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Postcards from the Verge
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Postcards from the Verge

Sebastian Mez

2017 / Germany / 72 min

i Thursday 30 March 18H50 Cinéma 1
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Original Version Subtitled in French and English + DEBATE

i Friday 31 March 17H10 Luminor
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Original Version Subtitled in French and English

i Saturday 01 April 16H20 Cinéma 2
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Original Version Subtitled in French and English + DEBATE

In Israel for the first time, Sebastian Mez decided to stay there for a few weeks instead of the four days initially planned as the landscapes evoked so many stories for him, encouraging him to film. Although the title describes the five chapters of the film as postcards, they are anything but chromos: after the orange glow of the prologue comes a highly subtle black-and-white. The photographic splendour of the first segment, “Beyond the Mountains”, is soon transformed, as if loaded, by the massive presence of a tank. In “Enter”, the second chapter, the Wall enters the frame as the film draws nearer to Jerusalem. Strung between a majestic landscape of wide-angle static shots and the impurity of varied formats and a composite universe of sound, Postcards from the Verge increasingly integrates into its form the omnipresent divide: first with the story of a young Palestinian who was noticed for his frequent crossings at the checkpoints and asked by the Israelis to become an informer. Then by a detail – the cartridge cases stuck into the fence on a piece of land where Palestinian schoolchildren play. To finish, the cinematic frame itself becomes split in this sensory yet abstract study of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Charlotte Garson)

Production / Print source: Sebastian Mez

Sebastian Mez lives and works in Berlin. He is also video- and sound-artist. His short film Clean Up was screened at more than forty international film festivals. Metamorphosen, his first feature, premiered at the Berlinale in 2013.