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38 Ratings

The River Used to Be a Man

Der Fluss war einst ein Mensch

Directed by Jan Zabeil
Germany, 2011


A German actor visiting a rural waterway enters an existential fog while attempting to find meaning in ancient tradition. But the narrative here is only a gesture towards the full meaning: what can divination, memory and traditional belief mean to a man so far outside them?

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The River Used to Be a Man
Directed by Jan Zabeil

Awards & Festivals

Toronto International Film Festival

2011 | Visions

International Film Festival Rotterdam

2012 | Bright Future

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2011 | 2 wins including: Best New Director (First Films Competition)

Istanbul International Film Festival

2012 | Mined Zone

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