Frau geht über einen Friedhof


A documentary turns into a cinematic REVISION. Like a puzzle, the film puts together the facts around the death of two men on a field at the German-Polish border in 1992. Scheffner composes an increasingly disturbing pattern of landscape and memory, witness testimonies, documents and investigations.

On June 29th, 1992 a farmer discovers two bodies in a corn field in the North East of Germany. Police enquiries lead to the fact that the dead men are Romanian citizens. During the attempt to cross the EU border, they have been shot by hunters. The hunters claim that they had mistaken the people for wild boar. Four years later, the trial begins. It will never be proved, which of the hunters has fired the fatal bullet. The verdict: not guilty. German Press Agency dpa reports: “From Romania, no one has arrived for the rendition of judgment.”

The police files contain the names and adress of Grigore Velcu and Eudache Calderar. However, their families never even got to know, that a trial had been held.

With REVISION, a legally terminated crime case becomes the subject of a cinematic revision. Places, individuals, and memories are being connected, and form a fragile pattern from different versions and perspectives of contemporary European history.


Script Merle Kröger, Philip Schefffner
Director/Editor Philip Scheffner
Director of Photography Bernd Meiners
Sound Pascal Capitolin, Volker Zeigermann
Production Manager Marcie K. Jost
Production Assistant Celia Bouali
Assistant Director Romania Gica, Adina Curta
Location Manager Romania Silvia Gramer, CD!
Production Assistant Romania Claudiu Maniacu
Sound Design Volker Zeigermann, Simon Bastian
Sound Mix Pierre Brand
Image Mastering Matthias Behrens
Online Studio Image wave-line Berlin
Online Studio Sound Zeigermann_Audio Hamburg

Commissioning Editor ZDF/arte Doris Hepp
Producer Merle Kröger
Co-producer Marcie K. Jost, Meike Martens, Peter Zorn

Produced by pong film
In co-production with Blinker Filmproduktion, worklights media production
And with ZDF in collaboration with ARTE

Development funded by
DEFA Stiftung

Production funded by
Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg
Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein
Filmstiftung NRW
Deutscher Filmförderfonds

Contact Theatrical Distribution (Germany)
Real Fiction Filmverleih
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  • festivals

    World Premiere: Berlinale - International Film Festival Berlin | Forum 2012
    International Premiere: Hot Docs Festival Toronto 2012

    Other Festivals (selection):

    • Dokumentarfilmwoche Hamburg
    • Filmfestival goEast Wiesbaden
    • DokFest München
    • Neisse Film Festival
    • Balkan Film Fest Bremen
    • Transsylvania International Film Festival Cluj
    • Documentary Film Festival Kosovo
    • Zürich Film Festival
    • Vancouver International Film Festival
    • Doclisboa
    • DocBsAs Argentina
    • Regio Fun Film Festival Poland
    • Duisburger Filmwoche
    • CPH:DOX Kopenhagen
    • DOkfest Kassel
    • L'Alternativa Barcelona
    • Jeonju International Film Festival
    • Festival dei Populi Florenz
    • Doc Est Iasia Romania
    • Human Rights Film Festival Zagreb
  • awards

    • nominated for the amnesty international Film Award | Berlinale 2012
    • Best Documentary Film | GoEast Film Festivals 2012
    • Fritz-Gerlich-Film Award | Film Fest Munich 2012
    • nominated for the German Film Award 2013
    • nominated for the German Film Critics Award 2013
    • Award of Excellence | Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2013 
    • Bild-Kunst Award for Best Editing 2013
  • novel

    GRENZFALL | Merle Kröger | Roman
    erschienen im Argument Verlag Hamburg

    GRENZFALL is a novel loosely based on events that took place in 1992, just two months before the pogroms in Rostock Lichtenhagen near the German-Polish border. We made a documentary film about it, which was shown in cinemas in 2012 under the title REVISION. Parallel to the film research, we came up with the idea of writing a story in which documentary threads from back then are fictitiously spun into the present day. The crime novel provides the opportunity to condense emotional and political moments and to rethink reality into a space of possibility.
    Merle Kröger, August 2012

    awarded with

    • German Crime Novel Award 2013 (1st Place National)
    • Stuttgarter Crime Novel Award 2013
  • fact sheet

    Country of Production: Germany
    Year of Production: 2012
    Length: 106 minutes
    Image Format: XDCam/ 35 mm, colour
    Sound Format: stereo
    Languages: German, Romani, Romanian
    Subtitles: German, English

    Available on DVD at Filmgalerie 451