Wo der Wind so kalt weht

Germany 2013, Documentary, 80’ | Director, Screenplay, DoP, Sound Janina Jung | Editor Quimu Casalprim i Suárez | Soundtrack Paul Eisenach | Production COIN Film, Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln | Contact Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln

For this, her graduation piece, Janina Jung returned once again to the people of her home village – Emmerichenhain. Her theme is an amalgam of home, strangeness and alienation. »In the lovely Westerwald, where the wind blows so cold,« the Westerwalders like to sing. But things such as »heimat« are not always so straightforward in Germany. Ms Jung puts the same questions to all the villagers: young and old, newcomers and long-term residents, Germans and migrants, questions concerning the village community and how it is changing, nature, landscape, money, jobs, love and marriage, language, tradition and faith. And thus, with the aid of intelligent montage techniques, an inventory of provincial German life in 2013 gradually emerges. Full of funny as well as bitter moments, all underlined by that leitmotif of the strange, the film reminds us of just how problematic it is: home.

In Cooperation with COIN Film and KHM Köln.

Janina Jung was born 1977 in Dillenburg, Hesse. She completed her post-graduate studies at the Cologne Academy of Media Arts between 2010 and 2013. In 2012, at the Documentary Film Festival in Leipzig, her work Bouchbennersch Otto won the Golden Dove for Best Short Documentary.

Janina Jung