World Premiere of HAVARIE at Berlinale Forum 2016
Premiere: SAT, 02-13, 7pm, Delphi Filmpalast (EN)
more screening dates:
MON, 02-15, 11am, CineStar 8 (EN)
TUE, 02-16, 3pm, Arsenal 1 (EN)
SAT, 02-20, 10pm, CinemaxX 4 (GER)

On 14.09.2012 at 2:56pm, the cruise liner „Adventure of the Seas” reports to the Spanish Maritime Rescue Centre the sighting of a dinghy adrift with 13 persons on board. From a YouTube clip and biographical scenes evolves a choreography reflecting the past, present and future of the voyagers on the Mediterranean.
The coordinates 37°28.6′N and 0°3.8′E mark a point in the Mediterranean – 38 nautical miles from the port city Cartagena in Spain or 100 nautical miles from the Algerian port city Oran – depending on the narrator’s perspective. Observing the sea from this point, the whole world is water, sky and boundless horizon. A “sea of possibilities”, charged with the hopes, fears and dreams of the voyagers.

On 14th September 2012 at 2:56pm, using these coordinates, the cruise liner „Adventure of the Seas” reports to the Spanish Maritime Rescue Centre the sighting of a dinghy adrift with 13 persons on board.

Visual contact.

90 minutes.



The radio traffic between the cruise liner, the Cartagena port authorities, the rescue cruiser “Salvamar Mimosa” and the helicopter “Helimer 211” structures the soundscape of the film. Visually, the cinematic space contracts to a single, unedited sequence arching over the total duration of the film. It is a short YouTube clip which seems today as the very essence, the condensation of the situation in the Mediterranean. In single frames, the dinghy with 13 figures on board becomes an icon of the daily news images. We are forced to watch. From the recordings with tourists and officers of the cruise liner, with the crew of a container ship, with the Harraga, les bruleurs – “who burn their passports”, and their families the biographic traces of the documentary material are extended into a cinematic imagination.

A choreography emerges reflecting the past, present and future of the voyagers: Will another, a new potential space become visible when they meet again – in a cinematic space?


Length 93 minutes
Format DCP, 4:3, colour
Sound 5.1 / stereo
Year of production 2016, Land of production Germany
World premiere 66. International Film Festival Berlin 2016, 46. International Forum of New Cinema 2016
Film website: havarie.pong-berlin.de


Script Merle Kröger, Philip Scheffner
Director Philip Scheffner
Camera Terry Diamond, Bernd Meiners
Sound Pascal Capitolin, Volker Zeigermann
Montage Philip Scheffner
Sound Design Volker Zeigermann, Alexander Gerhardt, Philip Scheffner
Sound Mix Florian Marquardt
Color Grading & Mastering Matthias Behrens

Producers Merle Kröger, Caroline Kirberg
Co-producers Meike Martens, Marcie Jost, Peter Zorn
Commissioning Editor ZDF/ARTE Doris Hepp

Produced by pong
In co-production with Blinker Filmproduktion, worklights media production
and with ZDF
in collaboration with ARTE
Distribution Germany Real Fiction Filmverleih

Research funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung
Development funded by FFA Filmförderungsanstalt
Production funded by
Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg
Deutscher Filmförderfonds
Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
Film und Medien Stiftung NRW