DOK Leipzig Film Festival

After the Future

After the Future

Time, more precisely lifetime, feels strangely out of alignment, breaks out of its order and unravels – that becomes palpable again and again: at home, Ortwin Passon once says, sitting at the counter of a Berlin pub with his beer, he sometimes looks at himself in the mirror and talks to himself – about the future that’s behind him. How does this present day that you thought you’d never see feel? Ortwin is HIV-positive, buried his last boyfriend in 1995 (“nursed to death”, he calls it) and has been working on a thesis on barebacking for a while – the political and penal relevance of unprotected anal intercourse between men in Germany. For Ortwin and many of his friends the issues of freedom and self-determination, of the relationship between sex and the law, of the present and the future, of death and excess are particularly existential.

André Krummel has produced a gentle but unflinching introspection into his protagonist’s emotions, thoughts and life. A touching and lucid film about the miracle of the times that bear life.

Lukas Stern

Honorary Mention German Competition;
Nominated for ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness, DEFA Sponsoring Prize

Original Title: Nach der Zukunft
Country: Germany
Year: 2017
Language: German
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 46 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: André Krummel
Producer: Sigrid Gairing (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg)
Cinematographer: André Krummel
Editor: André Krummel
Music: Tobias Burkardt
Sound: Simon Peter, Erik Lemke
Script: Raphaela te Pass, André Krummel

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