Der Mensch ist ein schöner Gedanke. Volkhard Knigge und Buchenwald

It happened and took place right here. Volkhard Knigge and Buchenwald

Historian Volkhard Knigge has been the director of the Buchenwald memorial foundation for the past 20 years. Time and again he reflects upon the meaning and significance of this place of remembrance. The film is, together with Knigge's reflections, an approach to Buchenwald's scene of crime as we perceive it today, based on its emptiness, its aesthetics and its constructional fragments. The architect Karina Loos has described the buildings and facilities of the former concentration camp in terms of their functionality - these texts are read by Corinna Harfouch, and illustrate how "an ordinary place turned into something murderous". (Kasseler DokFest)

Director's Biography
Siegfried Ressel
Born 1958 in Potsdam, Siegfried Ressel has been a film and television author and magazine journalist for over 15 years. He has been working as an author and cameraman. In 2009 he founded a+r production company together with Jens Arndt. He has been shooting documentary features for the TV program 3sat KulturZeit for many years.

Film Selection: Der Mensch ist ein schöner Gedanke. Volkhard Knigge und Buchenwald (It Happened and Took Place and Right Here. Volkhard Knigge and Buchenwald, 2017, doc) — Plessa (2013, doc) — Hilbig. Eine Erinnerung (2011, TV doc) — Kongo Müller. Eine deutsch-deutsche Geschichte (2011, TV doc)
Architektur und Gesellschaft | Architecture and Society 2018
Siegfried Ressel
Germany 2017
85 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Siegfried Ressel
Cinematography Siegfried Ressel, Hannes Richter, Uwe Schult, Alex Rott
Editing Hannes Richter
Sound/Sounddesign Hannes Richter, Lorenz Fischer
With Volkhard Knigge, Yrem Ivanji, Eva Puschtai, Erzähler / Narrator: Corinna Harfouch
Producer(s) Siegfried Ressel
a+r film
Austrian Premiere
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Kasseler DokFest 2017

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere