An archaeologist and a weapon designer who have known each other as filmmakers and psychoanalysts in a previous life meet at an archaeological site in the Negev desert and begin a conversation about love and war that they continue in the Israeli city of Be’er Sheva. Then the film continues with a changing cast in changing roles, which leads through the cities of Athens, Berlin, Hong Kong and São Paulo. Enter: an old artist who meets his younger self, a mother who lives with her two adultsons – a priest and a policeman, a Chinese and a Japanese, a curator and a cosmologist. The protagonists’ dialogues deal with social taboos, generation conflicts, war guilt and cosmologies that have become obsolete. The architectures of the five cities serve as a third partner in the dialogue between the protagonists and complete their philosophical and metaphysical journeys.
John Erdman, Jonathan Perel, Young Sun Han, Dorothy Ko, Susanne Sachssehe, Laurean Wagner
70th Berlinale – Encounters