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Almost Home
The Student-Academy-Award®-Winning Coming-of-Age Story in a Science Fiction setting. A film by Nils Keller. Produced by lehof Fiction.
Regie & Script:
Nils Keller
Nils Keller
Producer:
Jonas Lembeck
Jonas Lembeck
DoP:
Georg Nikolaus
Georg Nikolaus
VFX Supervisor:
Lukas Väth
Lukas Väth
In cooperation with:
Bayerischer Rundfunk
Bayerischer Rundfunk
In co-production with:
HFF Munich
HFF Munich
Funding:
FFFBayern
FFFBayern
Funding:
German Films
German Films
International Sales :
Ouat Media Inc.
Ouat Media Inc.
SYNOPSIS

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Coming-of-Age. Sci-Fi. Having lived aboard a confined spaceship with his mother Nico for two years, Jacob's dream of returning home is finally about to come true. But as they close in on Earth, they receive word of a great danger that could put the teenager in mortal peril. And with the uncertainty of his return, an even bigger question arises whether the boy is mature enough to make life changing decisions by himself.
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THE CAST
Starring: Jeremias Meyer, Susanne Wolff & Stephan Kampwirth
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AWARDS
ALMOST HOME has been awarded a Student Academy Award in 2022. more info ALMOST HOME has been nominated at the Global University Film Awards (winner selection pending).
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AN IDEA TAKES SHAPE
The idea of a prisonlike existence becoming a safe space fascinated director and screenwriter NILS KELLER. Within a few hours, the concept for ALMOST HOME was born. Since the film aimed to draw some emotional depth from parallels to Covid's collective experiences and could be filmed as a chamber play under rather controllable studio conditions, the project was quite suitable to be realized in these unpredictable times and within a close time horizon.
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THE SCENERY
It was clear from the beginning that as a low-budget production, building a spaceship wouldn’t be easy, even with the help of great supporters. Through working closely together with the renowned Munich based set builders from Saurus GmbH, a walkable film scenery was created in an old, unused hall of the Munich sewage authority. The main construction of the confined spaceship was designed by production designer PAN PATELLIS. The further art direction and interior design was done by VERENA JÄGERSBERGER and her team of passionate professionals and helpers. The production design and art direction team ensured that every screw and detail was in place in order to create a vivid shooting location - which at the same time allowed for the removal of walls and ceilings in order to execute no-gravity scenes, set up dolly rails and camera positions. Also hundreds of meters of remote controllable LED stripes were integrated into the set construction in order to be able to light most parts of the film from inside the space ship.
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POSTPRODUCTION
After finishing the shoot, there followed roughly a year of post-production. Including extensive VFX-work as well as creating the sound effects and composing the score for a story-driven but also in parts poetic SciFi experience. “Essential for the film was to create the visual effects in a way that would harmonize with the very intricate and emotional story as well as the cinematography. The beauty of planet earth floating in deep space and the futuristic technology including spacecrafts, spacestations, holographic communication and digital interfaces had to be both believable and visually fitting”, LUKAS VÄTH, VFX Supervisor.
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INTEGRATED MEDIA PRODUCTION
As an integrated media company, which already considers the marketing of media production at the first concept paper, it was obvious for lehof, that such a project was a great case to realize their own company policy as part of a self produced project. lehof unites creative minds and producers under one roof with the lehof FICTION & lehof CAMPAIGN teams. In the combination of these capabilities, own marketing concepts for clients are already implemented during production. With the Instagram campaign accompanying the filming of ALMOST HOME, awareness was created of the fact that anyone interested can be part of the creation process.
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Sales Contact
If you interested in acquiring ALMOST HOME, please reach out to Ouat Media Inc. - the international Sales Agent. Inga Diev Ouat Media www.ouatmedia.com info@ouatmedia.com
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This is my thesis film combining my passions for visually enticing genre films and deep, character driven drama. It is to be a topical coming-of-age story set in the remoteness of space where every conflict is confined to the tiny few square meters of a spaceship. I think that, above all, this short film stands for the unpredictability and complexity of every life’s path, which rarely goes as planned.
NILS KELLER, Regie & Script.

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