THF : Central Airport

Karim Aïnouz

Germany, France, Brazil201897 MinArabic, German, English, Russian

Subtitles: NL, EN, FR, IT, PL, RO, HU, ES

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Once a pillar of Hitler's rearmament program, Berlin’s defunct Tempelhof Airport is now used as an emergency shelter for asylum seekers. We see its massive hangars, like mini cities, in this first documentary film by talented Berlinbased Brazilian director Karim Aïnouz. Aïnouz effectively captures the unique topography and architecture of Tempelhof Airport as he offers a fresh take on the refugee crisis.

- Olivier Père, Director of ARTE France Cinéma -

THF : Central Airport

(Zentralflughafen THF)

Berlin's historic defunct Tempelhof Airport remains a place of arrivals and departures as it has become an emergency shelters for asylum seekers. Among them, 18-year-old Syrian student Ibrahim and Iraqi physiotherapist Qutaiba try to cope with homesickness and the anxiety of whether they will gain residency or be deported.

  • Berlinale 2018 - Amnesty International Film Prize
  • Cinéma du réel 2018 - Compétition Internationale
  • Production:  Lupa Film GmbH, Les Films d'ici, Mar Filmes , Cinema Inflamavel, Canal Brasil
  • International Sales:  Luxbox

The Berlin-based director combines his superb compositional eye with an empathetic glimpse of the lives of a few people living and working in the center.

- Variety -

Karim Aïnouz

Karim Aïnouz is a film director and visual artist. Aïnouz ́s feature debut, MADAME SATÃ, premiered in 2002 at the Cannes Film Festival, within the Un Certain Regard selection. His short films and installations have been shown at numerous venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial and Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin.

I was intrigued not so much with the place as a striking piece of fascist architecture, but rather with how it was reinvented: A place originally created to store and fix military planes suddenly had a life as something else.