Running Time: 74 min.
Original version: German
Cinema release: November 22nd, 2018
© OPAK, 2017
A young woman wants to shoot a film about „Orpheus in the Underworld“, but in the course of pre-production she falls into a well and dies. Instead of finding peace in the beyond, she gets stuck here on earth. The reason for this is a lively craftsman from Berlin whom she has met a few minutes before her death by accident. Like a ghost, she restlessly wanders through the meadows of Hades, and dreams about the city, people and love.
But her increasing liveliness entails danger. A stranger appears. He is carrying a mysterious suitcase. Is it Orpheus? What should have become a film, slowly turns into a peculiar parade of cheerful, lost characters, who are caught somewhere between fantasy and everyday life. In the end the city is all that remains. A new year begins...Trailer
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I wanted to return to the beginnings.
How were the first films actually made ?
That must have been so easy and so nice: Just to take a camera and together with a few friends start somewhere, anywhere, to tell a story.
- Format: digital/ black & white
- 1 protagonist (male)
- Location: Berlin + Brandenburg
- Season: Winter, max. 25 days for the shoot
- Budget. 10.000€
No title and no story.
I reasoned that the less I knew the better I would be able to think and work in the moment itself. As a whole it was intended as an experiment, in the sense of: Inventing the story as we felt. Then whilst cutting the film parallel, thinking about how it could continue.
Originally „Orpheus“ was just a word. The experiment needed a name. „Orpheus“ was neither a character nor a story line, just a rough direction.
Many of the characters resisted the general direction of „Orpheus“ for a long time. For them it was nicer and considerably more amusing quite somewhere else. Not until things where drawing to a close, did „Orpheus“ become clearly recognizable. His most important features: Death, love and music...
Liam Maria Gremm
Hong Chang Kim
Cinematography, Lighting: Jan Klein
Sound: Ben Kalisch
Editing: Stanislaw Schimanski
Sound design: Nadine Radloff
Music/ mixing: Jakob Rohr
With a composition by the young monk Il-Wall
Underwater photos: Björn Dostewitz
Title-Design and Graphics: Eric Tiedt
Set-Assistant and Dramatic Advisor: Adrian Mihm
Production Management: Jeanne Ramin
Production: Katharina Mihm and Hong Chang Kim
Concept/ Director: Katharina Mihm
Filmed in Berlin and Brandenburg, December 2014 - March 2015
Solely financed with own resources
© OPAK, 2017