Premiere REVISION Berlinale Forum 2012

by Philip Scheffner

D 2012, XDCam/35mm, 106′ colour

A documentary becomes a cinematic REVISION. It reconstrues the circumstances that lead to the death of two men in 1992 on a field near the German-Polish frontier. With increasingly disturbing closeness, Scheffner interweaves landscape and memory, testimonies, files and investigations.


On June 29th, 1992 a farmer discovers two bodies in a corn field in the North East of Germany. Police enqiries lead to the fact that the dead men are Romanian citizens. During the attempt to cross the EU border, they have been shot by hunters. The hunters claim that they had mistaken the people for wild boar. Four years later, the trial begins. It will never be proved, which of the hunters has fired the fatal bullet. The verdict: not guilty. German Press Agency dpa reports: “From Romania, none has arrived for the rendition of judgement.”

The police files contain the names and adress of Grigore Velcu and Eudache Calderar. However, their families never even got to know, that a trial had been held.

With REVISION, a legally terminated crime case becomes the subject of a cinematic revision. Places, individuals, and memories are being connected, and form a fragile pattern from different versions and perspectives of contemporary European history.


Script   -   Merle Kröger, Philip Scheffner

Director   -   Philip Scheffner

Director of Photography   –   Bernd Meiners

Sound   -   Pascal Capitolin, Volker Zeigermann

Edit   -   Philip Scheffner

Producer   -   Merle Kröger / pong – Kröger & Scheffner GbR

Coproducers   -   Meike Martens / Blinker Filmproduktion GmbH, Marcie K. Jost, Peter Zorn  /worklights media production, Doris Hepp / ZDF/ARTE

Production and development were funded by:

Development   –   FFA, DEFA

Production   -   Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Deutscher FilmFörderFonds

German Distribution   -   RealFiction

World Sales -   pong Kröger und Scheffner