16.04. ‐ 21.04.2024

Von dem, was bleibt

Johanna Groß, Daniel Hellwig

In 1944, remaining traces of Johanna’s great-grandfather were lost in what is now known as Moldova, where he presumably passed away. The circumstances under which he passed are still unknown to his family. Equipped with her great-grandfather’s letters from the front, Johanna Groß attempts to find out more about her great-grandfather’s fate in her documentary and shows how the loss of a husband, father and grandfather affected the different generations of her family.

Johanna Groß’ moving graduation film was nominated for the Hessischer Filmpreis and celebrates its Rhein-Main premiere with us.

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Direction Johanna Groß, Daniel Hellwig
Country Germany
Year 2023
Duration 86 min
Language German and Russian with German subtitles
Camera Daniel Hellwig
Script Johanna Groß
Editing Johanna Groß, Daniel Hellwig
Sound Magdalena Bernard, Matti Kälke, Harry Besel

About the director

Director and protagonist Johanna Groß studied at Kunsthochschule Kassel. Von dem, was bleibt was nominated for “Best graduation film” at Hessicher Filmpreis and received an honorable mention at the 40th Kasseler Dokfest. The film was produced with the support of Hessen Film & Median, as well as the Hessian Cultural Foundation.

Press Reviews

“Johanna Groß, with immense narrative power and personal bravery, portrays how war trauma can affect generations, and shows that the way to absolution is possible; liberating and painful at the same time.” (Jury statement on the nomination for the Hessischer Filmpreis)

The director about the film

“I was 32-years-old at the time of filming, the same age as my great grandfather when his traces were lost. In a very strange way, I felt like putting an end to this chapter for my family, so a new story could be told; my story, the story of my sisters and the generations that will follow us.” (Johanna Groß in an interview with Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V.)



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