Kleinstheim – The Home

Premiere: German Competition DOK Leipzig (special mention)

Documentary
by Stefan Kolbe and Chris Wright, D 2010

On the black earth of Germany’s agricultural heartland stands a medieval castle. Upstairs, seven teenagers and their carers. The boundaries of life are school and chatroom, clandestine date and job interview. Gradually, a year passes and the world grows with us. This is a film about finding your place in this world, in this time. And, inevitably, about carrying the burdens parents can lay on us.

Script: Stefan Kolbe and Chris Wright
Image: Stefan Kolbe
Montage and Sound: Chris Wright
Sound Design: Rainer Schwarte
Mix: Holger Lehmann
Production: Stefan Kolbe and Meike Martens
Postproduction supported by Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung

Biographies

Chris Wright, born 1972 in Radcliffe, England. Studied German and French in Cambridge and Leipzig, before training as a film editor at Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen Konrad Wolf in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Works as a freelance documentary-maker, film editor and journalist. Lives in Berlin with two sons, Leo und Sascha.

Stefan Kolbe, born 1972 in Halle, East Germany. He worked as a newspaper photographer and journalist before training as a film cameraman at Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen Konrad Wolf in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Works as a freelance documentary-maker and cameraman. Lives in Berlin with one son, Oskar.

Filmography

  • AUF DEM WACHSTUMSPFAD | THE DISCIPLE
  • documentary, 29min, ma.ja.de |Kolbe | 3sat 2010
  • funded by German Culture Ministry, MDM and MEDIA
  • DAS BLOCK | THE BLOCK
  • documentary, 75min, ma.ja.de | Kolbe | 3sat | arte france 2006
  • Visions du Réel 2007, Crossing Europe Linz 2007, Duisburger Filmwoche 2007
  • TECHNIK DES GLÜCKS | THE PROGRESS OF HAPPINESS
  • documentary, 68min, Kolbe | HFF 2003
  • Broadcast by 3Sat, MDR, Vpro Holland and TSRI Switzerland
  • Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animation 2003:
  • Intl. Competition, special mention of the Fipresci jury
  • Visions du Réel, Nyon 2004: Prix Kodak Suisse
  • Shadow Festival, Amsterdam 2004: Kodak Shadow Award
  • Duisburger Filmwoche 2003, Göteborg 2004
  • NERNICH – NIRGENDS NICHTS | NOWHERE NOTHING
  • documentary, 76min, Kolbe | HFF 1999
  • Visions du Réel 2000, Ethnofilmfest Berlin 2001
  • GURKE & BROT | BREAD & PICKLE
  • documentary, 42min, HFF 1997
  • Duisburger Filmwoche 1997, Visions du Réel 1998
  • Young Artists’ Award of Hessen State Minister of Culture 1998