Deutsche Version

Route to Cape Town

Director: Wolfgang Lehmann    → show biography   
Country: Germany
Year: 2005
Synopsis: A picture and sound concept (Klangwerk), a sketch, a moving drawing. Streets leading to a town. Brief moments in the old center of Cape Town. Thoroughfares, people, pedestrians, brief flashes. Everything in motion; the people, the cars, the camera. Those who know the town and surrounding area will recognise the topography. All shots were taken out on the streets leading into the town but still, it is not a documentary; time is altered, camera takes are not linear. These are fragments of time. The film montage and the music allows the beginning to fall at the end and vice versa. Time frozen, parallel time. Motionlessness and movement combined. The rhythm begins slowly, gathers speed, interrupted by panoramic shots. Concrete sounds become music, a sound becomes a soundscape. A sound poem about a place surrounded in melancholy. Fleeting moments of people who we don't meet and won't get to know. It is the brief moment of encounter. What do we know of our fellow man? What does it mean exactly to know someone, a place, a landscape, a feeling, an experience? Memories. In the end everything is just a fleeting moment. Our most inner thoughts are written in ink on the tips of the waves of the sea. ROUTE TO CAPE TOWN is a short poem in black and white, in tones and shades. Something secretive, something dark and sad lies within. It is filmed from inside a moving vehicle but in the very movement itself lies the stationary, the brief moment, the life of a fragment. The scenes are out of focus, dirty, sometimes mirrored in the windshield. Our memories are not linear. A mosaic of sounds, pictures, impressions. What is hiding behind the faces of the people who glance in our direction as we pass by? The film uses concrete pictures and sounds to form a rhythmic abstract poem. A couple of short moments from Cape Town South Africa-a foreign city in moments, that by the end seems strangely familiar to us.

Technical Attributes

Format: Betacam SP
Rental status: to rent
Version: original language version
Running time (minutes): 5
Color: color
Frames per second: 25
Number of reels: 1