Unter Menschen

Unter Menschen

Deutschland / Österreich 2012/2013, Dokumentarfilm

Inhalt

Redemption Impossible

Picture a life in a box measuring just six square metres, without daylight or contact to fellow members of the species. For years forty chimpanzees from Sierra Leone were used illegally in experiments aimed at developing Aids and hepatitis vaccines. After fifteen years, the Austrian pharmaceutical company Immuno abandon these tests as inconclusive, and a resocialisation project for these infected primates begins.

The traumatised chimps are brought to a safari park near Vienna. Their female keepers know the animals from their time at the lab and have formed an emotional bond with them, which means they too were, in a way, imprisoned. Now they have to help these chimpanzees start a new life. In a belated attempt at reparation, the keepers try to teach the animals how to live in a community and become attuned to nature once more.

Christian Rost and Claus Strigel's film documents the decades-long dispute over these animals, looks at the complex relationship between humans and apes, and observes the meticulous planning involved in preparing the chimps for life in a group out in the open. The filmmakers also find striking images for the commercial branding of the chimps as safari park animals.

Source: 63. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

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Director:Christian Rost, Claus Strigel
Screenplay:Christian Rost (Konzept)
Director of photography:Waldemar Hauschild
Colour grading:Jürgen Pertack
Visual effects:Marcus Gruber
Editing:Julia Furch
Sound design:Wolfgang M. Neumann
Sound:Marcus Gruber
Foley artist:Otger Kunert
Music:Wolfgang M. Neumann
Participation:Dr. Jane Goodall
Production company:DENKmal-Filmgesellschaft mbH (München)
in co-production with:Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) (Köln), ORF Enterprise GmbH & Co KG (Wien)
Producer:Claus Strigel
Producer (TV):Jutta Krug (WDR), Franz Grabner (ORF), Christian Riehs (ORF)
Unit production manager:Jennifer Dietz
Shoot:: Österreich
Original distributor:missingFILMs (Berlin)
Funding:FilmFernsehFonds Bayern GmbH (FFFB) (München), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), german films (München)
Length:95 min
Format:HD, 16:9
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SRD
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 20.12.2012, 136555, ab 6 Jahre/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 14.02.2013, Berlin, IFF - Berlinale Special;
Kinostart (DE): 21.03.2013

Titles

Originaltitel (DE AT) Unter Menschen
Weiterer Titel (DE AT) Redemption Impossible

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Length:95 min
Format:HD, 16:9
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby SRD
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 20.12.2012, 136555, ab 6 Jahre/feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 14.02.2013, Berlin, IFF - Berlinale Special;
Kinostart (DE): 21.03.2013
 

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