KRÄHEN SCHIESSEN / SHOOTING CROWS

(DOC. 20 MIN. 2018)

 

Ein Park im Nebel. Krähen flattern und krächzen am Himmel.

Es geschehen rätselhafte Dinge, Schüsse fallen. Was geschieht wirklich?

Kann der Mensch seiner Wahrnehmung überhaupt trauen?

 

A park in the fog. Crows flap and caw in the sky.

Mysterious things are happening. Shots ring out. What is actually going on?

Can we humans really trust our own perceptions?

 

 
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SYNOPSIS

A park in the fog. Crows flap and caw in the sky. A homeless man sleeps between the trees. A woman disappears. Now and then a crow is shot: as a deterrent. The crows rally after every shot. The police gather evidence. Reality and imagination become blurred. Fine cracks pervade everyday perceptions. Gradually we begin to suspect a new and unsettling reality behind the tangible world.

 
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DIRECTOR'S COMMENT

I used to walk through the nearby park every day on my way through the city. There were usually a few crows sitting in the trees. One morning, they were making an extraordinary noise and there was a huge swarm of them above, with more and more birds joining them all the time. There was a real sense of unease among the people in the park. Nobody knew what was going on. “Just don’t think about The Birds” is what went through my head. The doors to the daycare centre where I was taking my daughter closed faster than usual behind us. A short time later I walked the same route back. The crows had disappeared, apart from a single one, sitting in a tree. I wondered what had happened. Had there really been so many crows, or had I only imagined that the flock was getting larger?

I went investigating, and found out that, now and again, a crow will be shot within the park – to frighten them off, so that they keep their distance and don’t scare people. Strangely, the crows gather in the sky after every shot, circling and cawing. I spent a great deal of time with them. They are shy animals that have to be introduced carefully to the camera. In the course of my work I got to know the farther reaches of the park, including the people who linger there, and so have a different view than the ordinary visitor. In addition to the crows and the people, my attention was caught by the little everyday irritations – things, events and sayings – that we notice but immediately ignore. I thought of them as tiny cracks, allowing a different reality to shine through – as though, in the atmosphere of the park, they allow the imaginary realm of our thoughts, feelings and fears to become perceptible and real.

When editing the film, what I had observed in the park gradually began to take shape as a story – a potential story, in which the real and the imaginary become increasingly blurred. It became a kind of science fiction, cut from the everyday. In it, the crows serve as transitional figures in the human perception. They have many connotations in myths, sagas, legends, films and poetry, and are key in the film to our fragile relationship with reality. The film tells of the peripheries of human certainty, and the ever-shifting boundaries of perception.

 
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Crew

CAMERA Tom Gibbons, Tobias Dengler, Christine Hürzeler

EDITING Jann Anderegg, Christine Hürzeler

SOUNDDESIGN & MIX Jonathan Schorr

ADDITIONALFOLEYS Peter Bräker

MUSIC John Gürtler

VIOLA Shasta Ellenbogen

SONG & VOICE Ingrid Lukas

NARRATOR Philippe Graff

COMPOSITING / VFX Carmen Büchner / Cinnamon: Vadim Konov, Alex Prihodko, Julia Dychenko, Mykhailo Yefimenko

GRADING Jürgen Kupka

TITLE Roman Kälin

POSTPRODUCTION SUPERVISION Simon Gutknecht, Rebecca Siegfried, Norbert Kottmann

GRAPHICS Gerhard Blättler

TRAILER Annette Brütsch

ACCOUNTING Hansjörg Bachmann

PRODUCTION chfilm

WRITTEN & DIRECTED Christine Hürzeler

 

FINANCIALLY SUPPORTED BY

Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK)     Zürcher Filmstiftung     Lotteriefonds Kanton Solothurn     Ernst Göhner Stiftung