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Zentralflughafen THF

Karim Aïnouz

In America they say being in limbo” and mean a floating state with indeterminate end. 

The Brazilian documentary filmmaker and visual artist Karim Aïnouz talks about this feeling.
The everyday life of the young Syrian Ibrahim ranges somewhere between drifting along and constant heteronomy. He is one of those who were stranded at Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin’s former central airport, and remained longer than previously thought. In 2015, a large refugee camp was erected in the old hangars. Even before, Berlin’s public had begun to take back the abandoned place. Activities like hang-gliding, urban gardening and grilling created a social environment out of which many of the people who are now helping in the camp came. Berlin’s new green refuge now unites very different people in their search for peace and freedom. In Zentralflughafen THF Aïnouz tells their story.

Aïnouz was born in Fortaleza, Brazil in 1966. After studying Architecture at the University of Brasilia and Film Studies at the New York University, Karim Aïnouz took part in the Independent Study Programm of the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1993. He received frequent sponsoring and scholarships, among them the renowned Hubert Bals Fonds (Netherlands), the New York Foundation for the Arts (USA) and the Fundação Itaú Cultural (Brazil). His short film Paixão Nacional (1994) ran, at the festivals of Oberhausen, Rotterdam, Vancouver, Porto and Montreal and more. At the Berlinale 2014, he was represented with Praia de Futuro in the competition und with the communical work Cathedrals of Culture in the Berlinale Special.

Zentralflughafen THF celebrated its International Premiere in early 2018 at the Panorama of the 68th Berlinale.

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Direction Karim Aïnouz
Year D/F/BRA 2018
Duration 97 min
Language English, German, Russian language with German subtitles
Production Felix von Boehm
Camera Juan Sarmiento G.
Music Benedikt Schiefer

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