Staub (Dust)

Dust. It is everywhere and ever present. A conglomeration of the finest particles set in motion as soon as things are starting to settle. It is fought and cleared away and yet returns again even as it is being removed. A Sisyphus whoever tries to defeat it. Dust nestles in carpets and in attics. It invades laboratories and settles on artworks. Dust causes illness, dust makes up the cosmos. It is the smallest, discernable subject about which to make a film.
Hartmut Bitomsky follows the path of the dust. In associative and symphonic movements, he pursues it to the place where it settles, and seeks out people who contend with it. Columns of cleaners in their daily battle for cleanliness, inventors of air cleansing products, scientists who investigate the damaging consequences of fine dust and uranium munitions from the US army’s stock of weapons, botanists, meteorologists, astronomers and artists.



Country of Production
Germany / Switzerland

Year of Production

35 mm, Digi Beta Pal

90 min

Hartmut Bitomsky

Production Filmproduktion in co-production with Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion, Big Sky Film and WDR in association with ARTE and Schweizer Fernsehen

Original Language

English, Italian, French

Festivals / Awards

World premiere at the 64. Venice Film Festival / Orizzonti Competition 2007
Vancouver IFF 2007
Viennale 2007
Hofer Filmtage 2007
DOK Leipzig 2007
Sheffield IDF 2007
Leeds IFF 2007
cph:dox Copenhagen 2007 (New Visions Award for Feature Length Film, ex aequo with A CRIME AGAINST ART)
DocPoint Helsinki 2008
Rotterdam IFF 2008
Göteborg IFF 2008
Cinéma du Réel Paris 2008
It’s All True IDF Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro 2008
San Francisco IFF 2008 (Golden Gate Award Comp.)
IndieLisboa 2008
Seattle IFF 2008
Silverdocs IDF 2008
Golden Chest Int. TV Festival Plovdid 2008 (THE BRONZE CHEST in the competition for Best TV Documentary)
CinemAmbiente Torino 2008 (Green Cross - SPECIAL MENTION)
Festival Punto de Vista Navarra 2009
Yamagata IDF 2009