Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit
Since 1983 he has worked as a free-lance writer and director in the areas of theatre, audio drama and documentary. Until the end of the GDR all his documentary efforts were, however, either blocked, destroyed or confiscated. Heise found an artistic home at the theatre, where he co-operated closely with author and director Heiner Müller. Between 1987 and 1990 Heise acquired his MA at the Berlin Academy of Fine Art. He was a member of the Berlin Ensemble until 1997, where he acted as contributing director for a number of productions. He was teaching as a professor for Film and Media Art at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design between 2007 and 2013.
Since 2013 he is working as a professor for Art and Film at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria. Since 2018 he is the director of the Film and Media Arts section at the Academy of Arts Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany.
2019 HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME, doc.
2014 STAEDTEBEWOHNER, doc.
2012 CONSEQUENCE (GEGENWART), doc.
2012 CONDITION (DIE LAGE), doc.
2011 SOLAR SYSTEM (SONNENSYSTEM), doc.
2009 MATERIAL, doc.
2007 CHILDREN. AS TIME FLIES (KINDER. WIE DIE ZEIT VERGEHT), doc.
2006 LUCKY (NIGGERS) / IM GLÜCK (NEGER), doc.
2005 MEIN BRUDER. WE’LL MEET AGAIN, doc.
2004 THE FOREIGNER (DER AUSLÄNDER), doc.
2002 FATHERLAND (VATERLAND), doc.
2000 MY LOCAL (MEINE KNEIPE), doc.
1999/2000 NEUSTADT (JAMMED – THE STATE OF THINGS / NEUSTADT (STAU – DER STAND DER DINGE), doc.
1997 BARLUSCHKE, doc.
1992 JAMMED – LET’S GET MOVING / STAU – JETZT GEHT’S LOS, doc.
1991 IRON AGE (EISENZEIT), doc.
1989 IMBISS SPEZIAL, doc.
1985 PEOPLE’S POLICE (VOLKSPOLIZEI/1985), doc. ; banned until 1990
1984 THE HOUSE (DAS HAUS/1984), doc. ; banned until 1990
1982 INVENTOR (ERFINDER 82), short doc. ; part of diploma studies, deemed as politically unacceptable by DEFA Studio for Documentary Films and destroyed, terminated studies at Institute for Film and Television Studies
1980 WHY A FILM ABOUT THESE PEOPLE (WOZU DENN ÜBER DIESE LEUTE EINEN FILM), short doc, banned until October 1989
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Thomas Heise
Written by: Thomas Heise
Produced by: Heino Deckert
Cinematography: Stefan Neuberger
Editing: Chris Wright
Sound: Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer
Nominations and Awards
- EFA Documentary Selection 2019