rats do sleep at night
in postproduction, UHD, Stereo, 1-channel, 2020
My father and my uncle, born in 1939 and 1943, show the toy vehicles that they made by themselves mainly out from waste as war children of the 2nd world war. The construction of small cars, trucks and military vehicles - almost all of them were made after the vehicles that were seen on the streets of West Berlin during and after the war - is explained at a technical level. Experiences on topics such as flight, hunger, death and war - memories associated with each toy vehicle are brought to light. However, it is still difficult today to talk about the partly traumatic experiences and the narrative is bound on to the technical explanations of the individual toy vehicles.
On a black theatre floor the toys are staged by me and thus the experience becomes abstractly visible in the same way as it was replayed over and over again in the childhood of my father and uncle. That brings me, as the next generation, as I appear in the film, also closer to the childhood of my father and uncle. Sceneries in which themes like escape and the old Berlin of the post-war period are suggested, are underlaid with a sound that ranges between historical sounds (e.g. from an old Amicruiser) and original sound (the sound of the linoleum wheels rolling across the theatre floor), such as between play and seriousness. This creates an emotional space for what is so difficult to talk about.
Cast and team:
cast: Christoph Haase, Martin Haase, Binha Haase
concept, directing, stop motion, editing: Binha Haase
sound: Adrian Laugsch, Viktor Petrov
camera: Florian Schurz