Der Stein zum Leben

A film by Kat­in­ka Zeu­ne. In Ger­man.

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A cir­cus wagon and a ship­ping con­tai­ner ser­ve as ston­e­ma­son Micha­el Spengler’s work­shop. It is here that he recei­ves peop­le in mour­ning. Tog­e­ther they design head­stones that tell of the decea­sed.

Mr. and Mrs. Neu­stadt have lost their two-year-old son. Through their dia­lo­gue with Micha­el they find the words to express their emo­ti­ons, words that beco­me form and substance—their child’s breath is to be repre­sen­ted in a fra­gi­le lime­stone. Hard­burg Stol­le is a woman of few words, through Michael’s gui­d­ance she daunt­less­ly swings the ham­mer that splits a boul­der and feels a sen­se of strength that had been long buried. The Jacob fami­ly sear­ches for the essence of their grandfather’s life: lover of natu­re, bon vivant, patri­arch. What should an object that encap­su­la­tes him look like? Micha­el approa­ches the mate­ri­al and the peop­le with gre­at sen­si­ti­vi­ty and accom­pa­nies each fami­ly on a pro­cess that often takes mon­ths, one decisi­on at a time.

The film tells the sto­ry of this dif­fi­cult and inti­ma­te pro­cess and shows how working on the stone makes death con­cre­te in the tru­est sen­se of the word. As the stone takes on its form, the fami­lies dis­co­ver a new rela­ti­ons­hip with the deceased—and to life.



DE 2018, 77 Min.,
Regie & Kame­ra: Kat­in­ka Zeu­ner
Schnitt: Anna Pesaven­to


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