Schaufensterscheibe eines geschlossenen Ladens


With its image axis repeatedly tilting and tipping out of frame, DEPTH OF FIELD examines three places in the German city of Nuremberg haunted by and struggling against the memory of racist murders committed there by the far-right terrorist group NSU between 2000 and 2005.

The off-screen commentary describes everyday scenes and encounters at the crime scenes on different time levels and interweaves them with condensed fragments of knowledge about the NSU's deeds and the parallel world of murder investigations, which until the NSU's self-disclosure in 2011 was directed exclusively against the murder victims and their families.
The pen becomes a camera, the camera becomes an actor and at the same time a contemporary witness. The filmed crime scenes become points of view on a city whose axis repeatedly tilts out of the frame. In this way, levels of reality are sounded out, irritated and shifted, tracing the shocks of these seemingly unscandalisable attacks by the NSU on the reality of (post-)migrant society.


Script / Direction / Sound / Montage
Alex Gerbaulet & Mareike Bernien

Director of Photography Jenny Lou Ziegel
Narrator Göksen Güntel
Colour Grading / Mastering Sebastian Bodirsky
Voice Recording Domingo Stephan
Sound Mix Mathias Wendt 
Translation Melanie Brazzell
Producers Alex Gerbaulet & Mareike Bernien

Special Thanks to
Vorbereitungsgruppe zum Tribunal NSU-Komplex auflösen und Florian Wüst
Produced by pong film
Commissioned by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin

Alex Gerbaulet | gerbaulet(at)
Mereike Bernien | bernien(at)



  • festivals

    World Premiere: International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2017

    Other Festivals 2017-19 (selection):

    • International Short Film Festival Hamburg
    • Moscow International Experimental Film Festivals / Russia
    • Filmfest Weiterstadt
    • ARKIPEL Jakarta International Documentary and Experimental Film Festival / Indonesia
    • UNDERDOX Festival Munich
    • Belo Horizonte Internatinal Short Film Festival / Brasil
    • interfilm Festival Berlin
    • FILMMAKER Festival Internationale di Cinema Milano
    • transmediale 2018
    • International Short Film Festival Regensburg 2018
    • achtung berlin - new berlin film award
    • VIS – Vienna Shorts Festival
    • EMAF – European Media Art Film Festival Osnabrück
    • International Human Rights Film Festival Nürnberg
    • blicke filmfestival des ruhrgebiets
    • Videonale.17
    • Short Waves Festival Poznań
  • awards

    • 2. Film Award Film/Video by Münzenberg Forum Berlin 2017
    • nominated for the Golden Key  | Documentary and Video Film Fest Kassel 2017
    • Max-Bresele-Memorial-Award of the International Short Film Festival Regensburg 2018
    • Action: Gender Award of the blicke Filmfest Bochum 2018
  • exhibitions & screenings

    • 2024 screening during the dfi-symposium PROZESSIEREN (litigate)
    • since 2021 part of the traveling exhibition OFFENER PROZESS on the internet as well as at a.o. Stadtmuseum Jena, Neue Sächsische Galerie Chemnitz, Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, La Valée Brüssel |
    • 2019 Videonale.17 Bonn
    • 2017 Kunstraum M1 in Hohenlockstedt; Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago | Films by Alex Gerbaulet; Projektraum of Kunstraum Bethanien Berlin | Exhibition: „Sequenzen–Erinnerung –Wechsel – NSU-Komplex kontextualisieren“; SCHAU Raum of Mal Seh'n Cinema Frankfurt
    • 2016 Installation during the festival „Die Ästhetik des Widerstands – Peter Weiss 100“ at HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin
  • context

    Tribunal “Unraveling the NSU Complex" | go to project website

    SPOTS - audiovisual micro-interventions accompanying the TRIBUNAL NSU-Komplex auflösen | go to project website

  • fact sheet

    Country of Production: Germany 
    Year of Production: 2017
    Length: 14:30 minutes
    Format: 2K DCP, ProRes mov, h264 mp4 | 16:9, 25 fps, colour | stereo
    Languages: German and Turkish with English subtitles 


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