Deutsche Version

Der Tag des Spatzen

English title: Day of the Sparrow
Director: Philip Scheffner    → show biography   
Country: Germany
Year: 2010
Synopsis: THE DAY OF THE SPARROW is a political nature film about a country where the line between war and peace has become blurred. Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, November 14th 2005: a sparrow is shot and killed after knocking down 23000 dominos. A German soldier dies in Kabul as a consequence of a suicide bombing. These two adjacent headlines lead director Philip Scheffner to set out looking for war using the methods of ornithology. In Germany rather than Afghanistan. For it is here that the question arises: do we live in wartime or in peacetime? "There are films that change your life or influence the course of history and world affairs. The Day of the Sparrow is one such film, the only difference being that it takes a different approach to achieve this. In his new film, Philip Scheffner, a passionate birdwatcher in his spare time, creates an audacious homage to a particular sparrow which managed to attain international fame in this decisive role. Scheffner sets out on a fantastic search for clues with the meticulousness of a detective, which takes him from the murder of the sparrow by a Dutch media concern to a nearly forgotten holiday resort on the Baltic Sea. His search finally takes him to the fences of various forbidden zones in the provinces and suburbs of both East and West Germany. Led by a camera that is precise to the point of obsession and a soundtrack that is almost overly attentive, this cinematic investigation eventually turns into a contemporary political thriller. What he finds out seems astounding, expect perhaps for particular birdwatchers and pilots, who have long since noticed the similarities between the gentle landscapes of the river Mosel and Afghani battlefields. It was therefore probably no coincidence that the sparrow’s heroic death took place on the same day that the 18th German soldier died in Afghanistan." Dorothee Wenner
Language: German, English, Dutch
Forum participation year: 2010
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Technical Attributes

Format: 35mm
Rental status: to rent
Version: original language version with subtitles
Subtitle language: English
Running time (minutes): 100
Color: color
Sound: Dolby SR
Aspect ratio: 1:1,78
Frames per second: 25
Length in metres: 2862
Weight: 20
Number of reels: 5