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De Facto

De Facto

Selma Doborac
Austria, Germany
2023
130 min
Dutch Premiere
Paradocs
Synopsis

Two men, a nondescript space, some trees outside, a large glass table inside. These are the only visual elements in this minimalist reflection on human cruelty. Due to this pared-down approach, the focus lies entirely on the testimonies that director Selma Doborac has the actors Christoph Bach and Cornelius Obonya recite—separately, as if in an interrogation. Detached, without emotion, they recount experiences from an existence as a cog in a machine of mass destruction. These are monologues from the darkest recesses of human nature.

For the script, Doborac drew on historical sources (legal documents, testimonies stored in archives), but also on more philosophical considerations. Here and there, words and sentences pass by that are associated with the great tragedies of the 20th century—mass graves, “cockroaches,” gas chambers. But the outrages are disconnected from any specific history. They have merged into one single stream of mass violence, deeply engrained in humanity. The emotionless delivery makes the film even more moving.

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Credits
130 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: German
Director
    Selma Doborac
    Selma Doborac
Production
    Selma Doborac
    Selma Doborac
Cinematography
    Klemens Hufnagl
    Klemens Hufnagl
Editing
    Selma Doborac
    Selma Doborac
Sound
    Claus Benischke
    Claus Benischke
Sound Design
    Selma Doborac
    Selma Doborac
Music
    Didi Kern,
    Philipp Quehenberger
    Didi Kern,
    Philipp Quehenberger
Screenplay
    Selma Doborac
    Selma Doborac
Screening copy
    Sixpackfilm
    Sixpackfilm

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