Production Design: Susanne Dieringer
Light Design: Heiko Grund
Costume design: Dorota Budna
Voice Over: Sandra Borgmann
Make Up Artists: Adella Selzer, Julia Böhm, Nicole Krämer
Sound Design: Thomas Wallmann
Animation Design: Jonas dahl
score: Kamran Sadeghi
Country of production: germany
Funder: Medienboard berlin-Brandenburg, kulturstiftung des freistaates sachsen
Co-Producer: Arte / RBB, blackboardfilms, papermoon films, kow, berlin biennale
Project Website: www.aboutnow.info
AGAIN – Noch einmal
Wolrd Premiere: 50.VIsions du reel 2019
International medium length competition
Length: 39 Minutes
Executive Producer /Director: Mario Pfeifer
Cast: Dennenesch Zoudé, mark Waschke, Dilan B.
Screenplay: Lillian von Keudell, Mario Pfeifer
Executive Producer RBB: Rainer Baumert
Commissioning editor RBB: Dagmar Mielke
Co-Producer: Oliver Thau
Director of Photography: Stephan Burchardt
Montage: Mario Pfeifer / Alexander koch
His name was Schabas Saleh Al-Aziz. He came from Iraq where his family had remained. He was 21 years old. He suffered from epilepsy and mental disorders and he was found frozen to death in a forest in former East Germany. Some time before his death, he had been the subject of an intense debate when, during a violent incident in a supermarket, he had found himself tied to a tree by four men—heroes to some, self-appointed vigilantes fuelled by racism to others. This is the event that Mario Pfeifer proposes to re-enact in a studio, down to the smallest detail. Applying the codes of the TV talk-show, action films or even legal staging, he lets everyone speak, using film as the means to hold a trial that never took place, since the judge handling the case refused to investigate it. A jury needed to be composed—ten men and women with only one thing in common; they too left their country to settle in Germany. An essential, contemporary film of unrelenting precision.
– Céline Guénot / Visions du Réel
50th Visions du Réel International Film Festival Nzon (CH) / International competition – world premiere
14th Doc Edge auckland (NZ) / International competition – Asia-PAcific Premier
37th asolo art film festival (IT) / International competition – italian Premiere
We would recommend Again/Noch Einmal receive a Special Mention. The film was sophisticated in its structure and ambitious in its realisation. Again was also challenging, taking on a fraught issue preoccupying many communities and countries worldwide, one that is not black and white. In setting up its audiences as active spectators, it eschews simple empathy, rather forcing us to engage with our own ethical and political viewpoints.
For courageously investigating a famous case, deconstructing it, and highlighting the contemporary blurring between civil courage and self-justice.
Mr. Pfeifer bracingly stages an all-strings-attached re-enactment — his fictional version fuses Brechtian alienation techniques with the showmanship of trashy German talk shows — to pick at both the alleged crime and the holes in its media representation.
Forty-two minutes of step-by-step accounting gradually magnify the scale of the injustice. The sincere and moving responses by the jury further underscore the import of the crime.
At the Berlin Biennale, the Art of Saying ‘No’ – New York Times
Jason Farago on the 10. Berlin Biennale, 13.06.2018
The 10th Berlin Biennale – Artforum international
Madeleine Schwartz on the 10. Berlin Biennale, October 2018
Selbstjustiz oder Courage? – taz die tageszeitung
Sarah Alberti über Again / Noch einmal, 10. Berlin Biennale, 08.06.2018
Art does not need another hero – Al Jazeera
M Neelika Jayawardane on the 10. Berlin Biennale, 18.06.2018
Vergaloppiert – Süddeutsche Zeitung
Catrin Lorch über die 10. Berlin Biennale, 08.06.2018
The Revolution Will Not Be Biennalized – Hyperallergic
Dorian Batycka, 01.08.2018
5 Artists You Must Not Miss at the 10th Berlin Biennale – Artnet News
Hili Perlson, 11.06.2018
Two Berlin Filmmakers Reflect on Germany’s Racial Dynamics – Hyperallergic
Adela Yawitz, 03.08.2018
Heroes Need Not Apply: At a Pointed Berlin Biennale, Questions Over What It Means to Be Courageous
Ana Finel Honigman on the 10th Berlin Biennale, Artnews, 28.08.2018
Video installation 'Again' asks troubling questions about Saxony's far right
Pacinthe Mattar, Deutsche Welle, 02.10.2018
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