Selb · April 21 - 24. 2022 45. GRENZLAND-FILMTAGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Program

Videothek

(Selection of 2020 program)

Storyline

The film is a portrait of Wolfgang and his small Videothek, one of the last remaining video stores in Germany. Ever since he was a child they have been places of community and discovery. Even though the traditional business of renting films today is in danger of disappearing, Wolfgang's optimism seems unbroken. A bittersweet story of a man, who cannot imagine a world without video stores.

About the film

In a time in Germany where video stores have been steadily closing for years, a film like ours seemed urgent. Videothek is on its surface a portrait of a man, but this journey is based on empathy and emotion, not exposition of content. The video store doesn’t reflect just this store, but that one store the viewer knows from their hometown, the one they can still almost smell. Wolfgang clearly stands for a deep love for cinema and relentless optimism. On the other hand, also a deep attachment to nostalgia and an unwillingness to let go. Our aim was to make a film that carried both sides, the comedy and the melancholy. It is in the spaces we’ve left open that the viewer can reflect his own imagination. Like Luciano Barisone once told: documentary filmmaking is filming the visible to portray the invisible.

Credits

Director:
Stephan Bernardes
Script:
Stephan Bernardes, Jordanis Papadopoulos
Camera:
Stephan Bernardes
Editor:
Jonathan Ehrlich, Moritz Wimmer
Music:
Bertolt Pohl
Producer:
Jordanis Papadopoulos
Contact:
Jordanis Papadopoulos, 40479 Düsseldorf
E-mail:
jpapadopoulos23@gmail.com
  • Germany
  • OmeU (German)
  • 2019
  • 20 minutes

Q&A

Documentary films – Block #3