No News

The crew of the emergency rescue ship Lifeline has to wait for months in the harbor of Malta. Its captain is being tried locally—after saving hundreds of people who had fled their homelands from drowning, Claus-Peter Reisch was subjected to legal proceedings. The charge: lack of a registration for the ship.

No News, the feature film debut by Lennart Hüper, accompanies the crew during the period of sitting tight, waiting for a redeeming and anchor-lifting judgment. Ten months—"You could have had a baby in that time!”—during which life out there goes on. Out there, on land and in the ocean, along the deadliest route of escape from Libya to Italy.

Sober documentation of everyday life on the ship is interwoven with reports about displaced persons dying in the ocean, the emergency calls on the marine radio tell in staccato takt about boots in distress, the occasional rescue of survivors, about missing passengers and lost radio connections to the people in distress. Sky and ocean, fluctuating between threatening bluish black, hopeful morning red, and harbor atmosphere in the evening, report the passage of time. Meanwhile, on board Lifeline, a cleaning plan is set up, clothes are washed, someone plays a guitar, people laugh together—the absurdity of the commonplace is revealed in the emergency situation.

The calmness of the crew, waiting patiently, yearning for the moment when they can set sail, contrasts the Kafkaesque growths of European migration policies. The film accompanies Captain Reisch on his odyssey through the courts, during his talks and lectures in front of school groups and guests at award ceremonies, and talks with politicians. The necessity of having to lobby for his affairs—for a humanity that should actually be self-evident— remains painful. (Christina Wintersteiger)

Translation: Lisa Rosenblatt


The crew of the non-governmental sea rescue vessel "Lifeline" has been stuck in Malta for several weeks now. After the rescue of over 450 refugees from distress at sea, Captain Claus- Peter Reisch must stand trial and the ship remains confiscated for its duration. Hopes for a speedy trial are dwindling more and more.
What is it like to be forced to wait while people are drowning just a few miles away?
No News gives an insight into the absurdity of European migration policy and observes people who stood up for change but got to feel how little we want it. (production note)

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Erbarmungslos dreht sich die Waschmaschinentrommel. Ein Mann faltet Wäsche, aus dem Radio klingt die Geschichte Sisyphus’, dessen Arbeit niemals endet. Diese trifft auch auf die auf Malta zwangsvertäute Crew der Lifeline zu, deren Leben in Warteschleife Lennart Hüper in NICHTS NEUES einfängt: Ernüchternder Alltag zwischen aktivistischer Praxis, administrativer Gleichgültigkeit und dem andauernden Sterben im Mittelmeer. Wo Menschen gerettet werden könnten, werden Putzpläne erstellt, das Deck geschrubbt, Gitarre gespielt. Kapitän Claus-Peter Reisch reibt sich indes auf der Suche nach einem Vokabular für das scheinbar Selbstverständliche auf. Resilienz im Bewirtschaften einer bleiernen Ausnahmesituation. Die Crew bleibt einsatzbereit, das Schiff im Hafen. Hüper vermittelt das ermüdende, und dabei wesentliche Klein-Klein politischer Arbeit. Die Montage verwebt die Absurdität des Wartens und die Hoffnung, humanitäre Arbeit wieder aufnehmen zu können, mit der Beständigkeit einer sturen Verhinderungsbürokratie. Die Kamera verfolgt, wie sich sorgenloser Kreuzfahreralltag vor den Blick auf politische Realitäten schiebt. Währenddessen bleibt die Nachrichtenlage unverändert: Menschen ertrinken vor Europa, Seenotrettung wird von Behörden behindert. NICHTS NEUES geht subtil den Strukturen der politischen Verwicklung nach, involviert seine Zuschauer:innen in das Geflecht von erzwungener und gewählter Untätigkeit.

Orig. Title
Nichts Neues
Year
2021
Countries
Germany, Austria
Duration
81 min
Director
Lennart Hüper
Category
Documentary
Orig. Language
german
Subtitles
english
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Credits
Director
Lennart Hüper
Script
Lennart Hüper
Cinematography
Lennart Hüper
Montage
Jana Libnik
Sound Design
Henning Großmann
Sound Mix
Henning Großmann
Recording
Luca Reppenhorst
Animation
David Bastawros
Color grading
David Seul
Production
Lennart Hüper
Co-Producer
FH Dortmund
Available Formats
DCP 2K flat (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound Format
5.1 surround
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
colour
Festivals (Selection)
2021
Saarbrücken - Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis
Mainz - FilmZ Festival des Deutschen Kinos
Palermo - SiciliAmbiente Festival (Documentary Film Contest - 2nd prize)
München - Int. Dokumentarfilmfestival
2022
Bozcaada - BIFED Int Festival of Ecological Documentary (TK)
Bochum - blicke filmfestival (ein-blicke jury award)
Berlin - Refugees Welcome Film Festvial
Naples / Napoli - Festival del Cine di Diritti Umani ("Un Ponte Per" Award)
2023
Köln - Stranger Than Fiction Dokumentarfilmfestival