Die Andere Seite (Otherside)

Ellie Land

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Die Andere Seite is a response born from Land’s personal recollection of living in divided Berlin in 1986. In 2007, Land interviewed former East and West Germans asking them to recall how they imagined the other side of their city/ country to be, before the fall of the wall. She asked people that had never been to ‘the other side’ Land was particularly interested in using animation and documentary to explore the memories, emotions and historical facts presented. Die Andere Seite is the product of an investigation into the construction of narrative through experimentation with the relationships between sound and image, and the way in which the two mediums interplay to create thematic and dramatic resonance and meaning. The use of 'animatics' was crucial in the development stage, allowing the testing of different methods and modes of marrying and juxtaposing sounds and images. Once the most suitable sequence of sound and image had been found, the images were animated, resulting in a structure that explores and celebrates the interplay between rich and sparse, audio and visual. The aim was to create a film that allows the stories of the German people to be heard on an emotive level. The recollections and feelings providing a valuable record of Germany’s fascinating history. The importance of Die Andere Seite has been confirmed by its extensive showings on the international film festivals and more recently, it was curated for various screenings and exhibitions commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in the year 2009, including a British Council exhibition in Brussels. Interfilm Berlin selected Die Andere Seite to appear on the Kurz in Berlin DVD compilation, a showcase of films about living with the Berlin Wall, available through the Interfilm Berlin shop and Amazon.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOlomouc, Czech Republic
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventPAF 2012 Festival of Animation Film - Olomouc, Czech Republic
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …


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