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KEEPING THEM IN THEIR PLACE

Fiction / Silent film / 70 min / Full HD / Stereo / 2017

The sinfonic orchestra of University of Arts plays Lorin Maazel‘s version of The Ring Without Words, an abridged summary of the musical highlights of Richard Wagner‘s The Ring of the Nibelung. Keeping Them in Their Place tackles racist aspects of Richard Wagner‘s tetralogy, translates them into the current and futuristic context of sexuality, femininity, racism and genetics to critically question future-oriented tendencies of In-Vitro-Fertilisation and prenatal diagnostics.

Currently, the research field of so-called „g-r-i-n technologies“ (Genetics, robotics, information, and nanotechnologies) is increasing rapidly which demands asking ethical questions about the relationship between body, mind, identity and offspring. These technologies are driving humanity forward in the goal of improving the human body. Prenatal Genetics corresponds to calculable „breeding“ of offspring according to plan. Are we in a new age of human blood stock and hygiene?

Keeping Them in Their Place is a feature-length experimental silent film. As a collaborative project, the film was premiered with orchestral accompaniment at the opening ceremony on 05 May 2017 within the framework of the music festival CRESCENDO at UdK concert hall, Hardenbergstrasse.

Produktion title: Keeping Them in Their Place
Genre: Experimental-/ Science-Fiction-/ Music film
Length: 70 minutes
Language: No
Aspect ratio: 1 : 2,6
Resolution: HD color
Producer: Elisa Gómez Alvarez, University of Arts Berlin
Shooting begin: March 2017
Shooting days: 13 days
First release: Screening „Opening concert Crescendo“ 05.05.2017
Cinematic version: CYTOLOVE – work in progress (2019)
Shooting locations: Green screen studio, Malzfabrik, NH Collection Berlin

Starring: Elena Gomez Alvarez, Frederik von Lüttichau, Wiebke Wackermann
Written by Elisa Gomez Alvarez, Catalina Gomez Alvarez, Büke Schwarz
Associate Producer: Büke Schwarz
Director: Elisa Gómez Alvarez
Director of Photography: Paul Nungeßer
Art Director: Catalina Gómez Alvarez
Costume Designer & Make-Up Artist: Nadine Bakota
Visual Effects Supervisor: Timo Kreitz
Editors: Elisa Gómez Alvarez, Tom Siegert
Casting Director: Büke Schwarz
Kryobank Staff: Sinha Melina Gierke, Kludi Marohn, Nadine Bakota, Catalina Gómez Alvarez, Catharina Sonnenberg, Ena Kamenkovic, Heiner Radau, Yusuke Yamasaki, Luisa Celine Gaffron, Esther Hilsemer, Dovile Aleksaite, Lodi Doumit
Woman in Red: Nadine Bakota