Philip Scheffner or the exploration of the folds of history

Philip Scheffner is born in 1966 in Homburg, Saarland, and lives in Berlin since 1986, where he works as an artist and filmmaker. A unique voice in contemporary German documentary filmmaking, Scheffner questions, throughout his work, the construction of “truths”, whether these are media-based (Day of the Sparrow, Havarie), legal (Revision), historical or anthropological (The Halfmoon Files). Often starting from news items, his work puts his subjects into perspective in order to examine how they are reported to us. His filmmaking is also marked by a profoundly human process in which the protagonists are approached as equals. His feature-length films have been presented in the Forum section of the Berlinale, at the Yamagata Film Festival and at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York among others.
The Visions du Réel Masterclass will be given as a duo, with the German writer and filmmaker Merle Kröger, who, with Philip Scheffner, co-founded the pong production platform in Berlin. The Masterclass Philip Scheffner and Merle Kröger will be held on Thursday 19 April 2018, at 10:00.


  • And-Ek Ghes… (2016) 94′, co-réalisé avec Colorado Velcu
  • Havarie (2016) 93′
  • Revision (2012) 106′
  • Day of the Sparrow (2010) 100′
  • The Halfmoon Files (2007) 87′
  • a/c (2003) 42′
  • Juristic Bodies (1995) 49′, co-réalisé avec Jörg Heitmann