Stilleben (Still Life)

Stillleben (Still Life)

by Andres Rump


Still Life is an autobiographical documentary about a life dominated by panic attacks. During a research trip in southern Italy, I suffer a first incidence of panic in a highway tunnel. From then on, panic attacks occur in ever new situations. My everyday life and my activity as a filmmaker, originally associated with extensive travel, become increasingly restricted. I begin to change my life, buy a construction trailer, seek refuge in the countryside in Belgium. The film is a photographic portrait of this other, quiet life and an essayistic reflection on its background. In conversations with a neuroscientist, Holocaust researchers, a Tibetan lama, relatives and friends, I try to understand where my anxiety comes from. Is anxiety hereditary? Is the solution a simple life in nature following the example of people who have deeply impressed me: shepherds and monks in Corsica, Mount Athos, in Syria, in Belgium?


Director: Andres Rump
Screenplay, Camera, Production, Editing: Andres Rump
Sound: Erik Wittbusch, Andres Rump
Text: Tibor Pataky
Dramaturgical advice: Gabriele Voss, Ingo Baltes
Color correction, Finishing: Erik Wittbusch
Sound mixing: Karl Atteln
Production management: Rikko Huhsmann
Music: Neil Ó Lochlainn

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Year: 2023
Duration: 1h 45min
Language: German
Subtitles: English