The Last Days
Liane Lang’s film The Last Days was filmed in Berlin in late 2012 and completed in London in 2013. It is set in a historic building in Fontanepromenade in Kreuzberg.
The building’s history includes its use as a home for neglected children and as the administrative centre of Jewish forced labour during the Nazi Regime. The latter earned it the local nickname of Schikanepromenade. After the war it was used as a place of worship by the Church of Latter Day Saints and is currently standing empty awaiting re-development. The film is shot entirely in still images, resulting in a stop frame animation and time lapse. The technique adds to the sense of haunting that pervades the film, an eerie trip through a building with many clues to its use but no definitive answers. Whose possessions are mysteriously moving of their own accord? Whose prayer book was left behind, whose songbook? The sense of presence, of something seen from the corner of ones eye remains while the camera travels to the attic, through the church meeting room and into the uncanny gloom of the basement. Faces and figures seem to appear in cracking paint and blind mirrors to a sound-scape merging the present noise of the building and street with elusive sounds and music that may belong to past occupants and distant times. Lang’s film is a visual and emotional parcours through a space of memory and remembrance, conjuring the invisible and the imagined. Supported by Aktives Museum Berlin eV, edited by Jon Klein.
The film is currently on display at the German Historic Museum Berlin until October 2013.
A screening will take place 23 May 2013 at 18.00 at Nachbarschaftshaus Kreuzberg as part of the Memorial Event Fontanepromenade 15 curated by Stella Flatten.