16 mm / 1:1.33 / black
& white / mono / 70 min.
produced 1983 / 84
Produced & distributed
Nicolas Humbert Filmproduction
Nicolas Humbert, Philip Gröning & Michael Wogh
Philip Gröning, Michael Wogh, Iris Disse
Camera - Volker Tittel
Editing - Gisela Castronari
Sound - Sylvia Tewes, Gaston Kyriazi, Thomas Letocha
Music - Max
Art Direction - Isabella Obermaier
February 1985, Internationales Forum des jungen Films, Berlin
Philip, Max, and Julia
Rossmann are brothers and sister. Out of their own life,
they try to continue childhood bonds. Through their entanglement in a
mysterious event, the three are torn apart. For each, a new beginning.
begins a year later. Quite impulsively, Philip Rossmann leaves his hide-out
go and look for his lost brother. He meets former friends with whose help
tries to reconstruct his brother's trail. Despite the setbacks his research
he is able to track down his brother. They meet.
"Fog Chasers" is the story of a search, indeed countless searches
which break up
and begin again, as if there were no possibility of interrupting them.
goal is movement itself. A mad chase of a film. At the end of the hunt,
'saving' suitcase appears on the scene. But it's only a travel case. From
various stages evolves the picture. A film for lovers of photos of people
'Rossmann' is how
they are called, - the three siblings in Nicolas Humbert's first
long feature film "Fog Chasers". Surely it's not by chance 'Rossmann',
hero in Franz Kafka's novel 'America'. Just like him Philip, Max and Julia
'lost in the isolation of this society, - with each others as well as
with people in
general' (quotation by Max Brod from his supplement to 'America'). They
searching, they are on the run, with no chance to escape their own existance,
their despair, being lost in this world.
A year ago they were involved into a mysterious event, which tore them
Eachone found his own kind of hideout to live. One day Philip decides
his refuge and to search for his brother Max. Finally he finds him in
secluded old airplane hangar.
Nicolas Humbert tells his story in very short fragments, he leaves holes,
you astray, or leaves things just open. It's up to the audience to put
together. Who watches actively will soon be fascinated by this feverish
He will turn in a circle, be sometimes distressed by the harsh and very
often painfully white pictures and the strange panting sounds. It' a dangerous
walk on the ridge, or to say it with his own metaphor 'a delicate fog
(Zoom, 2/ 86)