Director: Uli M Schueppel, Germany, 2019, 95 min, black and white.
With: Wieland Sykora, Lenoe Weilacher, Eva-Maria Lemke, Alexander Jacoby, Orhan Özcan Bruno, Tobias Möhring, Volker Ullmann, Ilker Abay Torsten Grunow, Sarah Klute, Lama Gelek Ngawang, Angelo Tessari, Sophia Chapman, Vural Bayir, Michaela Müller, Bienvenue Mbarga, Uwe Schmidt, Veronika Pavlidou, Jerzy Gierlach, Rosemarie Mohamed Bernd Stoewhase, Olga Dyer, Carsten Schulz, Jörg Riemann, Lucrezia Lennert, Daniel Zschigner.
In German with English subtitles.
The Breath is the third part of Uli M Schueppel’s “Berlin-Chants” trilogy, completed over a 20-year period from 1998 to 2019, dealing with the themes of “space, time and body”. The film embarks on a poetic journey from breath to breath. Through the Berlin night, we encounter people in diverse situations who describe an existential experience that changed, or could have changed, everything. Something that caused them to hold their breath, where everything came to a complete standstill. It is the suspension of movement, time, their own existence, due to fear, pain, sorrow, panic, joy or even just the inkling of it.
“The Breath is a small, personal, emphatically arty mixtape movie whose ghostly narrators leave just fleeting impressions, like chance encounters in late-night bars. But many of their haunting stories linger long after the film ends, their emotional power amplified by Schueppel's strong stylistic choices.” – The Hollywood Reporter