Rückenlage / Upside Down interprets the personal story of Rudolf Hess’s mysterious flight to Scotland in 1941. The Deputy Führer of the Third Reich unexpectedly flew to Scotland claiming he wanted to ‘negotiate peace.’ Narrated through his many letters to his family, we hear his motivations, thoughts and feelings about the flight. While trying to change the course of history, Hess only managed to change his own completely, and he spent the rest of his life in prison until his death in 1987.
The film is a visual journey through Scotland’s skies. It is also a journey through the mind of Hess and his romantic ideas about his failed mission.
Screening Formats: Digi Beta, DV-Cam
NOMINATED – Silver Cub Award – IDFA 2006
NOMINATED – Best Short Documentary – Full Frame Film Festival 2007
NOMINATED – Best Short Documentary – DOCNZ
HONOURABLE MENTION – Best Short Experimental Film – Vermont International Film Festival 2006
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Edinburgh International Film Festival 2006
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Odense Film Festival 2007
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Samhlaioct Film Festival, Ireland, 2007
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 27th Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax, Canada 2007
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2007
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Vermont International Film Festival, USA 2006
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) 2006
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Ofensiva International Film Festival, Poland, as part of “New National Cinema – Scottish Focus” Dec 2007
OFFICIAL SELECTION – OxDox, UK 2007
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece 2007
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Bunker Film Festival, Italy 2007, Golden Olive competition
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Dutch Independent Film Festival 2007
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Pärnu Int. Film Festival, Estonia 2007
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Leith Film Festival 2007
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Shoot First Dundee 2007
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Shoot First Edinburgh 2007
OFFICIAL SELECTION – The Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh 2006
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Belmont Cinema, Aberdeen 2006
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Norwegian Documentary Festival, 2007
SCREENED – CCA, Glasgow 06
Supported by: Scottish Screen
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This film was developed through Bridging the Gap, an opportunity for emerging filmmakers based in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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