Fairy-tale fantasy about a German girl, Katharina, who gets involved in a very particular adventure: arriving in the little Italian pottery-town of Deruta she meets four ceramists who immediately recognize her extraordinary mediumistic powers. Each time she works at the potter's wheel, she goes into a trance. In the world of the subconscious the ceramists seem to her like alchemists in their research of the Philosopher's Stone, which many years ago was stolen by the Golem. With the help of her talents as a medium, Katharina and her new friends find the mythical stone as they travel through spectacular moments of the history of ceramics in Deruta. Unfortunately - after they find the stone - the people no longer understand its significance.
"The director has faced the problem openly, using two sources of inspiration, one poetic, "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carrol, which suggests the theme of internal travel; the other, Scientific and Humanistic, is based on the theories of Jung resulting from his study of alchemy. In particular, Jung saw the process of transformation of the material the alchemists were working on, reflected by the change within, wherever Man confronts his subconscious. The alchemist, like the ceramist, due to his particular relationship with the primeordeal elements and their combinations, can be taken as a perfect example when demonstrating this theory."
Luigi Branchetti's review in "Il Corriere" 4th September, 1989
ITALY, 90', 16mm, colour
Production: WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Köln / HR Hessicher Rundfunk, Frankfurt / Brintrup-Filmproduktion, Rome
|CAST||Ursula von Baechler, Remo Remotti, Romano Ranieri, Jorge Krimer, Eraldo Chiúchiú, Achille Brugnini u.a.|
|MUSIC||Sergei Sergejewitsch Prokofjew|
|CAMERA||Ali Reza Movahed|
|AUDIO POSTPRODUCTION||Adriano Taloni|
|LOCATION MANAGER||Luigi Branchetti|
|WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY||Georg Brintrup|
|TV PRODUCERS||Christhardt Burgmann, Winfried Schoeller|
|PRODUCTION||Brintrup-Filmproduktion, HR, WDR|
|FIRST BROADCAST||WDR 3 am 10.8.1989|
|REPLAY||HR 3 am 9.1.1990|
|FESTIVALS||Festival del Cinema Italiano, Roma 1990|