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Chasing Houses

Justin Time | USA, Germany 2017 | 60 Min. | OmeU

Wednesday, 09.05.2018, 4.30 pm tickets
De France | Saal 1

Q&A with Justin Time


The experimental road movie enters the contradictory space between home and mobility. Through the vastness of the US American West, CHASING HOUSES follows mobile homes on their journey from tear down to set up. A multitude of lifestyles and economic disparities unfolds in the fragmented encounters along the road: A real estate agent recounts her days as a Las Vegas showgirl, a haulier and Tea Party supporter explains capitalism, a desert recluse prefers his trailer to life in the city, and snowbird tourists take an extended vacation. Against the movie-like backdrop of Monument Valley, a Native American couple describes real-life conditions on the reservation. Chasing Houses is a searching journey, an approach to a social fabric and to a mindset in all its ambivalence. It delivers on some of the characteristics of the road movie genre and challenges others. There is landscape, movement and freedom – but also domesticity and big, bulky things that go traveling. The film looks at the things that are taking place on the margins of the hero’s narrative. Chasing Houses makes palpable the charged relationships between hopes and dead-end prospects, and opens up questions of home, belonging, and the actuality of the American Dream.


Justin Time is a stonemason turned visual artist turned filmmaker. His films and media installations examine the seemingly "normal" in the context of space and social dynamics. After the apprenticeship as a stonemason, Justin Time went on a traditional working journey around Europe for three years. He studied Sculpture at the Art School Berlin Weißensee and Urban Studies at the San Francisco Art Institute. Since 2011, Justin Time is a member of the self-organized film school filmArche in Berlin.


  • World Premiere: New York Film Week, New York, USA
    Awards: Best Feature Documentary 


  • DIFF 38th Durban International Film Festival, Durban, South Africa, SZA
  • TIEFF Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival 2017, Taipei, TW
  • 14. Provinziale - Filmfest Eberswalde, D
  • Boddinale, Berlin, D
  • World Film Fest, Tartu, EST
  • Sole Luna Human Rights Film Fest, Milano, IT
  • unDependence, Edinburgh/ Stirling, Scotland, GB