Short film of a river journey
The film documents the two-day river trip undertaken by a ferryman, a filmmaker, an actor and a scientist in early October from the Spreewald to Berlin. The goal of the trip was to bring the research,the art works and a tank of water directly from the natural harbor Raddusch to the urban river side venue Holzmarkt 25, Berlin. And all this with the help of the actor which connects both places - the Spree.
In text and image, the film reflects on the possibility of leaving one's human point of view and taking non-human perspectives, a movement we know from myth. What happens when we question the centrality of the human and give space to the multiplicity of non-human actors? We enter the realm of metamorphosis…
Film by Oliver Rossoll (image) and Maximilian Grünewald (text). Featuring Steven Lehmann (barge ride), with support by Pauline Münch (organization), Diane Barbé and Jonas Dahm (audio).
Oliver was born in Nuremberg in 1987 and works as an award-winning filmmaker, cameraman and video artist. He studied art at the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main with Rotraut Pape. Rossol realized video works for Ersan Mondtag at Schauspiel Frankfurt. His long-standing collaboration with director Alexander Eisenach has resulted in productions such as "Anthropos Tyrann (Ödipus )" at the Volksbühne Berlin and "Einer gegen Alle" at the Residenztheater Munich. His feature film debut "Grün ist eine unmenschliche Farbe" with Alexej Lochmann and Lisa Birke Balzer debuted in 2022
Maximilian is an actor and freelance dramaturg and received his training at the "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Academy of Music and Theater in Leipzig. This was followed by engagements at the Staatstheater in Karlsruhe and Hanover. In his work he is concerned with human/non-human relations as well as the dramatization of scientific discourses. In 2020, he co-founded the collective ANTHROPOS EX. The collective seeks ways to give a stage to non-human actors, experimenting with methods from theater, film, the visual arts, and the natural sciences. This has led to collaborations with students from the ETH (ZH), the ZHdK (ZH) and the HFG Karlsruhe, among others. In close collaboration with scientists, artists and residents of the Spreewald village Raddusch, Maximilian Grünewald developed the artistic concept of "River Stories".