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Until the Moon is Born in the West

A haunting journey through the shadows of war.
5/5

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Lea Bethke’s experimental peice, ‘Until the Moon is Born in the West’ is an exemplar of cinematic storytelling that transcends the norm. With a deft hand, Bethke guides viewers into the harrowing realities of war, displacement, and the enduring human spirit. From the outset, the film’s evocative imagery, meticulously crafted by cinematographers Jonas Kolahdoozan and Jacob Sauermilch, transports audiences to a world of stark desolation juxtaposed with haunting beauty.

The short tracks the perilous odyssey of a woman escaping conflict for sanctuary in Germany. Amid ruins, the film delves into the resilience of those left to pick up the pieces of war-torn destruction. Through evocative dance and stark visuals, it portrays her fight for survival and the universal yearning for safety, delivering a poignant narrative on human endurance in adversity.

The absence of dialogue serves as a bold narrative choice, replaced instead by the expressive language of dance and a haunting sound design that deepens the emotional resonance of the story. Through these artistic elements, Bethke weaves a tapestry of survival, loss, and the profound sacrifices made in the pursuit of refuge.

‘Until the Moon is Born in the West’ stands as a powerful reminder of the human toll of conflict and displacement, offering a profound meditation on resilience and the universal quest for sanctuary. Bethke’s visionary direction, coupled with the exceptional talent of the cast and crew, culminates in an unforgettable watch that merits the highest praise.

Brief Synopsis

Follows the journey of a person fleeing war and displacement alongside dancers who share similar experiences. Through movement and sound, it portrays the progression from despair in a ravaged home, the overwhelming fear of fleeing by sea, to the eventual arrival in Berlin filled with both desolation and hope.
Until the Moon is Born in the West

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Director(s): Lea Bethke
Writer(s): Lea Bethke
Cast: Ali Enani, Exocé Kasongo, Joana Kern, Joy Alpuerto Ritter, Lujain Mustafa, Marcelo Omine, Moafak Aldoabl, Osman Osman
Producer(s): Jonas Harmsen, Lea Bethke, Maximilian Pauly, Niklas Harmsen, Valentin Mack
Director of Photography: Jacob Sauermilch, Jonas Kolahdoozan
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Runtime: 24 min

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Until the Moon is Born in the West

A haunting journey through the shadows of war.
5/5

Review

Lea Bethke’s experimental peice, ‘Until the Moon is Born in the West’ is an exemplar of cinematic storytelling that transcends the norm. With a deft hand, Bethke guides viewers into the harrowing realities of war, displacement, and the enduring human spirit. From the outset, the film’s evocative imagery, meticulously crafted by cinematographers Jonas Kolahdoozan and Jacob Sauermilch, transports audiences to a world of stark desolation juxtaposed with haunting beauty.

The short tracks the perilous odyssey of a woman escaping conflict for sanctuary in Germany. Amid ruins, the film delves into the resilience of those left to pick up the pieces of war-torn destruction. Through evocative dance and stark visuals, it portrays her fight for survival and the universal yearning for safety, delivering a poignant narrative on human endurance in adversity.

The absence of dialogue serves as a bold narrative choice, replaced instead by the expressive language of dance and a haunting sound design that deepens the emotional resonance of the story. Through these artistic elements, Bethke weaves a tapestry of survival, loss, and the profound sacrifices made in the pursuit of refuge.

‘Until the Moon is Born in the West’ stands as a powerful reminder of the human toll of conflict and displacement, offering a profound meditation on resilience and the universal quest for sanctuary. Bethke’s visionary direction, coupled with the exceptional talent of the cast and crew, culminates in an unforgettable watch that merits the highest praise.

Brief Synopsis

Follows the journey of a person fleeing war and displacement alongside dancers who share similar experiences. Through movement and sound, it portrays the progression from despair in a ravaged home, the overwhelming fear of fleeing by sea, to the eventual arrival in Berlin filled with both desolation and hope.
Until the Moon is Born in the West

Credits

Director(s): Lea Bethke
Writer(s): Lea Bethke
Cast: Ali Enani, Exocé Kasongo, Joana Kern, Joy Alpuerto Ritter, Lujain Mustafa, Marcelo Omine, Moafak Aldoabl, Osman Osman
Producer(s): Jonas Harmsen, Lea Bethke, Maximilian Pauly, Niklas Harmsen, Valentin Mack
Director of Photography: Jacob Sauermilch, Jonas Kolahdoozan
Animation:

Specifications

Country:
Year:
Runtime: 24 min

IMDb Page

Coming Soon

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