An Impossible Project

A Film by Jens Meurer

About


Supersense founder Florian 'Doc' Kaps and filmmaker Jens Meurer met seven years ago at a small Italian restaurant in Berlin. As Doc knew that Jens was an experienced and quite successful filmmaker and producer, he did his very best to get him excited about the Impossible adventure to keep Polaroid film alive. They ended up diving deep into discussions about the wonderful re-discovery of everything analog in our digital world.

To Doc's delight, Jens called him just a few days later to inform him about his decision to start working on a documentary on this thrilling topic, and, above all, to shoot this film completely analog and even on 35mm!! After a successful Kickstarter campaign to finance the film and six years in the making, the film is finally out!

"An Impossible Project" ist shot on glorious Kodak 35mm - when everyone had assumed film was 'over'- and with a full orchestral film score recorded live direct-to-vinyl, this sumptuous feature documentary mirrors the unlikely and often tragi-comic underdog story of its hero, the eccentric Viennese biologist, who set out to save the world's last Polaroid factory.

The Film


In 2008, as we were all salivating over our first iPhone, an eccentric former biologist, Dr. Florian Kaps - better known as 'Doc' - had a strange calling. He decided to save the last Polaroid factory in the world, in Enschede in the Netherlands. At first the venture failed miserably. But the Doc never gives up and what follows is a heart-warming and inspiring trip into the new power of analogue - taking him to maybe one of the unlikeliest places of all: Silicon Valley.

Doc might have saved the factory, retrieved the machines from the scrap yard and persuaded the workers to return, but he had overlooked that the chemicals and formula to make Polaroid’s vintage instant film had been lost. Unwilling to let this minor technical hiccup hold him back, Doc finds inspiration in a worldwide community of believers devoted to the analogue dream, including calligraphers, vinyl aficionados and Moleskine book binders. But even though Doc dares to dream bigger than most, charisma and persuasion can only get you so far in a tech-driven world that’s addicted to moving faster and faster.

Still, something is changing. A generation of young people seek to reconnect with authenticity, ready to swim against the digital tide. It's a big conversation, world-wide: 'Digital' only ever addresses two senses, sight and sound. But humans have five, and we are learning that to neglect three of these comes with a price: what the New York Times called The Tyranny of Convenience. 'Analog' – things you can touch, tech that makes you think and slow down – offers liberation. The raw appeal of analogue gear, from vintage cameras to televisions, books, vinyl and radio: What was suddenly unfashionable once again is vital. As Doc puts it, "Analogue isn't retro... It’s a decision, a choice."

Can the good doctor offer an alternative path through trolling, fake news and information overload?

"An Impossible Project" is a colourful, stylish study of a unique and inspiring individual, as well as a thought-provoking exploration of the priorities of a society evolving faster than it can even comprehend, ‘An Impossible Project’ continues filmmaker Jens Meurer’s illuminating back catalogue of documentary features. A previous recipient of the European Academy Award as 'Documentary Filmmaker Of The Year', his work includes 'Public Enemy', 'Jeckes' and 'Egoli: My South African Home Movie'. He is also the producer of films such as 'Russian Ark', 'Olivier Assayas', 'Carlos' and Paul Verhoeven's 'Black Book'.

Shot on analogue 35mm film (of course), the original soundtrack was recorded direct-to-disc by a 40-piece jazz orchestra with the sensational Haley Reinhart on vocals and the titles hand-printed by Erik Spiekermann. 'An Impossible Project' is rich in curiosity and good humour, celebrating the potent and lasting connections between humans and technology, and serving as a timely reminder that not only are we all unique, but humans are the most analogue project of all.

Screenings


Six years in the making, this heart-warming, Tati-esque celebration of the analogue heroes who dare to swim against the digital tide will celebrate its world premiere at the prestigious International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) on Sunday, 26th January, 2020, as part of the "Deep Focus" strand.

Director Jens Meurer and main protagonist Dr. Florian 'Doc' Kaps will attend the festival and are available for interviews. IFFR takes place from 22 January - 2 February, 2020. The film will screen on 35mm and digitally – a rare treat for a documentary in 2020.

Sun 26 Jan, 13:30 - 15:09
Cinerama 1 WITH Q&A

Mon 27 Jan, 17:30 - 19:09
KINO 4 WITH Q&A

Thu 30 Jan, 17:15 - 18:49
Pathé 7

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