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Author
Merle Kröger is a novelist, script writer, and film producer living in Berlin, Germany. She produces art films and documentaries for international arthouse cinema. She also writes scripts for independent cinema in India. Since 2003, Kröger has published four novels, which combine documentary research, personal history, and political analysis with elements of crime literature. For Grenzfall (2012) and Havarie (Collision) (2015), she received the German Crime Novel Award. Collision will be published in November 2017 by Unnamed Press.
Filmmaker
Philip Scheffner, born 1966 in Homburg/Saar, lives and works as an artist and filmmaker in Berlin. Together with Merle Kröger, Alex Gerbaulet and Caroline Kirberg he runs the production platform pong. He took part in the Berlinale Forum with Havarie (2016), And-Ek Ghes… (2016), Revision (2012), Der Tag des Spatzen (2010), and The Halfmoon Files (2007).
October 13, 2017 | 6:00pm - 8:30pm

The European Refugee Crisis: Havarie/Collision and the Art of Slow Cinema

Alamo Drafthouse at the New Mission | 2550 Mission Street | San Francisco, California

6-7:30 pm Screening of German “slow-cinema” film Havarie

7:30-8:30 pm Conversation about the film, with director Philip Scheffner and adaptation author Merle Kröger

Inspired by a short cellphone video of a raft of refugees, shot by a tourist from the deck of a cruise ship, Merle Kröger and Philip Scheffner created both a feature film and a novel, Havarie (Collision). Scheffner’s film loops the original clip into a haunting 90-minute “slow cinema” hallucination and meditation on the nature of refugees, while Kröger’s book unspools a crime story from the same collection of characters. Kröger reads from her book, followed by a screening of Havarie, and then an onstage discussion with both Kröger and Scheffner.

 

Part of Litquake’s Words Around the World series.


Collision – The Book
The research for the film Havarie was starting point and inspiration for the novel of the same title, written by Merle Kröger, and translated from the German by Rachel Hildebrandt and Alexandra Roesch as Collision (Unnamed Press November 2017). The book received the Radio Bremen Crime Novel Award 2015 and the German Crime Novel Award 2016. According to Kröger, “Reality is much more dramatic, violent and incomprehensible than fiction. I decided to take the encounter between the ships as the cause to freeze time, to create a 3-D model from this situation which I can observe from all perspectives. In this kind of model space I now step into each character’s role and try to let him or her think and act on the basis of their individual biographies.”

Havarie – The Film
On September 14, 2012 at 2:56pm, the cruise liner “Adventure of the Seas” reports to the Spanish Maritime Rescue Centre the sighting of a dinghy adrift with 13 persons on board. From a YouTube clip and biographical scenes evolves a choreography reflecting the past, present and future of the voyagers on the Mediterranean.
Director: Philip Scheffner, Color, 97 minutes, 2015/16, Germany

Contact:
Leslie-Ann Woofter
415.512.8812
Author
Merle Kröger is a novelist, script writer, and film producer living in Berlin, Germany. She produces art films and documentaries for international arthouse cinema. She also writes scripts for independent cinema in India. Since 2003, Kröger has published four novels, which combine documentary research, personal history, and political analysis with elements of crime literature. For Grenzfall (2012) and Havarie (Collision) (2015), she received the German Crime Novel Award. Collision will be published in November 2017 by Unnamed Press.
Filmmaker
Philip Scheffner, born 1966 in Homburg/Saar, lives and works as an artist and filmmaker in Berlin. Together with Merle Kröger, Alex Gerbaulet and Caroline Kirberg he runs the production platform pong. He took part in the Berlinale Forum with Havarie (2016), And-Ek Ghes… (2016), Revision (2012), Der Tag des Spatzen (2010), and The Halfmoon Files (2007).