Film Heimat is a Space in Time

Thomas Heise: Heimat is a Space in Time © Deckert Distribution

Wed, 11/20/2019

Cinéma du Parc

3575 Parc Avenue
H2X 3P9 Montreal

RIDM - Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal

Director: Thomas Heise, 2019,
Germany/Austria, 218 min.

German with English subtitles.
The film is part of the international feature competition at documentary film festival RIDM - Rencontres Internationales Du Documentaire de Montréal.

On-screen, shots of contemporary Germany are intercut with a few archival images. Meanwhile, the filmmaker’s voice reads personal letters by members of his family, spanning more than a century. From world wars to the Shoah to the migrant crisis, the reality of divided Germany and its complicated reunification, Thomas Heise examines his country’s past as a way to understand its present. Private lives and socio-political upheavals become the essential links in an essay of uncommon scope, situating individual lives within the ideological movements of their time. A critical reflection on the resurgence of identity-driven nationalist movements, Heimat is personal and political in equal measure.

Second screening: 23.11.2019 at 1:00pm at Cinéma du Parc.​


The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is one of North America’s leading documentary film festivals. Each year, the RIDM presents more than 150 Canadian and international documentaries. Its industry event, Forum RIDM, is Quebec’s only documentary forum.




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