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A Portrait on the Search for Happiness | © MSZ – Production & Consulting
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A Portrait on the Search for Happiness

    All titles (2)
    Documentary | 2019-2020 | Docu, Society | 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 movie90/60min
    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 Szilagy
    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


    Sound (Postproduction)Geräuschfabrik


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


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


    TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
    RepeatGermanyHR [de]Monday, 11/04/2022, 1.15 AM
    First showingGermanySWR [de]Thursday, 14/10/2021, 11.15 PMOpening film (SWR) Young Documentary