where we used to sleep

where we used to sleep

26th TIDF: World Premiere

Valeria is the sole inhabitant of a small Romanian village, deserted due to the tons of mud from the nearby copper mine that have flooded the area, raising the level of the polluted local lake and drowning everything in their path. Only the church spire is now visible, strongly reminiscent of our own “weeping meadow.” With fortitude, stoicism, and courage, the elderly woman, accompanied by her few animals and some citizens who ask her to do what seems reasonable, refuses to leave her land, which now resembles a dystopian thriller. A disturbing socio-ecological documentary that revolves around its central protagonist, who literally gives lessons in life, dignity, and perseverance, standing tall in the face of utter destruction. The landscape photography is stunning, with the camera capturing images that balance between eerie beauty and total devastation.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Matthäus Wörle
Cinematography: Moritz Dehler
Editing: Matthäus Wörle, Felicitas Sonvilla
Sound: Matthäus Wörle
Music: Giuliano Loli
Production: Megaherz
Producers: Fidelis Mager, Oliver Gernstl
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Germany
Production Year: 2024
Duration: 83'
Contact: Megaherz

Matthäus Wörle


2018 Lifetime (short)
2020 Sealand (short)
2022 Geamăna (short)
2023 Peace Lab (short)
2024 where we used to sleep