Kurzfilmtournee 2020

The Subject

Germany 2019 • fiction • German • 30 mins
German Short Film Award in Gold for fiction films of mor than 10 up to 30 minutes
director: Hannes Schilling
script: Hannes Schilling, Fentje Hanke
camera: Jakob Reinhardt
sound: Till Aldinger
editor: Paul Gröbel, Hannes Schilling
cast: Domenique Zimmer, Janine Wölke
production: Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF

The unemployed Domenique takes on more and more dangerous tests as a test person in order to finance the common dream of a house in the country with his girlfriend Janine. A struggle for money and pride begins as Domenique's body slowly reaches its limits.

Jury statement:
When a man can no longer find work in the East German province, he decides to finance the building of a house and the upcoming family rebuilding by to finance an unusual move: He is making himself available as a test subject for research into a medical compound. But soon his sold body shows up with side effects and his physical and social existence begins to erode insidiously.
Director Hannes Schilling misses a world in which the traditional role of the man as a provider, house builder and (marriage) partner has gone awry. His manpower is no longer worth anything, his wife is ahead of the pack when it comes to building a house and as an emotional partner in a two-person relationship he literally lacks words. A quiet, deeply impressive film about the identity crisis of the formerly "strong" sex and the fatal silence of simple truths.
Many great films are based on a precise observation of reality. DER PROBAND is one such - a great film.

Hannes Schilling

Hannes Schilling, born 1989 in Erfurt, studied audiovisual media at the Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin from 2009 to 2015. At the same time he produced several documentaries and assisted at the Theater an der Parkaue Berlin. In 2014 he took part in a seminar by Avi Mograbi at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem during a semester abroad. In 2015 he started studying directing at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF.

Filmography:
2018 NACH DEM FEST
2016 GRENZGÄNGER
2015 MISTER JAMES
2015 MEINE GROßELTERN, DIE GEGENWART UND ICH
2013 MEIN GROßVATER WOLFGANG
2012 STILLES ÖRTCHEN