This short film is about Jano's journey of having to come to terms with the death of the love of his life, David. It's a story about learning to let someone go and finding the strength to keep going despite the pain.
This short film is about Jano who has to come to terms with the love of his life, David, having died. Whilst his biggest wish is for everything to go back to the way it used to be, he also knows that that's simply not possible. Along with David, he seems to have lost happiness and joy; instead he feels nothing but sadness, pain and fear that's rooted in not knowing where to even go from here.
During the night after the funeral, the burden of all these feelings weighs especially heavy on Jano's shoulders. Completely exhausted he lets himself drift off into a world somewhere between life and death. That's where he encounters David. And even though there's a part of Jano that would give everything to stay there forever, he's also not fully ready to give up his life in exchange. Torn between the love for David and his desire to live, Jano has to decide which way to go: The one alongside David or the one back to life?
What is the project goal and who is the project for?
This short film is for people who enjoy going on an emotional journey with a character trying to find their way in midst of pain and hope.
Furthermore we are aiming to contribute to strengthening the representation of the LGBTQ+ community in (German) film. More on that under "Why would you support this project?"
Why would you support this project?
The whole project as well as the story itself mean a lot to us. Therefore we want to make this the best short film we possibly can. That's where we need your help: We simply cannot do it without people like you who believe in the project, trust us with it and are willing to support us (financially).
Here are a few words about the topical background of the story.
The loss of a loved one - a universal issue told in an unusual way Losing a loved one, accepting they are gone and finding a way to deal with said loss is probably one of the biggest and most painful challenges we have to face in life. To "keep going" oftentimes seems like something that's impossible to do. Instead you find yourself stuck between the inexpressible wish that everything goes back to the way it used to be, and the poignant realisation that that's simply not possible. That's where at a loss (WT) begins: After losing the love of his life, David, Jano is faced with the question if and how he can keep going without David. The film takes place during the night after the funeral and follows Jano on his journey towards the answer to said question. To tell the story of this usually rather long process in such a compressed way within one night, allows us to fully focus on Jano and his inner battle between the fear of not being able to keep going and the feeling of wanting to continue to live. Simultaneously, the film also takes the time to take a look at Jano's and David's relationship in the form of "flashbacks" and David himself who "appears" a few times during the night. Thus, as much as the film focuses on Jano's pain and the heaviness of his grief, ultimately, it is a story about the love Jano and David share.
Desperate for representation - homosexuality that is not the main topic of the film Queer characters and their relationships are still largely underrepresented in (German) film and TV. We are strongly convinced that everyone's story deserves to be told and should be told - regardless of their sexuality. Better representation in the film- and TV-landscape can play a crucial part in strengthening acceptance within society as well - something that we find worth promoting. at a loss (WT) aims to be a small but mighty contribution to that process. The fact that this is a story of a gay couple without their homosexuality being the topic of the film at all, is also to be understood as a clear statement: Jano is gay, but not only gay. His life, his story as well as the love he and David share are complex, multifaceted, full of highs and lows, happiness and pain - just like it is the case for straight people. A queer person's life is not solely about the face that they are queer. Beyond the representation itself, at a loss (WT) also aims to strengthen the awareness for that fact.
How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?
The money raised through this campaign plays an important role in financing this project. It will help us cover costs in different areas:
material needed to build sets in the film studio
on set catering for cast and crew
accommodations for actors
masks and covid-tests
Unfortunately the Covid-Pandemic has made it incredibly hard to find financial supporters and sponsors. On top of that it causes additional costs, e.g. for masks and testing. Making sure that our cast & crew are safe on set and that there are no health-risks is our top-priority. The money we raise with this campaign will help us to do so.
Who are the people behind the project?
The core of the Day4Night Films team is made of four film students who are currently in their 6th semester at the WAM Media Academy in Dortmund, GER.
Hannah (22): Writer and Director
Jakob (23): Director of Photography
Dani (37): Head of Production and Cutter
Maurice (23): Production-Assistant
Of course, right behind them there is a whole crew of young creative people who contribute to the project in their departments.