Director
Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Búrca
Country
Germany, Brazil
Year
2017
Date
Thu 21/09 - Sun 24/09
Time
11:00 - 17:00
Duration
22 mins
Location
The Barrels

Bye bye Deutschland! Eine Lebensmelodie follows the life of a couple of singers from Münster who became known for covering the most prominent voices of distinct eras of Schlager music. While Markus got recognition through youtube tributes to Udo Jürgens (known for introducing French Chanson in 1970s Schlager) Steffi often performs the repertoire of Helene Fischer, a contemporary Schlager icon who opened the genre to a Global Pop standard. 

Combining the conventions of Direct Cinema and Musical, the film approaches the rebirth of an industry that, in the public image, is often associated to a collective day-dreaming of foreign lands, simple texts with nationalist imaginary or heavy duty sentimentalism. Schlager as a music genre is as hard to define as it is unproductive to simplify the contexts in which it has been produced over the last 50 years. Today it divides opinions and touches both those who love it and those who don’t.

About Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Búrca

Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Búrca's film Estás vendo coisas / You are seeing things (2017) is also screening in the Berwick New Cinema Competition programme Surge Channel.


Trained as a journalist and photographer Brazilian artist Bárbara Wagner understands how media is implicated in manipulating perceptions, often creating historical myths and stereotypes. Since 2005, she has independently produced photographic series and publications on the representation of tradition, both in in Brazil and abroad. The German born, Irish artist Benjamin de Búrca has a practice in the arts since 2000 where painting, photography and video are equally important in his work. Working in collaboration since 2011, they are interested in the space documentary and art both share. Their more recent investigations concentrate on collective practices and traditional rituals specifically manifested in the body of youths living in the peripheries of Brazil’s Northeast which lose their connotations of symbolic resistance to become products of tourism and entertainment industry. Wagner and de Burca participated in the 33rd Panorama de Arte Brasileira (São Paulo), 36th EVA International (Limerick), 32nd São Paulo Biennial and 5th Skulptur Projekte Münster. They live and work in Recife, Brazil.

Selected filmography

ByeBye Deutschland! (2017), Estás vendo coisas / You are seeing things (2017), Faz que vai / Set to go (2016), Cinema Casino (2013)