Preußen & Westfalen

  • Year: 2018
  • Genre: Docu-fiction
  • Client: Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe
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Production manager: Lejla Aliev
Concept, direction: Mark Lorei
Camera: Jan Enste
Screenplay, making-of: David J. Lensing
Cast: Wolf Danny Homann, Stephanie Jost, Heinz Pöpping, David Reimer, Jürgen Schütt, Bartholomäus Wieczorek
Set Designer, Costume: Manuel Talarico
Gaffer: Gunar Peters
Sound, sound design: Gábor Ripli
Animations, VFX: Adnan Al Orbeni
Editing, colour grading: Lejla Aliev, Jan Enste
Music: Jan Enste
Mask: Hanh Pham
Camera assistance: Jakob Reuter
Grip: Il "Ille" Jong Park
Assistance Props: Robin Ortgies
Catering: Amalia Pöpping
Filming location: Farmstead Pöpping
A production by "jae kunst und medien" on behalf of the LWL Media Centre for Westphalia. Filmed in Rheine-Elte in March 2018.
Supported by the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe and by the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The web series "Prussia & Westphalia" was produced on behalf of the LWL Media Centre for the "Network Prussia in Westphalia" and tells the story of an evening in a Westphalian inn in 1871. The Prussian soldier Gustav stops there to celebrate the victory over the French with his comrades. The young Westphalian landlady Clara has lost her husband in the war and makes no secret of her dislike for the Prussians. Three episodes tell of the encounter between Gustav and Clara. They get into conversation, discuss the past years of Westphalian-Prussian history and argue about current events.
The appeal of the series comes from the alternation between fictional scenes and documentary elements: Gustav and Clara repeatedly address the viewer directly and underscore their position by depicting historical events through animation. This creates a multi-faceted view of the subject of "Prussia in Westphalia".
From a scientific point of view, four clips complement the narrative and attempt to provide answers to the following questions: "What significance does Prussia still have today?" and "What traces of Prussian rule can still be found in Westphalia today?".
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The challenge of the production lay in portraying the time around 1871 as accurately as possible. Thus, from the costumes to the equipment and the filming location, all visible elements were scientifically tested in advance for authenticity.