Frohe Zukunft

by Andrea Rüthel and Katharina Wittmann


An industrial wasteland, in the district called “Frohe Zukunft“ (Happy Future) in Halle, Germany. During the Nazi era an aircraft factory was located here and forced labourers had to build outboardwings. Looking for traces of the past, the filmmakers encounter two men, leading a wayward life. They have become friends through the passion of collecting: One of them preserves disused and old items, the other reads from them. Everything is steeped in history, the people and the place, even what lies beneath the earth. No monument tells you how to feel, so it is a bizarre life on a supposedly deserted island which can be both an abyss and paradise at the same time.