Homesick Lungs combines 3D animations, screen recordings and documentary footage to form an essay on reconstructed memory, marked by the death of a horse and the sale of the director’s childhood farm.
There are a myriad of ways in which we can cling to the memory of a beloved place from which we are torn apart. Felix Klee chooses to slide down the thread of memory and image, hoping to preserve every shadow, every rustle of grass, every crevice of the family farm on the verge of being sold. What can’t be filmed can be reconstructed: the wind-blown leaves in 3D have their poetry. The feeling of inevitable end accumulates through the heavy breath of a sick horse, the paintings of dead horses, the obsession with a space lost and then found again, for a while, in Google Maps’ abstract shapes. Homesick Lungs looks like an end-of-the-world diary, where a dying horse and the childhood farm are the last redoubts to be destroyed. (Andreea Chiper, BIEFF 2022)
Felix Klee (b. 1990) lives and works in Munich where he currently studies directing for documentary film at University of Television and Film Munich. In 2022 he and Gisela Carbajal Rodríguez received the 12 month media art scholarship and artist-residency from Kirch foundation, Regina Hesselberger and HFF Munich. Between 2020-2022 he has been serving as youth advisory board member at Locarno Film Festival. He is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts Munich where he studied time-based media and painting. He has studied painting as well at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg and was a guest student at Universidad de las Artes Aguascalientes Mexico.
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Homesick Lungs combines 3D animations, screen recordings and documentary footage to form an essay on reconstructed memory, marked by the death of a horse and the sale of the director's childhood farm.