko Sievers), Brand New World – Stufe 1 (with Holger Lauinger). 2011: Aber das Wort Hund bellt ja nicht. 2014: Kurze Ecke. 2015: Vor der Sperre. 2019: Olanda.

Director, Editor: Bernd Schoch. Script: André Siegers. Camera: Simon Quack. Music: Thomas Weber. Sound Design: Roman Vehlken. Sound: Orest Skakun. Production: Karsten Krause, Frank Scheuffele. Production Company: Fünferfilm (Hamburg, Germany). With Marian Mâruntelu, Mihaela Mâruntelu, Sorin Tânarie, Ileana Manicea, Victor Prodescu, Marius Prodescu, Adriana Prodescu, David Remus.