Scene from the film Das Gestell
Scene from the film Das Gestell
Scene from the film Das Gestell
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Das Gestell

  • Germany

A Japanese philosopher writes a letter to a famous German colleague. He asks the German to advise the Japanese people how to deal with the permeation of modern life by technology. More than 50 years later, the same issues are being discussed among academics and aspiring engineers. It is hard to grasp how humans and technology continue to coexist. Resorting to biographical trivia, mythological histories and the recounting of dreams is not helping them to see these issues any clearer. In the grainy images of the film, landscapes from an uncertain time appear, occasionally flooded by water and a cacophony of brass players. The uncontrollable finds its ways into a world that tries to minimise risks and thus creates new dangers.


  • Original Title
    Das Gestell
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Philip Widmann
  • Cinematography
    Philip Widmann
  • Editing
    Philip Widmann
  • Music
    Students of Kyoto University, Taiko Players Moji-ko
  • Sound
    Philip Widmann
  • Runtime
    30 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Germany
  • Format
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Festivals
    • Fracto Experimental Film Encounter Berlin 2019
    • Cine Esquema Novo Porto Alegre 2018
    • La Cabina Festival Internacional de Mediometrajes Valencia 2018
    • Underdox Dokument & Experiment Munich 2018
    • Thai Short Film & Video Festival 2018
    • Stuttgarter Filmwinter – Festival for Expanded Media 2018
    • Cork Film Festival 2017
    • Hanoi DocFest 2017
    • Dawawine Beirut 2017
    • Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia Osaka 2017
    • Arkipel Jakarta International Documentary & Experimental Film Festival 2017
    • Moscow International Experimental Film Festival 2017
    • Kayokoyuki Gallery Tokyo 2017
    • Temporary Gallery Cologne, Screening Room 2017
    • DocumentaMadrid 2017
    • Image Forum Festival Tokyo / Kyoto / Fukuoka / Nagoya / Yokohama 2017
    • CPH:DOX 2017
    • International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017
  • Awards
    • Awards of the German Film Critics' Association 2018 – Shortlist Experimental Film
    • European Media Art Festival Osnabrück 2017 – Media Art Award of the German Film Critics Association is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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