Germany, Switzerland 2023 – Director: Christian Johannes Koch, Jonas Matauschek – Original language: German, Tamil – Subtitles: English, German

In 2018, anthracite mining comes to an end in Germany. Generations of miners have known nothing but shift work underground and coal dust on their skin and under their fingernails. Now this era is ending and a new one is dawning. The film accompanies five miners as they cross the threshold into the unknown. A grand documentary narrative filmed in Cinemascope. Ysabel Fantou


English/Original Title: ONCE WE WERE PITMEN. Writer: Christian Johannes Koch und Jonas Matauschek. Camera: Sebastian Klatt. Sound: Waldemar Bruch. Editing: Natali Barrey. Music: Alexandre J. Maurer. Production: Catpics AG/ Elemag Pictures GmbH. Producer: Rajko Jazbec, Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer, Sarah Born, Dario Schoch. Length: 105 min. Distribution: Filmperlen.


Christian Johannes Kochwas born in Lucerne and first studied photography in Leipzig, then film directing at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF.

Jonas Matauschek was born in Dresden and studied photography in Leipzig and film in Halle.


Christian Johannes Koch
SPAGAT, CH 2020, 110 min. (fictional)

Jonas Matauschek
Habitat, DE 2017, 79 min. (together with Emerson Culurgioni)

Nominated for the DOK.deutsch Wettbewerb

Intense stories and the unusual on one's own doorstep: the competition presents films that deal with people and topics in German-speaking countries. The VIKTOR DOK.deutsch Competition is endowed with 7,500 euros. The prize sponsor is Sky.


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DOK.deutsch Wettbewerb 2023
  • Thursday
    HFF - Audimax
    Original with English subtitles (Q&A with directors, team and protagonists)
  • Sunday
    Rio 1
    Original with English subtitles (Q&A with director Christian Koch)
  • Tuesday
    Einstein 28
    Original with English subtitles
  • Saturday
    Rio 2
    Original with English subtitles