The Sleeper

a film by Alex Gerbaulet

The Sleeper

Germany | 2018 | 17:00 min

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Human Interest Society Social Issue

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Documentary Short film
Two newspaper articles, ten years apart, two different women, the same wording. In 2001 the “Göttinger Zeitung” wrote that Margit (69) had lived a secluded life as an inconspicuous woman. In 2011 the “Hamburger Abendblatt” stated that Irina (65) had lived in seclusion, a non-descript woman. Up to the moment of their appearance in these newspaper lines, both women were invisible, forcefully concealed by their roles as wives and homemakers. Only for a brief moment did they claim visibility. Through acts of violence.
The short film The Sleeper reconstructs and imagines the stories of these two women who were extrinsically determined throughout their lives, struggling to express themselves in vain until the only way for them to end the spiral of every-day violence was to resort to violence themselves. The cinematic narrative, too, oscillates between documentation and fiction. Everyday scenes, translated into animated still lives in the film, suggest that something is about to happen or just took place. The character of the homemaker seems omnipresent though she never appears on the scene, just as the actual protagonists Margit and Irina remain invisible.
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Cast and Crew
  • Director Alex Gerbaulet
  • Producer Caroline Kirberg, Philip Scheffner, Merle Kröger
  • Director of Photography Jenny Lou Ziegel
  • Editor Philip Scheffner
  • Sound Tom Schön
  • Sound Design Simon Bastian (ZEIGERMANN_AUDIO)
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pong film GmbH
Skalitzer Str. 62, 10997 Berlin

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