16mm, HD I 5.1 Surround16:9 I colour I 14’ I 2018
An indeterminate location, summer. The inhabitants of a shared apartment ask themselves where they might live. They imagine countries, communities and places. Time passes and nothing can change that, neither human action nor objects and their states. At some point, they all drift into a deep sleep.
"ADA KALEH is akin to watching a farewell. Named after the former Turkish island and enclave that was submerged in the Danube, its setting, which is surrounded by a city never named, itself resembles some other-worldly realm from the past. It’s impossible not to think of Plato’s cave-dwellers and the shadows of the outside world cast on the walls of the cavern that make up their life. Yet the film consciously unfolds in photography and movement, that is, in space. It’s only interested in a context-giving world as a reflection on glass and rock. There is no judgement, no interpretation, just seeing and collecting. For ADA KALEH is itself a form of cave-dweller. And for that reason, pure cinema." (Birgit Glombitza)
CAST Katja Lell I Chinook Schneider I Eric Bossaller I Lulu MacDonald CONCEPT I DIRECTING I CINEMATOGRAPHY I EDITING Helena Wittmann SOUNDDESIGN Nika Breithaupt SOUNDMIX Roman Vehlken COLOUR GRADING Tim Liebe
SUPPORT FFA German Federal Film Board FESTIVAL PRESENTATION Film Commission Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein