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JOMI – lautlos, aber nicht sprachlos
JOMI's Sphere of Action
Before the screening, JOMI takes us into his wondrous world of silence with a sample of his repertoire. Film screening followed by a discussion with the mime JOMI and the director, Sebastian Voltmer.
Lead actor: Josef Michael Kreutzer (JOMI)
Director, camera, editing and music: Sebastian Voltmer
Producer and camera: Manfred Voltmer
Artistic direction and screenplay: Jenny Theobald, Sylvia Methner
Organisation: Jean Braeunig
Photography: Winfried Götzinger
German Sign Language interpretation: Isabelle Ridder
Running time: 105 minutes
Funding: By "Saarland Media"
A LichtenSTERN.Tv production
Michael Jackson, the legendary King of Pop, created his mesmerising "moonwalk". together with Marcel Marceau, the famous French mime. JOMI, one of the most internationally renowned performers with his characteristic use of body language, also learned his craft with Marcel Marceau. Since passing his examination in Paris with honours, JOMI has performed in many countries, and he leads mime workshops. The film "JOMI's Sphere of Action", the latest film by German film-maker Sebastian Voltmer, portrays scenes from the life of JOMI – the perfomer's stage name – and pieces of his stage repertoire. The man behind the stage name is German mime Josef Michael Kreutzer. His range is broad: from serious to cheerful, from bubbly to bold. Josef Michael Kreutzer has been deaf since he contracted meningitis before his first birthday, but no spectator watching JOMI on stage sees him as a person with a disability.
"JOMI's Sphere of Action" shows the fascinating art of facial expressions and body language. A mime of the highest calibre, he is never arrogant. Rather, he is always accessible. Children are filled with wonder when they see JOMI for the first time.
From the start, the documentary was conceived to be easy to understand for deaf and blind people without disrupting the narrative flow. The well-known sign language interpreter Isabelle Ridder interprets the film's soundtrack into German Sign Language for the hearing impaired.
An audio description aims to make the art of mime, which is exclusively visual, just as accessible to blind people. In this regard, this documentary is an important, inclusive contribution to the cinematic landscape.
Before the feature film, there will be a screening of a documentary about Fondation Ecouter pour Mieux s'Entendre (Fondation EME).
The projects carried out thanks to Fondation EME are aimed particularly at people who, for various reasons, are not part of the typical audience for these types of cultural activities, such as children and adults with disabilities or reduced mobility, the elderly, socially disadvantaged people, people experiencing hardship, and marginalised or isolated people. The expertise of Fondation EME board and the quality of the regional and international network the Philharmonie have enabled initiatives aimed at developing tailor-made musical offerings for people in distress.
Stage management: Anne Zohra Berrached
Performers: Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel, Johanna Gastdorf, Emilia Pieske, Maria Dragus
Composer: Jasmin Reuter
Release date: 2016
For ages 12 and up
Language: German with German subtitles and audio description
Running time: 99 Minutes
A deeply moving German drama about a pregnant woman who must make the difficult decision of whether to keep her gravely ill baby. Astrid and Marc are a stable, radiant couple. Astrid is a cabaret performer who loves her job. Her husband and manager Markus encourages and supports her. Their lives turn upside down as they are expecting their second child: during a routine exam they learn that their baby is gravely ill. The diagnosis hits them like a bolt from the blue. They try to somehow accept their fate, but their union will ultimately be put to the test through treatment plans, consultations, etc. The quest to find the best way to deal with their situation casts doubt on everything: their marriage, the desire to have a child, their lives and the plans they had made. The more time passes, the more they realise that they are the only ones who can take a decision about the life or death of their baby.
"24 Wochen" is superbly constructed German cinema: full of life and utterly sincere.
Director Anne Zohra Berrached deftly finds images to illustrate the urgent decision that cannot be explained in words. Through their fantastic performances, actors Julia Jentsch and Bjarne Mädel captivate their audience to share this moving story. It is an emotional film that is about love, but also about great personal frustration.
A side note: the medical characters in the film are not actors but rather actual doctors, nurses, etc., playing themselves.
66th Berlin International Film Festival: Guild Film Prize
13th Neisse Film Festival: Best Production Design
26th Filmkunstfest MV – Mecklenburg and Western Pomerania: Best Directo, best Screenplay, Audience Award)
27th International Film Festival Emden-Norderney – Audience Award for Best Director)
German Film Award 2017: Silver
The post-screening discussions will address the topics of the films. What is the situation for people in Luxembourg affected by these issues? What support is available to them? What challenges do they face? Personal stories, ideas, proposals, etc.