Programmed by Luc-Carolin Ziemann
We travel on a river meandering through an apocalyptic scenery. A stream of thoughts carries us away into a vortex of accusation, damnation and self-condemnation. We take a short exit – into a reality. The gaze widens for a moment. But our captain frantically navigates us towards a fatal ending.
Based on Joseph Conrad’s incredibly prophetic novella, "Heart of Darkness", director Ascan Breuer takes us on a nightmarish journey into the depths of the globalised world. Conrad describes a journey through Africa at the end of the 19th century as a voyage into the terrible depths of the storyteller's own western soul. His text is set to images that plunge the viewer into the horrific realities that capitalism and globalisation have created in the global south. An intense, unsettling soundscape draws the viewer almost hypnotically under its spell. With this film, Ascan Breuer asks the “outmoded” question of why some have so much and others so little; the question of justice –a question that still needs an answer today.
“The conquest of the earth (…) is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much.” Joseph Conrad
Curator, author and film educator