Sound of Heimat
What happens when a saxophonist from New Zealand embarks on a search for the roots and living traditions of German folk music? In this exuberant documentary, Kiwi horn blower Hayden Chisholm meets musicians and singers young and old, traditional and modern, eccentric and ultra-serious, all of whom are united by their passion for music that embodies the quintessential German notion of Heimat (homeland). Filled with delightful detours into remote places and high-spirited collaborations in which Hayden brings his instrument into the mix, Sound of Heimat is about much more than music. In the course of his travels, Hayden encounters not only the Germany that embraces the sounds of Heimat with a deep sense of national pride, but also the Germany that dismisses such music and its attendant emotions as irrelevant nostalgia. Do not be surprised if you get the urge to tap your toes and sing along as you consider the evidence!
Arne Birkenstock was born 1967 in Siegen. A selection of his films include 12 Tangos - Adios Buenos Aires (2005) and The Daughter of the Elephant Whisperer (2009).
Jan Tengeler was born in Kiel in 1969 and studied German philology and philosophy in Cologne. He works as film director, journalist and musician. Sound of Heimat is his first cine documentary.
Arne Birkenstock, Jan Tengeler
Classification: No age restriction (General Festival Conditions)
Festival Screening: Berlin 2013