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