Death on the Streets

  • 87'
  • Germany
  • 2020

His wife Sarah still believes in the American Dream, but for unemployed Kurt the sun-kissed rural Bible Belt is tinged with grey. The fact the whole town knows about their precarious situation doesn’t help his sense of self-worth much. All that well-meaning pity pushes Kurt over the edge. He flees, seeking a means to support his family.

How does someone become homeless? Johan Carlsen (director and script) and Micah Magee (script and production), who met at film school in Berlin, were inspired by the stories of homeless people in Atlantic City. The filmmakers capture Kurt’s existential journey through America’s underbelly in a series of small, personal scenes and majestic landscapes, resulting in a film with a European perspective. It provides rare insight into the world of the blue-collar unemployed who are all too often viewed as white trash.

Director
Johan Carlsen
Premiere
International premiere
Countries of production
Germany, Denmark, Greece
Year
2020
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
87'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Micah Magee, Deepak Rauniyar, Jean McManus, Michael Kaczmarek, Haris Raftogiannis
Production Company
Makrorama
Sales
Makrorama
Screenplay
Johan Carlsen, Micah Magee
Cinematography
Eric Ferranti, Jide Tom Akinleminu
Editor
Chris Wright
Sound Design
Rui Silva
Music
Sam Payne, Morgan Orion
Cast
Zack Mulligan, Katie Folger
Website
http://makrorama.com/