HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME
HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME follows the biographical traces of a tattered family throughout the 20th century. People who once happened to find each other, then lost each other. Their remaining children, grandchildren now disappear. It's about speaking and silence. First love and lost luck. Fathers, mothers, sons, brothers, affairs, hurt and joy in changing landscapes, which carry different, intertwined traces of time. A collage of pictures, sounds, letters, diaries, notes, noises, voices, fragments.
Heise's latest, Heimat is a Space in Time, is a monumental work that traces four generations of his family's archives, from the 19th century to the present - their intimate stories revealing the larger cultural and political events that have shaped the past hundred years of German history. ...it is Heise's focus on the small details of personal experience, the subtlest shifts of light across a landscape, that make for his film's most visceral experiences.
—Toronto International Film Festival
A serious, summative work. An ambitious formal achievement.
Matt Turner, Little White Lies
It is a dreadfully German piece of work. That is part of its power.
Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
Thomas Heise's documentary seeks to excavate real human thought and feeling beneath the haze of larger political structures.
Carson Lund, Slant Magazine