Was anderes machen (The Home and the Movie) | Sohrab Shahid Saless: Empfänger unbekannt

silent green presents

With the festival Was anderes machen (The Home and the Movie), silent green takes the archive of Das kleine Fernsehspiel as the starting point for a historical retrospective, a description of the state and the question of the future of auteur film with events, an exhibition and a symposium. On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the ZDF editorial office and the Arsenal Archive, television and film heritage will be commemorated together for the first time.


Empfänger unbekannt, Sohrab Shahid Saless, BRD 1983, 86'
The husband, who met his wife during their studies and went through the May 68 movement with her, is now a successful entrepreneur. Nothing is left of the former ideals and ideas. When his wife gets together with a Turkish man and is confronted with the reality of the Federal Republic's hatred of foreigners, his marriage goes into crisis and he sees his comfortable life called into question.

The film unfolds as an epistolary novel between the two spouses. Two worlds come to light. The wife deals with the issue of xenophobia and its causes. The husband, on the other hand, is unable to understand the issue.

The crisis erupts simultaneously and in parallel with the economic crisis. An ideal, seemingly intact world has collapsed.

"I don't want our film to invoke mawkishness so that people say: for God's sake, they should and must stay with us. That is not decisive for the film. What is decisive is when hosts and guests deliberately avoid each other and don't know what to do with each other, that we do it for them. That a conversation takes place and an image of humanity remains imprinted in the minds of both Germans and foreigners." Sohrab Shahid Saless


Introduction: Vivien Buchhorn


Filmscreening and discussion
Monday, November 30
Start: 8 pm

Kino Arsenal

Was anderes machen (The Home and the Movie) is a project of silent green Film Feld Forschung gGmbH in cooperation with Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art and Film Studies/Media Dramaturgy at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. With the kind support of the ZDF editorial department Das Kleine Fernsehspiel. Supported by the Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin. Supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.