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Feature Film
In 1974, a housing estate consisting of nine high-rises was built in the middle of a field on the southern edge of Cologne. Its silhouette, seen from a distance and in the right light, resembles a massive elevation, which soon earned it the name of Kölnberg (Cologne mountain). It also gained a reputation as a deprived area very quickly. People don’t like to talk about Kölnberg, and if they do, it’s usually in lurid headlines. In 2013, 4,100 men, women and children from around 60 nations lived in Kölnberg, the percentage of foreigners was listed as 61.8 %. Statistics are an effective tool and whoever has power over statistical definitions very much shapes our image of reality.   With patience and a lot of time, Filmmakers Robin Humboldt and Laurentia Genske worked their way behind the social stereotypes, headlines and statistics. Their film portrays four people to whom Kölnberg has become a home a long time ago or just recently. They avoid the equally well-meaning and condescending perspective of social services and try to realise a respectful, participatory encounter with the protagonists, who are both extraordinary and extraordinarily diverse in their respective “normalities”.

- Ralph Eue, Dok Leipzig 2014


Germany 2014 / 88 Min / HD

Direction and Script: Laurentia Genske, Robin Humboldt
Cinematography: Laurentia Genske, Robin Humboldt, Johannes Waltermann
Editing: Carina Mergens
Sounddesign, Soundmix: Robert Keilbar
Colour Correction: Fabiana Cardala
Production Company: Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln
Theatrical Distribution: Real Fiction Filmverleih

Official Website: www.amkoelnberg.de
Theatrical Release: 12.03.2015
DVD Release: 15.01.2016
TV Emission SWR: 06.09.2017 at 11:45 p.m.
TV Emission Phoenix: 13.01.2018 at 22:30 p.m. / 19.01.2018 at 03:00 p.m. / 13.02.2018 at 00:15 p.m.
TV Emission 3sat: 23.04.2018 at 22:25 p.m.



Festivals / Awards

2017 - Meduc Award
2016 - Oaxaca Filmfest Mexico
2016 - International Film Festival Cinematik Piestany
2016 - dpa news talents / Development Grant
2016 - Deutsche Filmwoche Mexiko, Goethe Institut
2016 - Lola at Berlinale / Preselection Deutscher Filmpreis
2015 - blicke filmfestival des Ruhrgebiets
2015 - Kasseler Dokfest
2015 - FILMZ Festival des Deutschen Kinos Mainz
2015 - Wilde Möhre Festival Brandenburg
2015 - Docfest Maastricht
2015 - Dokumentarfilmwoche in Kreuzberg
2015 - Turtle Filmfest Hólmavík
2015 - Krakow Film Festival
2015 – Filmplus / Bild-Kunst Schnittpreis Dokumentarfilm
2015 - Bonner Dokumentarfilmwoche
2015 - Dokka Dokumentarfilmfestival Karlsruhe
2015 - Neisse Filmfestival
2015 - Sehsüchte Potsdam-Babelsberg
2015 - Nomination for the First Steps Award
2015 - Wroc FF Miastomovie Polen
2015 - Nonfiktionale Bad Aibling / Award of the City Bad-Aibling
2015 - Stranger than Fiction Köln
2015 - Max Ophüls Preis Saarbrücken
2015 - FBW, Prädikat „Besonders Wertvoll“
2015 - German Documentary Film Award / Development Award
2014 - Dok Leipzig, German Competition / Honorary Mention