For two decades now, thousands of refugees have embarked on the perilous journey over the Mediterranean to reach safety and the dream of a new home free from war. But when a shipwreck makes the news these days, it’s usually confined to a few details and the number of casualties.
Who helps look for the missing? What happens if they don’t turn up? Who takes care of the many nameless, unidentified bodies? How do families cope?
Inspired by Sophocles’ ancient yet still resonant plea for human dignity, Nathalie Borgers’ film THE REMAINS follows two parallel narratives. The first focuses on those left to deal with the remains of each terrible shipwreck, half-forgotten by the rest of the world: the Greek islanders, cemetery gardeners, coastguards, fishermen, interpreters, and the asylum seekers still stuck in the island camp. Against that background she portrays a Syrian family’s reunion in Vienna, and the inconsolable sadness of losing 13 relatives whose bodies were never found, a grief that can find no resting place.


Feature Documentary, 89 min., 2018 Production: Navigatorfilm GmbH (Austria)
* DIAGONALE, Graz, Competition, 2019
* FIFF Créteil, Competition, 2019
* Dok.Fest München, 2019


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