Zentralflughafen THF

Central Airport THF

Karim Aïnouz achieves the perfect balance between people and locale in Central Airport THF, a rare observational documentary that recognizes the beauty of spatial forms without forgetting the individuals. Struck by the irony that Berlin’s former Tempelhof Airport, a place of transit amplified by Nazi dreams of grandeur, is now used as a refugee center, the director combines his superb compositional eye with an empathetic glimpse of the lives of a few people living and working in the center. Aïnouz ensures that the men and women who appear on-screen have a humanity to counter the numbing statistics accompanying discussions of refugees. (Jay Weissberg, Variety)

Director's Biography
Karim Aïnouz
Born in Fortaleza, Brazil in 1966, he studied architecture in Brasilia and film at New York University. He was assistant director to Todd Haynes, worked on over 20 films as an editor and has been directing his own films since 1992. In 2014 his film “Praia do Futuro” screened in the Berlinale Competition, and he was one of the directors of Cathedrals of Culture (also 2014).

Films Selection: Zentralflughafen THF (Central Airport THF, 2018, doc) — Praia do Futuro (Futuro Beach, 2014, short) — Kathedralen der Kultur (Cathedrals of Culture, 2014, co-direction, doc) — Sunny Lane (2011, short doc) — Viajo Porque Preciso, Volto Porque te Amo (I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You, 2009) — O Céu de Suely (Suely in the Sky, 2006) 
Competition Documentary 2018
Karim Aïnouz
Germany / France / Brazil 2018
97 minutes
Arabic / English / German / Russian
OV with English subtitles
Cinematography Juan Sarmiento G.
Editing Felix von Boehm
Sound/Sounddesign Moritz Springer
Music Benedikt Schiefer
Producer(s) Felix von Boehm
Lupa Film, Les Films d’Ici, Mar Filmes, Canal Brazil, Cinema Inflamavel
Austrian Premiere
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Berlinale 2018

Premierenstatus / Premier Status
Austrian Premiere