Central Airport THF

Zentralflughafen THF
Director: Karim Aïnouz

Germany, France, Brasil, 2018, documentary, 100 mins., Arabic, German, English, Russian with English and Lithuanian subtitles, N-7

Berlin’s historic defunct Tempelhof Airport remains a place of arrivals and departures. Today its massive hangars are used as one of Germany’s largest emergency shelters for asylum seekers, like 18-year-old Syrian student Ibrahim and Iraqi physiotherapist Qutaiba. As they adjust to a transitory daily life of social services interviews, German lessons and medical exams, they try to cope with homesickness and the anxiety of whether or not they will gain residency or be deported.

About the director

Karim Aïnouz is a film director and visual artist.

Aïnouz’s first feature debut, Madame Satã, premiered in 2002 at the Cannes Film Festival, Un Certain Regard. His following films premiered at the Orizzonti program of Venice Film Festival in 2006 and 2009.

In 2008, Aïnouz directed Alice, an action series for HBO Latin America.

In 2011 he directed the film Sonnenallee for the Sharjah Biennial 10.

His latest experimental documentary piece, Domingo, shot from his encounter with Danish artist Olafur Eliasson during the 17th Videobrasil Festival, had its world premiere at Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival in 2014. Same year his feature Praia do Futuro (Futuro Beach) premiered in Competition of Berlinale while a 3D film project Cathedrals of Culture about the soul of buildings which features Aïnouz as one of the directors and Wim Wenders as executive producer premiered at the Berlinale Special section.

Aïnouz was born and raised in Fortaleza, Brazil, the son of a Brazilian mother and an Algerian father. He currently lives in Berlin.

Section: Wide Angle

Dir. of Photography: Juan Sarmiento G.

Music: Benedikt Schiefer

Producer: Felix von Boehm