A DONKEY CALLED GERONIMO
Arjun Talwar, Bigna Tomschin | Denmark, Germany 2018 | 80 Min. | OmeU
A group of idealistic seamen had built their own utopian realm on a picturesque island surrounded by the Baltic Sea. But the attempt to flee from societies’ constraints failed and the group was washed up to the nearest port with no chance of turning back. Something went wrong in their self-created world, something they cannot grasp.
A Donkey Called Geronimo is the filmic approach to capture the lost hopes and dreams of these tenacious islanders who found themselves back in a society they never wanted to participate with and who seem to be trapped by their own nostalgia.
Directors: Arjun Talwar, Bigna Tomschin
Camera and Sound: Arjun Talwar, Bigna Tomschin, Leon Daniel
Editing: Bigna Tomschin
Producer: Arjun Talwar, Bigna Tomschin, Lo-Fi Films
TRT Documentary Awards 2019, Istanbul – International Panorama; Filmfest Schleswig-Holstein 2019, Kiel, Germany – In Competition; Ischia Documentary Film Festival 2019, Ischia, Italy – Documentary; Competition Ierapetra Documentary Film Festival, Crete, Greece – In Competition; Apricot Tree; Documentary Film Festival, Yerevan, Armenia -In Competition; Bergen International Film Festival, Bergen, Norway – Panorama; Husumer Filmtage, Husum, Germany – Official Selection; Close-Up Edinburgh Docufest, Edinburgh, UK – Finalist; Territorium Filmfestival, Kaliningrad, Russia – Official Selection; Ceme DOC Festival about Migration and Exile, Mexico City, Mexico – In Competition Festival; Cinemistica, Granada, Spain – In Competition; Dokumenter Film Festival, Yogjakarta, Indonesia – In Competition; Arctic Open, Arkhangelsk, Russia – Documentary Competition; Iran Documentary Film; Festival, Cinema Vérité, Teheran, Iran – Special Screenings Dhaka International Film Festival; Dhaka, Bangladesh – Documentary Competition Solothurner Filmtage, Solothurn, Switzerland – Panorama; Norddeutsche Filmtage Rendsburg, Germany -Official Selection
Biography Arjun Talwar
Arjun Talwar was born in 1984 and grew up in Bombay. He left India to study Mathematics at Stanford University and later worked as mathematician, cartoonist and journalist before joining the cinematography department of the Polish Film School in Lodz. His documentaries «WHERE I CAN’T BE FOUND» and «HABITAT» both premiered at Vision du Réel in Nyon, and were acclaimed internationally. He currently lives in Germany.
Biography Bigna Tomschin
Bigna Tomschin is an editor and director from Zurich, Switzerland. She studied film at the Zurich Univer- sity of the Arts. She has worked as editor on feature films and documentaries for Cinema and TV (ARTE, SRF). Never having stopped making movies herself, she founded her own production company Lo-Fi Films in 2014. Lo-Fi Films aims to produce truly independent documentary films for cinema with high stylistic value.