IN THE PRESENCE OF THE DIRECTOR
Director: Fabian Schmalenbach
Documentary, Germany 2021, 118 min.
The community that has come together on an idyllic estate near Marburg may well be described as extraordinary. All members share a history of experiences of violence, drugs, and addiction. Yet here at Hof Fleckenbühl, they are all starting a new life – without professional therapeutic help, but with strict rules and mutual supervision. Neither personal belongings nor contact with the outside world are allowed during the first months. For some, the strict regulations are a lifeline to help them find their way out of addiction. For others, the restrictions on freedom repeatedly lead to conflicts and escape fantasies. For his film, Kassel-based documentary filmmaker Fabian Schmalenbach accompanied several people from Hof Fleckenbühl with a camera for over a year and lets the audience participate in this extraordinary project.
|Camera||Moritz Mössinger, Fabian Schmalenbach|
|Sound Design||Anders Wasserfall|
|Production||Matthias Greving, Frauke Lodder|
Über den Regisseur
Director Fabian Schmalenbach was born in Marburg in 1982 and studied film at the Kunsthochschule Kassel, majoring in directing and screenwriting. Since 2012, he has been working as a freelance producer, director, and screenwriter. For Gemeinsam nüchtern, he accompanied the people from Hof Fleckenbühl with his camera for over a year.