Children. As Time Flies. / Kinder. Wie die Zeit vergeht.

CHILDREN. AS TIME FLIES. is the third film in Thomas Heise’s “Jammed”-Trilogy about families from Halle-Neustadt, Germany. Now the director focuses on one family: Jeanette and her two sons Paul and Tommy, her parents and her youngest brother Tino.

Everybody seems to go their own way: Jeanette finally has a daughter, a lasting relationship and the job as a bus driver she always wanted. Paul shines in school and football while his brother Tommy rather fights his way through life and struggles with staying in school. He broke all contact with his mother. Jeanette’s parents moved to the countryside and communicate rarely with their daughter. With them lives Tino, who identifies as Nazi but can’t talk to his father about it. Yet he regularly meets with Tommy.

Today’s footage is intercut with material from 1999 and creates a picture of speechlessness and stagnation. In its cool black and white images CHILDREN. AS TIME FLIES. explores the situation of society today. How do you live?



Country of Production

Year of Production

35mm, Digi Beta Pal, Beta SP Pal

86 min

Thomas Heise

Production Filmproduktion in co-production with Ö Filmproduktion and MDR in collaboration with WDR

Original Language


Festivals / Awards

DOK Leipzig 2007 (Silver Dove in Int. Competition)
Duisburger Filmwoche 2007
Visions du Réel Nyon 2008
Crossing Europe IFF Linz 2008
Dokwoche Hamburg 2008
Planete Doc Review Warsaw 2008
Cinéma Verité Tehran IDF 2008
DocBsAs08 Doc Buenos Aires 2008
DokumentART Neubrandenburg 2008
Verzio Documentary FF Budapest 2008
L’Alternativa Barcelona 2008
Torino IFF 2008
Festival dei Popoli Florence 2009
Shanghai IFF 2010
Nominated for European Film Award 2008 in the category Documentary Film – Prix Arte