Franziska Pflaum, Film and Media Arts, 2019

*1987, lives in Vienna and Berlin

Franziska Pflaum studied visual arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and film directing at Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, Potsdam-Babelsberg. She has made several documentary and fictional short films, which have been screened at film festivals around the world. She won the German Short Film Award in 2014 and the advancement prize of the Carl Mayer Screenplay Award in 2016. Pflaum received a doctoral scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Start scholarship from the Austrian Federal Chancellery and the Berlin fellowship from the Akademie der Künste, Berlin. Her first feature film Meerjungfrauen weinen nicht is to be made in 2020. She is currently working on two episodes of the TV crime show Tatort and on a series as a screenwriter for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF).

Berlin Fellowship

“Geschichten eines Jungen, einer Frau und eines Soldaten”

Residency Project

Geschichten eines Jungen, einer Frau und eines Soldaten

2019/2020, photographic film

Instead of 25 frames per second, which create the illusion of movement, we see individual photographs: sometimes for longer, sometimes for shorter periods of time, constantly changing their rhythm. The director in the film asks three actors to play their roles and tell the stories of their characters. They
begin to tell these stories in the rooms of the Akademie der Künste in the Hansaviertel district. We travel ‘back in time and delve into their memories. Individual scenes come together to form a narrative that increasingly interweaves the fates of all three protagonists: When Reza’s parents are killed in a bomb explosion, he decides to leave Afghanistan and go to Germany. German soldier Matthias is no longer able to cope in his homeland after his overseas deployment to Afghanistan; his own life has become foreign to him. Stefanie is the caretaker at the Akademie der Künste; she cannot understand why her son became a soldier – she tries in vain to be close to him.


Cast: Reza: Ali Reza Ahmadi; Stefanie: Christina Große; Matthias: Nico Ehrenteit; Regisseurin: Nathalie Seiß; Obdachloser: Mex Schlüpfer

Crew: Concept: Ali Reza Ahmadi, Franziska Pflaum; Script & Director: Franziska Pflaum; DoP: Niki Waltl; Editing: Friederike Hohmuth; Sound Design: Christoph Kozik; Film Score: Jachym Kovar; Gaffer: Gregor Cunningham; Best Girl: Antonia Lange; Lighting Assistant: Leon Vonderau; Sound: Oscar Stiebitz; Sound Assistant: Conny Lewandowsky; Set Design: Rafael Loß; Set Design Assistant: Julia Müller; Costume Designer: Johanna Pflaum; Makeup: Nuria de Lario; Unit & Set Manager: Balthasar Busmann; Set Runner:Catherine Periscal Julien, Noah Göllner; Coordination AdK: Miriam Papastefanou, Luise Pilz; Colour Grading: Perdu Film; VFX: Michael Gülzow; Title Design: Weltraumgrafik; Production: Maximilian Haslberger, Balthasar Busmann

An Amerikafilm, Junge Akademie der Akademie der Künste, Berlin and Franziska Pflaum Production.

Premiere 2.2.2020, opening weekend Where The Story Unfolds, work presentations JUNGE AKADEMIE 2020

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