26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Rift Finfinnee
Rift Finfinnee
Rift Finfinnee
Rift Finfinnee
Rift Finfinnee

Rift Finfinnee

director: Daniel Kötter
original title: Rift Finfinnee
country: Germany
year: 2020
running time: 79 min.


In grandiose wide opening shots, slow panoramas, and concise static compositions, Daniel Kötter explores the landscape east of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. He focused his attention on four urbanizing areas, in which the boundaries between urban and rural, between industry and agriculture are blurring. The film also gives us an insight into the private lives of the locals. Their off-screen comments help create a layered portrait of a place undergoing drastic ecological and social changes - for which many are not prepared.
„While the camera represents my distant and outside perspective on the landscapes and urban development in Addis' periphery, the locals speak to each other in their local languages.“ D. Kötter

Q&A with the director of Rift Finfinnee Daniel Kötter:


German theater and film director Daniel Kötter (1975) uses a variety of media and institutional contexts in his work, combining elements of experimental and documentary film with the methods of performative art. Rift Finfinnee completes his trilogy of films on urbanization. In his previous two films, he focused on the peripheries of Tehran (Hashti Tehran, 2017) and Cairo (Desert View, 2018).

more about film

director: Daniel Kötter
cast: Milkesa Takele, Kokeb Solomon, Tsedeke Woldu, Maheder Gebremedhin
producer: Meike Martens
script: Daniel Kötter
photography: Daniel Kötter
editing: Daniel Kötter
music: Getatchew Merkuria
sound Design: Marcin Lenarczyk
koproducent: Milkesa Takele
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