Der Fluss war einst ein Mensch

  • 83'
  • Germany
  • 2011
In his feature debut, the young German Jan Zabeil follows in the footsteps of Werner Herzog. He travels with a tiny crew - an actor, a cameraman and a sound man - to Africa in order to seek adventure in the wilderness. His film is half documentary, half staged and largely improvised. Real and imagined events intertwine, and the result is like a nightmare about alienation and disorientation.
A white young man, played by Alexander Fehling, slowly loses any sense of logic. He is a guest in Africa in the territory of all kinds of animals and can be consumed at any moment. When the old fisherman who takes him upstream disappears without trace, he is left on his own.
A confrontation with his own fears and observations follows. But what exactly goes on inside him remains a closed book. Zabeil leaves most questions unanswered. A hellish journey through darkest Africa - without the exoticism being exploited.

Director
Jan Zabeil
Country of production
Germany
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
83'
Medium
35mm
International title
The River Used to Be a Man
Language
English
Producer
Benny Drechsel
Production Company
Rohfilm Factory
Sales
Rohfilm Factory
Screenplay
Jan Zabeil, Alexander Fehling
Cinematography
Jakub Bejnarowicz
Editor
Florian Miosge
Sound Design
Uwe Bossenz
Cast
Alexander Fehling, Sariqo Sakega
Website
http://www.rohfilm.de