International Competition

Home Sweet Home

Annika Mayer / Germany / 2023 / 68′ / German | English and Italian subtitles

Home sweet home is a film about the invisibility of domestic violence. Filmmaker Annika Mayer looks for clues, interviews her grandmother Rose about the family’s old Super8 footage from the 1950s and 1960s. These show a family in the era of Germany’s “Economic Miracle”: a luxury house with a garden in a small town, a vacation to the North Sea, a Sunday trip to the National Garden Fair. Images that have become inscribed in the collective memory of the Federal Republic, a social expectation captured on film: you record what you want to see.
But behind the facade, memories surface, fragments of a bygone era that still resonate. The film addresses the discrepancy between appearance and reality. Upon closer examination of the material, the doubts that are awakened in viewers make the invisible visible. Through Rose’s narrative, the image of family happiness in postwar West Germany is dismantled piece by piece.

Editing Annika Mayer
Camera Jakob Krese
Sound Design Jakob Krese
Production Majmun Films
Producer Annika Mayer, Jakob Krese

Annika Mayer
She’s a filmmaker living in Berlin. She studied film editing at Konrad Wolf Film University and holds a doctorate in social anthropology. Based on his field research in Delhi, she produced and produced the web documentary Elderscapes. In 2019 she co-founded Majmun Films to develop documentaries and short films. She is the editor and producer of short films La Espera, premiered at IFFR 2020, andFirst Package for Honduras, premiered at Visions du Réel 2022. She also produced the award-winning documentary Lo que queda en el camino, which was screened at international festivals (including the Guanajuato International Film Festival, Dok Leipzig, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Docs Against Gravity, Dokfest München, DocAviv). She is currently producing the documentaries Caravaneras, The gods must be mistaken and Maomi (AT). Home sweet home is hes debut film as a director.

June 1 11:00 am.
Cinema Intrastevere Hall 1
Meeting with the author

June 2 9:00 pm.
Cinema Intrastevere Hall 3