6 Minutes 66
A documentary film
about the future of cinema
by Katja Feldmeier & Julius Feldmeier
61 Min. / © 2019
Perspektive Deutsches Kino
at 69th International Film Festival Berlin
Cinema - a dying artform?
One by one 15 German film directors enter a hotel room in Berlin, not to be interviewed by a person, but instead by two cameras set up on their tripods.
A piece of paper with a set of questions lies on the hotel’s couch table.
None of the directors has been prepared, nor instructed, and there are no limitations to what they can do, except for one: they only have 6 minutes and 66 seconds.
666 - the diabolical number is serving as a reminder that any question on the future of cinema carries some existential weight.
The numbers also pay direct tribute to what inspired the making of 6Minutes66:
Wim Wenders’ 1982 documentary Chambre 666. While Wenders naturally used film rolls then, 6Minutes66 has been shot on digital devices, one of them being a smartphone. If the medium is changing, is the message changing with it?
Does the digital age, the increasing popularity of the series, the abundance of video on demand platforms pose a threat to the art of making movies today?
The directors who were invited to participate in 6Minutes66 have all tried to preserve the idea of the „auteur“ in their work. Their debut films have premiered within the last ten years at a movie theater, some of them even at the Berlinale.
This generation of directors is particularly exposed to the tug and pull of new technological advances in filmmaking, as well as viewers’ changing habits and preferences. Therefore, their perspective and their answers are most likely to shed some light or darkness on the future of cinema.
Thomas Stuber, Mia Spengler, Katrin Gebbe, Axel Ranisch, Burhan Qurbani, Tom Lass, Dietrich Brüggemann, Laura Lackmann, Christian Schwochow, Sonja Heiss, Cüneyt Kaya, Tini Tüllmann, Helene Hegemann, Nikias Chryssos & Jakob Lass
Katja Feldmeier (*1989 in Odessa) is a writer and co-founder of the female writers’ collective Zimmer Zwei. She graduated from the University of Oxford and the University of the Arts Berlin and currently works on her first novel as well as further film projects.
Julius Feldmeier (*1987 in Rostock) is known for playing the lead part in Katrin Gebbe’s debut film Nothing Bad Can Happen, which premiered in Cannes in 2013. He has since acted in many German and international films and series like Axolotl Overkill, Lou Andreas-Salomé, Peacock, Das Boot and Babylon Berlin.
6Minutes66 is their first film as co-directors.
The couple works and lives in Berlin.
Conzept & Directors: Katja Feldmeier & Julius Feldmeier
Producer: Magdalena Wolff / Triebkraft Film
Director of Photography: Moritz Schultheiß
Editor: Moritz Poth
Music: Johannes Lehniger & Sebastian Damerius
Sound Design: Denis Elmaci
Color Grading: Robin Jünkersfeld