Stromaufwärts

A film by Marion Hänsel.  In french with ger­man subtitles.

[Pressezone]

Homer and Joé, two taci­turn men aged around fif­ty, sail a small boat up a river in Croatia. Until recent­ly, neit­her knew of the other’s exis­tence, but now their father has died it turns out they are half-bro­thers. Looking for traces of the man of who shaped their lives so dif­fer­ent­ly, they encoun­ter a third tra­vel­ler, the mys­te­rious Irishman Sean, and their tour through the wild land­s­cape of Croatia beco­mes a real psy­cho­lo­gi­cal challenge.

»Certain peop­le find it diff­cult to talk about them­sel­ves for many dif­fe­rent rea­sons. My cha­rac­ters, Homer and Joé, half­bro­thers, are such peop­le. Homer, trau­ma­tised by an absent father who igno­red his exis­tence, Joé by the vio­lence of this same father. e lack of words, of ver­bal com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on inte­rests me and can be found in a num­ber of my lms. e silen­ces, what is left unsaid, lea­ves room for the spectator’s inter­pre­ta­ti­on, their per­so­nal ima­gi­na­ti­on. I like that. As to the nar­ra­ti­on, I have the impres­si­on that I am dig­ging into earth that I alrea­dy know but that I want to go deeper. If Joé and Homer are half-bro­thers, it is not by chan­ce. In some of my pre­vious Films, blood-ties, filia­ti­on, the image of the father or his absence are stron­gly pre­sent. Upstream is part of this same lineage.« Marion Hänsel

 

(En amont du fleuve)
Belgien/Niederlande/Kroatien 2016, 90 Min.
Regie: Marion Hänsel
Buch: Marion Hänsel, Hubert Mingarelli
Mit: Olivier Gourmet, Sergi López, John Lynch
Kamera: Didier Frateur
Schnitt: Michèle Hubinon
Produktion: Marion Hänsel, Digna Sinke

Trailer Stromaufwärts from Peripher Filmverleih on Vimeo.