Filmmaker’s Name and Title: Susanna Duellmann (Director and Producer)
Film Name: Maze (Labyrinth)
Length of film: 15 min
In 50 words or less, what’s this film about?
The film is about a stone maze created by the German artist Adelheid Kilian on a toxic waste dump. The maze is a reminder of the huge area of contaminated soil on the banks of the river Rhine that was left by the chemical industry giant Bayer. Authorities just sealed the ground and grew grass on it - a time-bomb for the generations to come.
What inspired you to make this film?
When I saw an exibition by Adelheid Kilian I felt there was something special. When she told me that she is painting with closed eyes and I saw how the results spoke to me, I decided to come back and make a film about the making of her land-art piece "Maze". I discovered that I knew the waste dump since I was a kid ; I had seen it from the autobahn. Nowadays it looks like a beautiful park if you don't know what is going on underground.
Name your Top 3 Films of All Time:
Le Weekend by Jean-Luc Godard
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner by Zacharias Kunut
Blade Runner by Ridley Scott
What’s your connection to Mississippi? (If you don’t have one, why did you apply to a Mississippi festival?):
When I saw the pictures of the oil catastrophe in 2010 on TV I was reminded of the work on the film "Maze" and saw the parallels and consequences of such a disaster. I was asking myself what will happen in the aftermath and share the experiences we have in Germany.
Anything else you want the audience to know about your film:
Last year the artist Adelheid Kilian died. She left us her maze. Surprisingly, just recently the topic became important when a discussion started whether it is possible to make a tunnel for the growing traffic through the waste dump. They would have to open the sealed area and clean the ground. Will the industry that left the mess - and profited - take responsibility and pay for this?