DEADWEIGHT (Germany/Finland, 2016, 88′)
Saturday October 7th, 5 p.m – Cinema Massimo, Room 3
Job Film Days will present, in collaboration with National Film Archive of the Resistance and the Franco Antonicelli Cultural Union, the film Deadweight by Axel Koenzen (Germany/Finland, 2016) at Cinema Massimo on Saturday, October 7th, at 5 p.m. A compelling and touching film, analyzing the theme of death at the workplace of a large container ship, following the demise of a crew member. The screening is part of the Rassegna Mare show organized by the Polo del ‘900 and coordinated by the Franco Antonicelli Cultural Union: the sea as a space of transit, attempted or successful, of bodies and goods, and of labor on ships and in ports. The sea as a cue for research and cultural production.
The film will be presented by Sergio Bologna (President of Aiom, Maritime Operators Agency of Trieste). Followed by a Q&A with the director. Moderator: Sergio Bologna.
Direction: Axel Koenzen
Screenplay and dialogues: Axel Koenzen with the collaboration of Horst Markgraf e Boris Doran
Photography: Alexander Gheorghiu
Editing: Benjamin Mirguet
Sound: Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer
Actors: Tommi Korpela, Ema Vetean, Archie Alemania, Manuelito Acido, Frank Lammers, Jeanne Balibar
Production: Rohfilm, Oy Bufo Ab
Ahti Ikonen is the captain of Brugge, a container ship of 35.000 tons arriving at Savannah port. The necessity of shortening the charging procedures causes the death of a crew member and the workers rise up calling for a boycott. The journey resumes but the balances are compromised and the captain has to deal with his own guilt and the difficulty of managing the situation. When the ship arrives at Rotterdam, the unionized dockers refuse to unload the ship and the tension explodes.
Axel Koenzen (Germany) studied photography in New York and worked as freelance photographer and visual researcher for some companies, including Columbia Tristar Los Angeles. He studied film direction attending German Film and Television School of Berlin where he directed some short films. Deadweight is his first feature film. The documentary Patara is from the same year, 2016, directed with Ali Olcay Gözkaya. It is reconstruction of the first federal parliament in the world built in Anatolia, in 50 b.C.
Filmography: Wax and Wane (cm, 1999), Firn (cm, 2006), Drang (film collettivo, ep., doc., 2009), Deadweight (2016), Patara (doc., 2016), Mozambique, Where the Mango Tree Used To Be (cm, doc., 2019).