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by Friederike Güssefeld


Kevin, Dominik and David live between the idyllic hills of Romania's Transylvania. The boys are three out of hundreds of German teenagers, who were sent here to come back on the right track in so-called 'foreign pedagogical projects'. Families and youth welfare facilities in Germany were all close to despair about them, but now, thousands of miles from home, they do not seem very troublesome at all. Isolated from their original surroundings, their past as well as their future appear almost abstract. The boys work in the fields, in barns and in the houses of the local farming families. Their development is constantly monitored by a team of German pedagogues, day after day. For years. The simplicity and daily routine are supposed to adapt them for a future life as socially compatible grown ups in Germany. But is this really what these boys need? There is something they could not leave behind: their need for closeness, for personal freedom and for a family.

international title: Out of Place
original title: Out of Place
country: Germany
year: 2019
genre: documentary
directed by: Friederike Güssefeld
film run: 86'
screenplay: Friederike Güssefeld
cinematography by: Adrian Campean, Julian Krubasik
film editing: Miriam Märk, Sven Heußner
music: Wolf-Maximilian Liebich
producer: Florian Brüning, Thomas Herberth, Alireza Golafshan
production: Horse&Fruits München, Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (HFF), BR Bayerischer Rundfunk
backing: FFF Bayern (DE)
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