Heimat is a Space in Time

  • Verschwinden (Working title)
All titles (3)
Documentary Feature | 2019 | Biography, Docu, Essay | Austria, Germany


Brief synopsis

HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME picks up the biographical pieces of a family torn apart through the end of the 19th and into the 20th century. It is about people who by chance found each other, only then to lose each other. Now it is their descendants, their children and grandchildren who are beginning to disappear.

This is all about speaking and silence. First love and happiness lost. Fathers and mothers, sons and brothers, the affairs, the hurt and the joy in landscapes of transition – each bearing the intertwining, hallmarks of their times. A collage of images, sounds, letters, diaries, notes, voices, fragments of time and space.



Director of photographyPeter Badel
Director of photographyBörres Weiffenbach1 DT für 24h Berlin (Ostkreuz)
Director of photographyStefan Neuberger
DirectorThomas Heise
EditorChris Wright
ProducerJohannes Rosenberger
ProducerConstantin Wulff
ProducerHeino Deckert
Line producerTina Börner
Production managerPrisca Beyer
Post production supervisorRené Frölke
Assistant production managerCarla Zech
ScreenwriterThomas Heise
Production sound mixerJohannes Schmelzer-Ziringer
Sound designerMarkus Krohn
Dialogue editorMarkus Krohn

Distributing companies

Deckert Distribution GmbH [de]Weltvertrieb


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Thomas Heise2019Visions du réel [ch]Meilleur long-métrage - compétition internationaleWinner
Thomas Heise2019Jerusalem Film Festival [il]Chantal Akerman AwardWinner
Chris Wright2020Edimotion Festival [de]Bild-Kunst Schnitt Preis DokumentarfilmNominated
Heino Deckert2020Deutscher Filmpreis [de]Bester DokumentarfilmNominated
Thomas Heise2020Preis der deutschen Filmkritik 2019 [de]Bester DokumentarfilmWinner


2019NetherlandsIDFA Int. Documentary Film Festival AmsterdamSection Masters
2019BrazilSao Paulo International Film FestivalInternational Perspective
2019GermanyInt. Filmfestspiele Berlin (Berlinale)
2019GermanyInt. Fünf Seen FilmfestivalNominiert für den Dokumentarfilmpreis
2019SwitzerlandVisions du réelCompétition internationale
2019CanadaToronto International Film Festival (TIFF)Wavelengths
2019IsraelJerusalem Film Festival


TypeCountryStationDate / TimeComment
First showingGermany3satSaturday, 05/09/2020, 8.15 PM


Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 26/09/2019