“Heimat is a Space in Time picks up the biographical pieces of a family torn apart through the end of the 19th and into the 20th century. It is about people who by chance found each other, only then to lose each other. Now it is their descendants, their children and grandchildren who are beginning to disappear. A collage of images, sounds, letters, diaries, notes, voices, fragments of time and space. Heimat is a Space in Time is a journey of reflection of time and the love held within using sounds, images and language. Yet some of it shall remain forever lost. The material used in this film is what remains of my family. The remnants of those I knew, whose circumstances I had been part of or had otherwise experienced. Remnants that mirror history. A history that is just as much my own” Thomas Heise
About the director: Thomas Heise was born in1955, Berlin, GDR/Germany. He trained as a printer before he started to work as an assistant director at the DEFA Studio for Feature Films in Potsdam-Babelsberg in 1975. Parallel to his work at the studio he completed his secondary education, so that he could study at the Academy of Film & Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg 1978-1983. His first film, the documentary Why a Film about these People produced entirely with materials bought on the black market – was banned from public screening. Since 1983 he has worked as a free-lance writer and director in the areas of theatre, audio drama and documentary. Until the end of the GDR all his documentary efforts were however either blocked, destroyed or confiscated. Between 1987 and 1990 Heise acquired his MA at the Berlin Academy of Fine Art. He was teaching as a Professor for Film and Media Art at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design 2007-2013. Since 2013 he is working as a Professor for Art and Film at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria. Since 2018 he is the director of the Film and Media Arts section at the Academy of Arts BerlinBrandenburg, Germany.