e353e7ec-992a-4aa7-b3f5-40fd9f1967b9.png Friday March 13th, 2020

A note to our readers:

Many venues listed on Screen Slate have announced closures lasting until at least the end of March or indefinitely. This includes Anthology Film Archives, Film at Lincoln Center, Light Industry, MoMA, and Spectacle. We are doing our best to monitor these and update them, and we'll share notices on Twitter. Because all arts institutions, regardless of relative or perceived size or scale are extremely vulnerable, we highly recommend that readers in a position to support them do so, and we and have linked to their donate/membership pages above.

New Yorkers have been officially advised to avoid crowds, and we encourage readers to consider the most vulnerable in our community before attending any public events. A forecast published today by the New York Times shows that without measures such as ending public gatherings and closing workplaces — and the sooner, the better — 1 million Americans could die. Executives, managers, and administrators are faced with difficult, delicate decisions. Closures may have adverse effects on venues, distributors, artists, and employees, and we as a community must resolve to support them.

Screen Slate currently has text published for screenings through Sunday. We’ll continue to blast these out as normal through the weekend and note how to view things remotely as possible. We hope you enjoy reading about these films and seek them out to view at home or after the pandemic subsides.

Over the next few days, the Screen Slate brain trust is discussing how to move forward during this strange time. It is unlikely that we will continue to publish listings. Nevertheless, we’ve published 365 days without fail for more than nine years, and we’re all enthusiastic about keeping the streak alive. We're kicking around a lot of ideas about how to maintain a spirit of community and cinematic discovery during this time and look forward to sharing them. And we hope getting your Screen Slate email every morning around 10am helps you to maintain some small semblance of comfort and normalcy.

Thanks for your readership and patience, and wishing you well.

Best regards,
Jon Dieringer

Screen Slate Founder/Editor


The first shot of the film gives a sense of its general bearing: A patient, steady tilt up a rusted signpost in the middle of the woods. At the top, a hand-painted message is translated "According to legend, here stood Grandmother's house." Nearby are corrugated metal cut-outs of the hunter, the wolf, the grandmother, and Little Red Riding Hood, the martyred reminder that evil may come in familiar clothing.

After this brief prologue, Heimat Is a Space in Time proceeds in black and white for three-and-a-half hours, spanning two world wars and four generations of German intellectuals. Thomas Heise's own family archives are paired with cinematographer Stefan Neuberger's present-day footage. The documents include school assignments and identification papers, résumés and recipes, letters of entreaty and betrothal, diary entries, children's drawings, and much else besides. For the non-German-speaking audience, the eye must learn to flit between the impressive images and the dense narration, translated in subtitles. Fortunately, Heise's voice is a compelling guide. Emptied of all dramatic affect, it achieves an easy proximity with those for whom he speaks.

In one sequence, we scan for half an hour a scroll of names and addresses, most appearing alongside ominous blue checkmarks. Meanwhile, Heise reads a series of letters from his great-grandparents in 1942 as they await their deportation to the Polish camps. "Life is becoming all the more beautiful," Elsa Hirschhorn writes to her daughter, "Today we had very good fried potatoes." Here and elsewhere, the silence of the receiving party is striking and terrible. That only one set of letters survives emphasizes one of Heise's central theses: a confusion of fragments is often more truthful than the coherence of narrative.

Neuberger's camera returns frequently to the labor camp at Zerbst, where Wolfgang and Hans Heise – as punishment for their “miscegenated” births – were made to build a Nazi airstrip. The old barracks still stand, now with huge wind turbines looming above them. The film's other visual fixation is with railways of all kinds, from rapid transit to freight. The trains invoke the human cargo of the Holocaust, but also provide a metaphor for the family's pervasive fatalism. Late one night, a brakeman cuts cargo cars away from each other so they can be sorted by the switch into the yard.

