HAVARIE/COLLISION | In the context of the Litquake Festival (October 6-14)
Reading of COLLISION by Merle Kröger followed by COLLISION, a film by Philip Scheffner (97 min., 2015/16), director in person
Merle Kröger and Philip Scheffner will tour this program through the US with readings, film screenings and Q&A in Washington D.C., San Francisco, Minneapolis, Ann Arbor, Providence, Amherst, and New York. Please check the webpages of the local Goethe-Instituts for detailed information.
COLLISION - The Book
The research for the film COLLISION was starting point and inspiration for the novel of the same title, written by Merle Kröger. The book received the Radio Bremen Crime Novel Award 2015 and the German Crime Novel Award 2016. Kröger: "Reality is much more dramatic, violent and incomprehensible than fiction. I decided to take the encounter between the ships as the cause to freeze time, to create a 3-D model from this situation which I can observe from all perspectives. In this kind of model space I now step into each character's role and try to let him or her think and act on the basis of their individual biographies."
Novelist, script writer and film producer Merle Kröger lives in Berlin, Germany. She produces art films and documentaries for international arthouse cinema. She also writes scripts for independent cinema in India. Since 2003, Kröger has published four novels, which combine documentary research, personal history and political analysis with elements of crime literature. For "Grenzfall" (2012) and "Havarie" (2015), she received the German Crime Novel Award. "Collision" will be published in the US in September 2017.
COLLISION - The Film
On September 14, 2012 at 2:56 p.m., the cruise liner „Adventure of the Seas” reports to the Spanish Maritime Rescue Centre the sighting of a dinghy adrift with 13 persons on board. From a YouTube clip and biographical scenes evolves a choreography reflecting the past, present and future of the voyagers on the Mediterranean.
Philip Scheffner, born 1966 in Homburg/Saar, lives and works as an artist and filmmaker in Berlin. Together with Merle Kröger, Alex Gerbaulet and Caroline Kirberg he runs the production platform "pong". He took part at the Berlinale Forum with Havarie (2016), And-Ek Ghes… (2016), Revision (2012), Der Tag des Spatzen (2010), The Halfmoon Files (2007).
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