DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Postcards from the Verge

Postcards from the Verge

In his postcards from the verge Sebastian Mez translates the inconceivable into an extraordinary and strict composition of delicate nuances. The film approaches a concrete reality that has no more need of the factual because it harshly stands for itself. The wall along the Israeli-Palestinian border is a shiny, unnaturally straight line dividing the wild, speckled and rocky natural landscape, barricades the urban spaces, emphasises the separation through passageways.

The film offers artistic principles of order that are puzzling and – sometimes almost physically tangible – play with the ambivalence of perception. Changing image sizes sometimes suggest the protected, all-seeing view of the lookout, sometimes they relentlessly narrow down the field of vision. A tank is hidden in the expanse of a panorama shot. Miniature-sized people cross the frame in the distance – purposeful, but going where? The fourth of five chapters is entitled “Vivid Memory”. In contrast to the sharp, clear images before and after, superimpositions create surreal landscapes here, smears of movement and series of photos pause on the edge of becoming film, an electronic noise carpet rises in almost symphonic sound. Memory needs a form of haziness to become clear and vibrant.

André Eckardt


Original Title: Postcards from the Verge
Country: Germany
Year: 2017
Language: Arabic, Hebrew
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 72 min.
Format: DCP
Color: B&W
Director: Sebastian Mez
Producer: Sebastian Mez
Cinematographer: Sebastian Mez
Editor: Sebastian Mez
Music: Sebastian Mez, Thomas Köner, John Chantler
Sound: Sebastian Mez
Script: Sebastian Mez

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.