47. Internationales Filmwochenende Würzburg vom 28. Januar bis 3. Februar 2021

Farewell paradise

Regie: Sonja Wyss
Niederlande
Dokumentarfilm | OmeU (Schweizerdeutsch) | 2020 | 97 min | im Wettbewerb

 

Inhalt

Hals über Kopf müssen vier Schwestern und ihre Mutter in den 1960er Jahren den Familienvater und ihre paradiesische Heimat, die freien und wohlhabenden Bahamas, verlassen. Sie gehen zurück in die Schweiz - allerdings passiert alles so überstürzt, dass die Schwestern mangels Haus und Geld auf Pflegefamilien aufgeteilt werden. Was war eigentlich vorgefallen? Und wie verarbeiten sie das? Jede der Schwestern scheint eine ganz eigene Version der Ereignisse zu haben und geht deshalb sehr unterschiedlich damit um. Wie in einem spannenden Krimi wird die Lebensgeschichte dieser Familie nach und nach enträtselt.

 

Storyline

Head over heels, four sisters and their mother have to leave their paradise home in the free and prosperous Bahamas in the 1960s, to grow up in a thrifty and narrow-minded Switzerland. It happens so suddenly that the sisters are divided among foster families for lack of a house and money. What happened here? And how do they process it? Each of the sisters appears to have a very own version of events and therefore deals with them in a unique way. As in an exciting detective mystery, the story of this family's life is gradually unraveled.

 

Über den Film

In intensiven, schonungslos ehrlichen Gesprächen tritt eine ganz unterschiedlich erlebte Familiengeschichte zutage; verschiedene Scherbenhaufen, die die individuellen Biografien beeinflussen.
Dok.fest München, Ysabel Fantou

I asked my family not to talk about the past before filming. Because of this I prevented their perspectives from influencing each other and being less dif-erent. With every family member I went through the same questions chronologically in two days. Unlike in a conversation where everyone wants the other person to understand him or her, in this film I have tried to open myself up as much as possible, without bringing in my own opinion and thoughts. I have given my family every opportunity to tell their story and to look for their underlying motivations and feelings. I did not tell my story until the end of the shooting days, by literally changing roles and answering their questions according to my perspective.
Directors’s statement, Sonja Wyss

Whilst the film is intended to be therapeutic and its happy ending implicit, this work is nonetheless significant for the courageous approach taken by the director towards such personal material; an approach which sidesteps displays of sentimentality and embarrassing showdowns so as to foreground pain in all its dignity.
Cineuropa, Roberto Oggiano

 

 

RegieSonja Wyss
DrehbuchSonja Wyss
KameraStef Tijdink, Reinout Steenhuizen
SchnittKatarina Türler
TonTaco Drijfhout
ProduzentSimone van den Broek, Eline van Wees