• Zentralflughafen THF / Central Airport THF
  • Zentralflughafen THF / Central Airport THF
  • Zentralflughafen THF / Central Airport THF

Zentralflughafen THF / Central Airport THF Programme 2019

by Karim Aïnouz Border Lines

Tempelhof Airport in Berlin stands as a monument to the self-promotion of the Nazis, however, also became a symbol of freedom with the 1948/49 airlift. Since the autumn of 2015, the facility has been used as accommodation for refugees. Syrian Ibrahim and Iraqi Qutaiba, along with 2000 other refugees, dream of finally arriving somewhere. Between German lessons, medical checks and a heap of bureaucracy, they prepare for an uncertain future full of hope. Director Karim Aïnouz accompanied the pair over the period of one year, capturing their journey in images of formal stringency and subtle symbolism. ZENTRALFLUGHAFEN – THF is the portrait of a city within a city – and of a Europe caught between utopia and crisis. Winner of the Berlinale’s Amnesty International Film Prize.


  • Genre: DOC: Social Interest & Politics
  • Country, Year: Germany, France, Brazil, 2018
  • Runtime: 97 Min
  • Languages: Arabic, English, German, Russian
  • Subtitles: English
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  • Director: Karim Aïnouz
  • Cast: Ibrahim Al Hussein, Qutaiba Nafea
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  • Cinematography: Juan Sarmiento G.
  • Editor: Felix von Boehm
  • Sound: Moritz Springer
  • Music: Benedikt Schiefer
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  • Producer: Felix von Boehm
  • Co-Producers: Charlotte Uzu, Diane Maia, Joana Mariani
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  • Production Companies: Lupa Film, ARTE, RBB - Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, Les Films d'Ici, Mar Filmes, Canal Brasil, Cinema Inflamável
  • World Sales: Luxbox
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