A Portrait on the Search for Happiness | © MSZ – Production & Consulting
© MSZ – Production & Consulting
Documentary | 2019-2020 | Docu | Germany

Shooting data

Start of shooting04/10/2018
End of shooting01/07/2019
LocationsPort Nolloth (Südafrika)
Filming regionsSouth Africa

Project data

Film financing
Length of movie90 Min.
Aspect ratioCinemascope (1 : 2,39)
Sound formatDolby SRD / Dolby digital (5.1, 6 channels)

Brief synopsis

A desert bordered by a deep cold sea. A torn landscape which hides the purest diamonds on earth deep beneath it. Digging for them, with their bare hands day and night, are young men on the frontier of a new diamond rush in South Africa. Hope beckons for the previously drug addicted Vianey who yearns for a better life. Nelson Mandela’s dream urges the homeless cook Patrick on into this new, hopeful future. Only George, the diamond diver, who once was a millionaire, is still hanging on to his memories of a bygone time. Portrait on the Search for Happiness is a poetic journey through the desert, the wind and the sand.


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Vienay [L]Sebastian Kremkow


Director of photographyJohannes Greisle
Arri Alexa Mini / cooke xtal express anamorphic lenses
Arri Alexa Mini / cooke xtal express anamorphic lenses
Eng assistant audio/videoDavid Kalla
DirectorBenjamin Rost
EditorRobin Jünkersfeld
ComposerSamu Csernák
ComposerBenjamin Rost
ComposerPhilip Miller
ProducerMark Szilagyi
ProducerEstella Suplit
ScreenwriterBenjamin Rost
ScreenwriterAngela M. Schlabitz
Sound re-recording mixerVolker Armbruster
Sound editorVolker Armbruster
/ sound designer
/ sound designer
Dialogue editorMoritz Drath
Foley editorMoritz Drath
Foley artistLuis Schöffend


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Benjamin Rost2021DOK.fest München [de]FFF Förderpreis DokumentarfilmNominated


2021PolandCamerimage FestivalDocumentary Features Competition
2021GermanyBiberach Festival
2020GermanyInternationale Hofer Filmtage