Heimat is a Space in Time / Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit

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.

This is all about speaking and silence. First love and happiness lost. Fathers and mothers, sons and brothers, the affairs, the hurt and the joy in landscapes of transition – each bearing the intertwining, hallmarks of their times. 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)



Country of Production
Germany, Austria

Year of Production


218 min

Thomas Heise

Ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion in co-production with Navigator Film and ZDF/3sat

Original Language

English, French

Festivals / Awards

Berlinale 2019 (Caligari Film Prize)
Visions du Réel Nyon 2019 (Sesterce d'Or for the best film in the International Feature Film Competition)
Crossing Europe Linz 2019 (CROSSING EUROPE Social Awareness Award - Best Documentary)
Jeonju Intl. Film Festival 2019
Beldocs 2019
SWR Doku Festival (German Documentary Award) 2019
Karlovy Vary 2019
FIDMarseille 2019
Jerusalem IFF 2019 (Avner Shalev - Yad Vashem Chaiman's Award, Chantal Akerman Award)
Dokufest Prizren 2019
Lussas IDF 2019
Toronto IFF 2019
Pacific Meridian FF 2019
Message to Man IFF 2019
New York IFF 2019
Festival des deutschen Films Paris 2019
Mostra Sao Paulo IFF 2019
DocLisboa 2019
Antenna IDF Sydney 2019
West Lake IDF 2019
Valladolid IFF 2019
Thessaloniki IFF 2019
Minsk FF “Listapad” 2019
Documentaire sur grand écran 2019
Augenblick IFF 2019
Dharamshala IFF 2019
Mar del Plata IFF 2019
RIDM Montréal 2019 (Special Jury Price – Int. Feature)
Festival des deutschen Films China 2019
IDFA 2019
Torino IFF 2019
Muestra de Cine Lanzarote 2019 (Best Film Award)
Festival des Deutschen Films Moskau 2019
Tromsø IFF 2020
Trieste IFF 2020
Vilnius IFF 2020