"The film is about people who cannot escape their history," Heise has said. After the fall of the Third Reich came the bifurcation of Germany and the implementation of a Communist regime in the East. One sequence pairs a declassified Stasi neighborhood surveillance report on the Heise household with images of a swan prodding at some rotting fish carcass. The liberal capitalism to follow would be too late to torment the Heises for long – besides Thomas, the surviving members are in hospitals and nursing homes by the film's end. Instead, we find its victims on a morning U-bahn platform, wearing Yankees caps and military fatigues, glancing nervously into the camera.

Home viewing note: today was to be Heimat is a Space in Time's US theatrical premiere run. It is distributed by Icarus, whose catalog is available to stream on, where it will presumably arrive in the future.

Screen Slate is made possible by reader support
Become a Patron
Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles 2019 130 min DCP
1:00pm 4:00pm 7:00pm 9:45pm
Corneliu Porumboiu 2019 97 min DCP
12:30pm 2:30pm 4:30pm 7:00pm 9:10pm
Diao Yinan 2019 113 min DCP
12:30pm 2:40pm 4:55pm 7:15pm 9:30pm
Ken Loach 2019 100 min DCP
12:30pm 2:30pm 4:50pm 7:00pm 9:10pm
Robert Montgomery 1947 101 min 35mm
12:30pm 7:00pm
Alfred Hitchcock 1950 110 min DCP
Berthold Viertel 1935 90 min 35mm
Alfred Hitchcock 1941 99 min DCP
Martin Scorsese 1976 113 min DCP
Brian De Palma 2000 113 min 35mm
Hirokazu Kore-eda 2018 121 min DCP
Naoto Takenaka 1991 107 min 35mm
Satoshi Kon 2003 92 min DCP
12:45pm 3:00pm 5:15pm 7:30pm
Michael Mann 1992 122 min 35mm
2019 138 min DCP
* With director Xawery Żuławski and DP Andrzej J. Jaroszewicz in person
Carlo Mirabella-Davis 2020 94 min DCP
Levan Akin 2019 113 min DCP
12:00pm 4:40pm 7:00pm
Cindy Meehl 2019 101 min DCP
12:15pm 2:30pm 4:45pm 7:00pm 9:20pm
D.W. Young 2019 99 min DCP
12:30pm 2:45pm 5:00pm 7:15pm 9:30pm
Liz Garbus 2020 95 min DCP
1:00pm 3:00pm 5:15pm 7:30pm 9:30pm
Jan Komasa 2019 116 minutes min DCP
2:20pm 9:20pm
521 West 21st Street, New York, NY 10011
Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Closes Mar 21
Tues-Sun, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; open until 8 Thurs-Sat
Closes Mar 22
512 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
Tuesday-Friday, Noon to 6:00 pm; Saturday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Closes Mar 22
537/535 West 22nd Street, New York, NY10011
Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Closes Apr 11
48 Walker St, New York, NY 10013
Tues- Saturday 10AM- 6PM
Closes Dec 20
38 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
Wednesday- Friday, 2:00pm - 8:00pm; Saturday, 12:00pm to 8:00pm; Sunday 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Closes Mar 22
235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
Wednesday, Friday-Sunday, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm; Thursday, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Closes Apr 5
131 Bowery, 2nd floor New York, NY 10002
Wednesday-Sunday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Closes Apr 5
47 Walker Street New York, NY 10013
Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Closes Apr 18
e-flux, 311 East Broadway, New York, NY 10002, USA
Closes Apr 4
291 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002
Wednesday - Saturday, 10:00am - 6:00pm; Sunday, noon - 6:00pm
Closes May 3
159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Wednesday-Sunday, noon to 7:00 pm
Closes Apr 12
159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Wednesday-Sunday, noon to 7:00 pm
Closes Apr 19
36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106
Wednesday–Thursday, 10:30 am to 5:00 pm; Fridays, 10:30 am to 8:00 pm (free admission: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm); Saturday–Sunday, 10:30 am to 6:00 pm
Closes Dec 31
36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106
Wednesday–Thursday, 10:30 am to 5:00 pm; Fridays, 10:30 am to 8:00 pm (free admission: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm); Saturday–Sunday, 10:30 am to 6:00 pm
Closes Jul 19
Copyright © 2020 Screen Slate, Inc., All rights reserved.