Central Airport THF
22nd German Film Festival | 25.10.-11.11.2018
Runtime 97 min
Language Arabic, English, German, Russian
Director Karim Ainouz
Producer Felix von Boehm
Screenwriter Karim Ainouz
Director of Photography Juan Sarmiento G.
Berlin’s historic defunct Tempelhof Airport remains a place of arrivals and departures. Today its massive hangars are used as Germany’s largest emergency shelter for asylum seekers, like 18-year-old Syrian refugee, Ibrahim. As Ibrahim adjusts to his transitory daily life of social services interviews, German lessons and medical exams, he tries to cope with homesickness and the anxiety of whether he will get deported or gain residency in a new country he can call home.
An assistant director to Todd Haynes in the past, Brazilian film-maker Karim Aïnouz has been directing his own films since 1992. In this documentary, he not only explores the former airport’s interesting architecture but also paints a sensitive portrait of refugees whom he has spent a year getting to know better.
The screening at the National Gallery Singapore is part of the Painting with Light festival, supported by the Goethe-Institut Singapore.
Amnesty International Film Prize
Berlin International Film Festival 2018