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A Very Lonely Place
Documentary, HD, 90 min.
Director: Stanislaw Mucha
A coproduction of BT Film (Berlin), strandfilm (Frankfurt) and zinnober film (Aachen) - in cooperation with NDR
Supported by Hessen Film, FFA/BKM, Filmstiftung NRW
The loneliest workplace in the world is a weather station on the edge of the Russian polar sea. For decades the meteorologist Slava has been watching the weather of the Arctic here – and he is trying to train a young couple to become his successors. He only has two big concerns: that the youngsters won’t be able to cope with the loneliness and end up leaving and that soon, sped up by climate change, research ships and oil cargo ships will appear and end the paradisical seclusion of his station. The gold rush, the development of natural resources, which were hidden in the no longer eternal ice, has already begun.

Documentary, HD, 90 min.
Dir: Otmar Hitzelberger
Supported by Hessen Film
»Such a place is impossible«, Ingrid Mylo wrote in 1988. »Every man for himself and the computer against everyone. (…) But entertainment which stops in front of the individual, which reaches for the stars? (…)- A place where they sit together and laugh – not next to each other in neat rows… where they risk closeness, eat, drink, hold their breath, where saying cheers can be the beginning of a wonderful affair? (…) – Tiger Palace. It works«.
The company against all odds: the operators – former world-improvers without the slightest idea of business, the chosen location – way too small, a vaudeville? That industry was clinically dead for decades! The few artists that still exist – they’re scattered all over the world: New York, Las Vegas and Paris. You can’t even afford to pay for their plane-fares. And where should the audience come from, who can and wants to afford all this?
Tiger Palace: by no means possible.
Today, 30 years later, we’re trying to find out why - in spite of all this - it worked out so wonderfully. Our movie draws a portrait of the people who made this miracle possible: Margareta Dillinger, Johnny Klinke, Robert Mangold - and posthumously Matthias Beltz, as well as the artists, helpers and collaborators. And how they managed to rescue a century-old craft of daring, hand, head and foot work into the 21st century.
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