• Dead Birds Flying High

    Dead Birds Flying High



  • Dead Birds Flying High

    Dead Birds Flying High



  • Dead Birds Flying High

    Dead Birds Flying High



  • Dead Birds Flying High

    Dead Birds Flying High



  • Dead Birds Flying High

    Dead Birds Flying High



Dead Birds Flying High

a film by Sönje Storm

Dead Birds Flying High

Germany | 2022 | 83:00 min

Original Title:
DIE TOTEN VÖGEL SIND OBEN

Content Categories

Documentary
Synopsis
In a northern German attic: boxes of pinned butterflies, carefully hand-coloured photographs of the local flora and fauna, hundreds of stuffed and dusty birds – Jürgen Friedrich Mahrt (1882–1940) did a great job. His collections echo a present that doesn’t exist anymore. And yet all signs of an ecological crisis can be found buried in them.

Dead or alive? There is an uncanny element in Jürgen Friedrich Mahrt’s photos: One can’t always be sure whether the animal captured in the frame is the result of hours of waiting or just a specimen staged to look lifelike. The ripples around the duck on the pond are missing, the bird of prey looks suspiciously calm directly into the lens. Mahrt crossed borders. He sacrificed his duties as a farmer to the urge to document natural environments we hardly find in nature today. Ancient forests, enchanted moors, macro views of fat, colourful caterpillars – almost magical images that make one sad in view of a variety irretrievably lost. His great-granddaughter Sönje Storm has the quiet eccentric’s estate analysed by experts, shows peat cutters, extinct species and a changing countryside. An exceedingly stimulating excursion, congenially accompanied by the scurrilous electronica sounds of Dominik Eulberg and Bertram Denzel. [65 DOK Leipzig, Carolin Weidner]

With: Esther Ruelfs, Sven Schumacher, Martin Husemann, Detlef Kolligs, Matthias Preuß, Wolfgang Scharenberg, Werner David, Hans Hermann Storm, Wolfgang Rüther
Festivals/Awards
2022
Golden Dove – 65 DOK Leipzig
64 Nordic Film Days Luebeck
Cast and Crew
  • Director Sönje Storm
  • Producer Sönje Storm
  • Director of Photography Alexander Gheorghiu
  • Editor Halina Daugird
  • Sound Roman Pogorzelski
  • Sound Design Roman Pogorzelski
  • Score Dominik Eulberg, Henry Reyels, Bertram Denzel
Original Languages

German

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