Borschemich (new)

Documentary

by Christine Uschy Wernke

Germany 2011, HD, 15′

Niklas is twelve years old, and he loves his village: Borschemich in the lower Rhine region. Mainly because of his grandpa who owns a farm there on which Niklas spends most of his free time. For as long as he can remember, Niklas has been helping his grandfather on the fields and with the animals.

He is especially fascinated by the big machines, and the tractor which Niklas can already drive all by himself. These idyllic days are numbered, though: Within a year, all of Borschemich village will be torn down – there are brown coal deposits under the village. All will be scooped away: The church, the old water castle, the linden tree that has survived many centuries, as well as Niklas’ house and his grandpa’s farm. In their place, there will be noting but a huge gaping hole in the ground.

We are following Niklas during his last visits to the farm, and the subsequent move into the family new home in an urban development called „Borschemich (neu)“ („Borschemich (new)“ in English)

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CREDITS

Writer & Director  -  Christine Uschy Wernke

Cinematography  -  Paul Pieck

Sound  -  Claas Benjamin Berger

Editor  -  Felix Bach

Mixing  -  Claas Benjamin Berger

Score  -  Christina Zenk

Animation  -  Kerstin Unger

Titles  -  Daniel Rakete Siegel

Production Manager  -  Nima Kianzad

Producers  -  Meike Martens / Blinker Filmproduktion; Janna Velber / BOOGIEFILM GbR

Associate Producers at WDR  -  Andrea Ernst and Birgit Keller-Reddemann

Cast  -  Niklas Sonnen, Hans Hahn and more.

Produced by Blinker Filmproduktion GmbH and BOOGIEFILM GbR, co-produced by KHM Köln for the WDR

Formats  -  HDCAM, DigiBeta, BluRay; 16:9 PAL, HDV, Color, Stereo

Duration  -  14′ 24”

Language  -  German; Subtitles English

RESUMÉ Christine Uschy Wernke

Christine Uschy Wernke is 34 years old and originally hails from a suburb of Osnabrück – which is the North German flavor of « in the middle of nowhere ». Life was actually nice there, though, but terribly boring, as well. So she left : First to Melbourne, when she was 15 years old, later to Bonn and Hamburg to become a journalist. She realized quickly, though, that newspaper work put certain limits on her creativity, so she started looking for alternatives and gathered her first filmmaking experience in various glamorous positions as production assistant or as «that chick who does the making-of». Eventually, she ended up in film school.

Currently, Uschy Wernke is working her first feature film script. She also films commercials and works as a child actor coach and associate producer. «Borschemich (new)» is her second «excursion» into documentary film making.

FILMOGRAPHY

Borschemich (neu) -  2010, documentary short, 14’24; Writer/director

Schiffe versenken -  2010, fictional short film (Young TalentSponsorship NRW),             21’38, 16mm, Writer/director

Pausenhofmärchen -  2009, short children’s film made for the „In Via“ project at Cologne schools. 11’00, Writer/director

Grenze -  2007, Short fictional film, 24’50, HD, irector and producer

Auf nach Takatukaland -  2006, documentary, 23’00, DV, Director

Kakao und Maroni -  2006, short fictional film, 10’50, 6 mm, director, co-writer

Awards and achievements

„Grenze“ won the Young Talent Award at the Selb film festival. It was co-produced by the ZDF and shown on arte in 2008. The film was also shown on various national and international festivals (e.g. Fresh Film Fest Karlovy Vary 2008, new talents biennale Köln 2008) With this film, Uschy Wernke was invited to the Berlinale Talent Campus 2008.

„Auf nach Takatukaland“ was shown at the Stranger than Fiction Festival in Cologne in 2006 and at the Short Cuts Cologne Festival 2007.

„Kakao und Maroni“ was bought by arte and shown there in 2007.