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Behind Green Doors

Original title Gruene Tueren in Hetzeldorf


Hetzeldorf is a village in Transylvania. After the Romanian revolution, almost all residents of German descents have emigrated. Some old peolpe have stayed, but also two young farmers and their families who live in seemingly archaic culture and language. The emigrations changed a lot. One thing is the colors of the village. The estates of the Saxons always had green gates. The first ones to leave for Germany sold their estates for a song. The new owners repainted the gates in their own colors: greyish-blue and brown. For a bare year, we are attending the protagonists and their families. Documentary sketches of work and everyday-life tell something about the life of pragmatic individuals. Peter’s musings about quality of life sound like this: „ It’s not that I could eat or drink any more over there than I do here.“

Author/s Klaus Betzl

Born in 1979, Klaus Betzl grew up in a small town in southern Bavaria, Germany. He left the school with the general qualification for university and after community service got in contact with Munich’s film buisness. For two years he was a trainee in several film production and broadcasting companies. From 2001 to 2007 he studied cinematography and design at Dortmund University for Applied Sciences and Arts. Seeking constantly for collaboration with students from other film schools, he shot several short films and documentaries as a director of photography. Some of them were awarded at important film festivals. After his final degree with the self-directed documentary film \”Grüne Türen in Hetzeldorf – Behind Green Doors\” he started working as a freelancer director of photography.

Photography Michaelsen, Florian
Sound Klaus Betzl
Editing Meyer, Janine