A focus on the works of Willy Hans inevitably includes the collective consisting of Paul Spengemann, Jan Eichberg, Steffen Goldkamp, and Hans. The four are by no means a conventional production collective. Instead of striving for control, they like to explore the limitless possibilities of a continuous exchange of ideas, collaborating in a wide variety of forms.
Willy Hans / Germany 2010 / 16'49" / black & white / no dialogue / Fic
A woman and two men live their dandy lives in a country house, not knowing how to fill the days. At the point of ultimate boredom, the elderly man is starting to look out for the woman who increasingly keeps to herself. As they barely speak to each other anymore, obvious hostility soon arises. During a dreamlike walk in the woods, the woman comes to a decision.
Paul Spengemann / Germany 2021 / 7'4" / DCP / colour / no dialogue / Exp/Ani
You used to call me on my cell phone, you used to, you used to. A brief look at the screen is enough to know who is calling. The display warns you who is waiting at the other end of the line. There is a brief, decisive moment before you pick up to consider whether it would be better to ignore the incoming call, especially in view of the fundamental question of who still makes phone calls these days.
Der fremde Fotograf und die Einsamkeit
Willy Hans/Jan Eichberg / Germany 2012 / 5'21" / DCP / colour / German / Fic
Thierry is a photographer visiting a foreign city. He is looking for the museum. Isabelle is lonesome and tries to help him out. They dedide to go for a drink in a pub nearby. Thierry soon discovers that the memorized phrases in the foreign language won't produce the desired results. An audio language training programme for French served as the template for this boy-meets-girl story.
Die Unzugänglichkeit der griechischen Antike und ihre Folgen
Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann/Paul Spengemann / Germany 2016 / 13'10" / DCP / colour / no dialogue / Fic/Exp
The film is set in a humanities high school built according to plans by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen. Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann and Paul Spengemann accompany a group of students during activities that appear mysterious at first in the modernist spaces: auditorium, gymnasium, café, library, corridors. The eight protagonists use simple theatrical means such as spotlights, sound tubes, and thunder sheets to contribute to their own staging of an ancient Greek text, which is withheld from an audience.
Was wahrscheinlich passiert wäre, wäre ich nicht zuhause geblieben.
Willy Hans / Germany 2020 / 19'57" / DCP / colour / German / Fic
Everything goes around in circles. Five people, one living room. It is only when the wine has been spilled, the issue of dark matter solved, and nobody expects food anymore that the music is turned up. We’re caught in the orbit of the same, always the same, always the others. Humans, words, things.