Die Fliegen (The Birds II)

The Flies (The Birds II)

Susann Maria Hempel


Susann Maria Hempel visits the ruins of her former home in Greiz and explores the beauty of decay. Her film is a homage to electronic music pioneer Oskar Sala, also a native of Greiz, who created the sound effects for Hitchcock’s The Birds. In collaboration with the Institute for Special Zoology and Evolutionary Biology in Jena, she choreographs flies moving to Sala’s music with a high-speed camera in an increasingly decaying environment.

Director / Cinematography / Editing

Susann Maria Hempel


Jan M. Sieber, Susann Maria Hempel


Oskar Sala


Susann Maria Hempel

Porträt von Susann Maria Hempel, Filmemacherin

Susann Maria Hempel

Experimental film-maker Susann Maria Hempel studied media design at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. She lives and works in Greiz, Thuringia, and has received numerous prizes and scholarships, including the Bremen Award for Video Art, the German Short Film Award in Gold, a residency scholarship from the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Hörspiel des Jahres 2018, as well as the HAP Grieshaber Prize awarded by Stiftung Kunstfonds (the Art Fund Foundation) and VG BILD-KUNST.

Films by Susann Maria Hempel (Selection)
Der große Gammel 2013 | Wie ist die Welt so stille 2012 | Der Mann, der nicht weinen wollte 2009 | Der weinende Dritte 2008