The Mystery of the Danube Script

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A german scientist discovered writings from the Stone Age, that may change our understanding of history.

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From the wild and untouched region of the Balkans comes a remarkable story, that shatters our knowledge about the origins of civilization. According to latest scientific findings, the people from the so called Danube Civilization lived in cities, used copper tools and script thousands of years earlier than any other high culture in the world. But conservative historians reject the idea of an early civilization in Europe, that existed 8000 years ago. This documentary accompanies a brilliant scientist on his journey to the Danube Valley. Harald Haarmann wants to convince the Mesopotamian Scholars. If he discovers the oldest sentence ever written, he would have changed history!

The Einstein of linguistics

Harald Haarmann is the world leading specialist of ancient scripts and languages. He was appointed to professorships in Germany, Japan an the USA. He speaks nine languages, wrote over 50 books. A lot of them became standard works in the domain of languages. According to him, the Danube Script is the oldest writing in the world! With this theory, Harald Haarmann can change history. He is a highly recognised scientist who risks his reputation with this quest. Because now, he wants to prove his theory once for all.

History would have to be rewritten

This documentary is the story about a brilliant scientist, whose theory shatters everything we know about the history of humanity. But conservative historians refuse to accept his idea, that people in the Stone Age already used writing to communicate. They wait for the ultimate proof. We accompany Harald Haarmann on his quest for the evidence: the oldest sentence ever written! He is going to investigate the latest discoveries and also the most astonishing artifacts, covered in writing.

The Mystery of the Danube Script is also a journey through the wild and untouched nature of the Balkans, where the people of the Danube Civilization lived. From the steep and rocky Danube Valley, to the picturesque landscape of Transylvania, down to the golden shore of the Black Sea.

It began with Noah´s flood and ended with the invention of gold

Noah´s flood really happened. 9000 years ago, after the last Ice Age the sea level rose and flooded a fertile region, which today is called the Black Sea. The people of this region founded new settlements in the Danube Valley. Scientists call this society Danube Civilization. This people were the first in history who used copper tools, they lived in two-storied houses and sat on chairs, while the rest of the world was stuck in the middle of the Stone Age. And they invented writing. This culture lived 2000 years in peace as an equivalent society. But then, they discovered gold. This marks the end of the Danube Civilization. Warriors from the russian steppe extinguished this society 6000 years ago. The era of money and power began.

Narrative

We will travel with Harald Haarmann to archeological sites on the Balkans (Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia), where the most ancient writings of the world have been found. Signs and symbols on mysterious artifacts. He is going to investigate the latest discoveries and also the most astonishing findings. Step by step, he gives evidence. We are going to confront the Mesopotamians with his arguments.

Local archeologists of the Danube Region will introduce this civilization and their accomplishments to the audience. We are going to visit the oldest copper mines of the world, we will bake bread using ovens, that are 8000 years old. And we will rebuild their houses – a scientific project of the university of Belgrade.

The US-scientist Toby Griffen is going to decipher the oldest sentence ever written. We are going to show how it works, to decipher ancient scripts. One thing is already known about this sentence, its message: God is a Woman!

ICH-UDO / MOI JE… comédien Udo Kier

ICH-UDO / MOI JE… comédien Udo Kier
ME-UDO…a Western-Road-Movie

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Language/countryGerman / GermanyStatusfinished / 2012 / Length:43’CategoryOne-Off
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Bislang gab es nur EINE Doku über Udo Kier – vom Regisseur Christoph Schlingensief. Rund 18 Jahre später hat sich endlich wieder jemand an das enfant terrible ran gewagt….entstanden ist ein etwas anderes Road-Movie über den Ausnahmeschauspieler Udo Kier. Als Cowboy im wilden Westen Amerikas inmitten eines Trips durch Stationen seines Lebens.

Er war blutrünstiger Vampir, androgyner Schönling und psychopathischer Killer. Er ist mit Lars von Trier befreundet und hat in nahezu jedem seiner Filme einen eindrucksvollen Auftritt. Sein Gesicht mit den blassgrünen Augen hat sich beim Zuschauer fest eingeprägt. Udo Kier ist einer der wenigen deutschen Schauspieler, die es via Hollywood zu Weltruhm brachten. Seit über 50 Jahren spielte er in über 250 Filmen: von Arthouse bis Blockbuster.Seinen Einstieg in Amerika hat er in “My Own Private Idaho”. Kier überzeugt darin als unheimlicher Biedermann namens Hans. Dass er schließlich in Hollywood blieb, lag an einem glücklichen Zufall, wie so vieles in seinem Leben. “Ich war hier zum Dreh für „My Own Private Idaho“ und wollte eigentlich wieder weg. Es war mein letzter Abend, und meine Freunde kochten ein Abschiedsessen. Mein Koffer war schon gepackt.” Sie fragten ihn, ob er nicht bleiben wolle. “Nach vier Gläsern Rotwein hab ich Ja gesagt.“ Entgegen seiner „typischen“ Rollen lebt Udo Kier gesittet mit seinen zwei von der Strasse aufgelesenen Hunden inklusive Palmengarten in Palm Springs. Den Hang zum Exzentrischen zelebriert er auch privat: vor Jahren rettet er eine denkmalgeschützte Bibliothek in Palm Springs vor dem Abriss. Inzwischen hat er sie zur Residenz ausgebaut.

Die Bilder seines Alltages ähneln einem Western. Endlose Wüstenlandschaften, wie für einen Kinofilm geschaffen, eine staubige Geisterstadt aus den 40iger Jahren und die endlosen Highways sind die Sets aus Udo Kiers Wahlheimat USA auf denen Autor & Regisseur Jeremy JP Fekete dem Ausnahmeschauspieler begegnet. Einmal ganz Cowboy, dann wieder egozentrisches Enfant terrible, setzt sich Udo Kier der Kamera aus, verweigert, gibt sich ungeniert und fordert. „ICH-UDO“ ist ein etwas anderes Road-Movie, welches den Zuschauer nicht nur auf die Spitze des Mount Jacinto und runter ins Tal der riesigen Windmills-Felder entführt sondern auch die Höhen und Tiefen des amerikanisierten Europäers entdecken lässt.

E N G L I S H

He was a bloodthirsty vampire, an androgynous Adonis and a psychopathic killer. He’s a friend of the director Lars von Trier. He gives an impressive performance in almost every one of his films. His face and his pale green eyes have etched themselves into the minds of his audiences. Udo Kier is one of the few German actors to achieve global fame via Hollywood. In the past fifty years, he has been in more than 250 films, ranging from art-house productions to blockbusters. Kier first major role was as a sinister upright citizen called Hans. The fact that he ended up staying in Hollywood was down to serendipity, like so much else in his life.

F E S T I V A L / NOMINATION-FINALIST, FLIPSIDE TV FILM FESTIVAL, USA-CA,2013 Category: Documentary & Reality

F E S T I V A L WINNER “FINALIST CERTIFICATION”, NEW YORK FESTIVALS, USA, 2013, Category: Film & Video Awards, Documentaries

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