Nebel Jagen (Fog Chasers)

16 mm / 1:1.33 / black & white / mono / 70 min.
produced 1983 / 84
released 1985

Produced & distributed by
Nicolas Humbert Filmproduction
Aventinstrasse 1
D-80469 München


Directed by
Nicolas Humbert

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. The film
begins a year later. Quite impulsively, Philip Rossmann leaves his hide-out to
go and look for his lost brother. He meets former friends with whose help he
tries to reconstruct his brother's trail. Despite the setbacks his research brings,
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. Until the
goal is movement itself. A mad chase of a film. At the end of the hunt, the
'saving' suitcase appears on the scene. But it's only a travel case. From the
various stages evolves the picture. A film for lovers of photos of people on the


'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', like the
hero in Franz Kafka's novel 'America'. Just like him Philip, Max and Julia are
'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 are
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 apart.
Eachone found his own kind of hideout to live. One day Philip decides to leave
his refuge and to search for his brother Max. Finally he finds him in a very
secluded old airplane hangar.
Nicolas Humbert tells his story in very short fragments, he leaves holes, leads
you astray, or leaves things just open. It's up to the audience to put the puzzle
together. Who watches actively will soon be fascinated by this feverish search.
He will turn in a circle, be sometimes distressed by the harsh and very contrasty,
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 chase'.

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