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Not to Go and Not to Stay

"Not to Go and Not to Stay" is a short film about an inner conflict of enforced voyage or migration, about the contradictory wish to stay at place and leave it at the same time. The film is based on a dream noted by Franz Kafka who describes travellers carrying their clothes to their suitcases for packing. Surprisingly the voyagers don’t do this privately at home but in the public at a railway station in Prague. In the film these sequences are framed by the image of a flag pole at night and a coastal observation tower at the port of Cuxhaven. From here, at the times of Franz Kafka, millions of voyagers and migrants started their passage to America.

Length: 5:00 min.
Format: 16 mm
Colour + black & white
Ratio: 1.37:1
Sound: optical mono
Language: German

Country/ Year
Germany/ Czech Republic 2005

Andreas Wutz

Director: Andreas Wutz
Script, photography, editing, sounddesign: Andreas Wutz
Performers: Martin Blažíček, Ludmila Chábová, Tomás Creus, Petra Dvořáková, Dana Recmanová, Patricia Woltmann
Sound footage: radio weather forcast for shipping

Digital formats: Doc Alliance Films, Prague (www.dafilms.com)