Day Of The Sparrow

World premiere: Berlinale 2010 – Forum


by Philip Scheffner, D 2010

DAY OF THE SPARROW is a political wildlife documentary. It tells the story of a country where the border between war and peace is disappearing. On November 14th, 2005 a sparrow is shot dead in Leeuwarden, and in Kabul a German soldier dies. These competing headlines are the starting point for director Philip Scheffner, to trace the war using the methods of an ornithologist. On his journey through Germany, the camera circuits a reality of the war by capturing images of apparent peace. Dialogue fragments are wafting through deserted ladscapes. Birds remain in the focus, becoming our guides to hidden places where the war is produced.

And then, a sudden change of perspective: An arrest takes place on a Brandenburg country lane. The birdwatchers themselves become the targets of observation.

Authors: Merle Kröger and Philip Scheffner

Director: Philip Scheffner

DoP: Bernd Meiners

Sound: Pascal Capitolin / Volker Zeigermann

in co-propduction with pong / Merle Kröger – worklights media production/ Marcie Jost and Peter Zorn – ZDF/ARTE “Spätvorstellung„/ commissioning editor: Doris Hepp

supported by: Filmstiftung NRW, Produktion 2

Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg

Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung

Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein

Deutscher Filmförderfonds

FFA Drehbuchförderung

werkleitz (Supported Artist)

German distribution: arsenal distribution

release: 08.04.2010