A farm that was turned into a sanctuary – Former dairy farmer Jan Gerdes and animal rights activist Karin Mück are the founders of Hof Butenland. There is no livestock here, just rescued farmed animals who now enjoy a peaceful coexistence that seems almost utopian.


Ab 6. Februar in Deutschland im Kino!


Ab 6. März in Österreich im Kino!

Kinotour

28.01.2020 – Köln – Cinenova*
29.01.2020 – Hamburg – Zeise Kinos* (ausverkauft)
30.01.2020 – Bremen – Cinema im Ostertor*
31.01.2020 – Münster – Cinema*
01.02.2020 – Bochum – Metropolis*
02.02.2020 – Bonn – Neue Filmbühne*
02.02.2020 – Düsseldorf – Metropol* (ausverkauft)
03.02.2020 – Frankfurt – Mal Seh’n Kino* (ausverkauft)
04.02.2020 – Karlsruhe – Schauburg*
05.02.2020 – Stuttgart – Innenstadtkinos*
06.02.2020 – Freiburg – Harmonie*
07.02.2020 – München – Monopol*
08.02.2020 – Nürnberg – Casablanca*
08.02.2020 – Nürnberg – Cinecitta*
09.02.2020 – Leipzig – Passage Kinos*
09.02.2020 – Dresden – Programmkino Ost*
10.02.2020 – Berlin – Kino in der Kulturbrauerei*
11.02.2020 – Potsdam – Thalia*
12.02.2020 – Hannover – Kino am Raschplatz* (ausverkauft)
15.02.2020 – Oldenburg – Cine K* (ausverkauft)
21.02.2020 – Soest – Schlachthofkino**
22.02.2020 – Lüneburg – Scala*
23.02.2020 – Kiel – Studiotheater*
23.02.2020 – Flensburg – 51 Stufen*

*In Anwesenheit von Jan Gerdes, Karin Mück und Regisseur Marc Pierschel
** In Anwesenheit von Regisseur Marc Pierschel

Kinostart

06.02.2020 – 12.02.2020

13.02.2020 – 19.02.2020

  • Bayreuth – Cineplex
  • Berlin – Tilsiter Lichtspiele
  • Braunschweig – Universum
  • Frankfurt – Mal Seh’n Kino
  • Lahnstein – Kino Lahnstein
  • Oldenburg – Cine K
  • Soest – Schlachthofkino

20.02.2020 – 26.02.2020

  • Braunschweig – Universum
  • Flensburg – 51 Stufen
  • Kiel – Studiotheater
  • Lüneburg – Scala
  • Rostock – Lichtspieltheater Wundervoll
  • Soest – Schlachthofkino
  • Weingarten – Kulturzentrum Linse

27.02.2020 – 04.03.2020

  • Kirchlengern – Kommunales Kino Lichtblick
  • Seefeld – Breitwand
  • Soest – Schlachthofkino
  • Konstanz – CineStar

05.03.2020 – 11.03.2020

  • Northeim – Neue Schauburg

12.03.2020 – 25.03.2020

  • Hannover – Apollo Kino

(Die genauen Termine sind auf der Website des Kinos zu finden)
Alle Termine des Kinostarts: mindjazz-pictures.de

Trailer

About the film

Jan Gerdes is a third-generation dairy farmer, but he struggles with his conscience when the milk yield decreases and he has to sell his cows to the slaugtherhouse. After suffering a burn-out, he decides to give up his farm. On the day his last cows are due to be transported to the slaughterhouse, he finds that there's no room for twelve of the cows. Instead of ordering another transport, he and his partner Karin Mück decide to keep them. This is the birth of Hof Butenland – the first cow retirement home in Germany.

In the early 80s, Karin was one of the first activists to rescue dogs, cats and other animals from vivisection laboratories – actions that ultimately led to her arrest and imprisonment.

Paul was supposed to be slaugthered at the age of two months because of calf flu, Uschi because she refused to be milked; Lillja almost did not survive the birth of her first calf. On Butenland they live together with many former farmed animals in an environment where they are equal to humans. It's a peaceful coexistence that seems almost utopian.

This intimate portrait follows two compassionate people who have dedicated their lives to the animals. It captures moments of happiness and sadness, of life and death, and questions the status of farmed animals in today's society.

Photos

FAQ

When and where can I watch the film?

The premiere with guests will take place on January 29 2020 at the Zeise cinemas in Hamburg. On 6 February 2020 the film will be distributed by mindjazz pictures bundesweit in die deutschen Kinos. Die genauen Termine werden hier, auf der mindjazz pictures Seite und auf Social Media angekündigt. Auf DVD, Blu-ray und als Download wird der Film ca. 6 Monate später erscheinen. Der Film kann auf DVD und Blu-ray im Onlineshop von blackrabbit images vorbestellt werden.

Sind im Film grausame Bilder zu sehen?

Es gibt für wenige Sekunden Bilder aus einem Tierversuchslabor, außerdem wird ebenfalls sehr kurz eine Zuchtmesse kommentiert. Ansonsten ist der Film zwar eine sehr emotionale Achterbahnfahrt, aber brutal ist er auf keinen Fall und es fliesst auch kein Blut. Butenland ist ab 12 Jahren freigegeben.

How can I support the film?

At the moment the biggest help would be if you could mark February 6, 2020 red in your calendar. That's the thearical release of Butenland in Germany. And if as many people as possible go to the cinema to see the film in the first week, there is a good chance that more cinemas will add the film in to their program in the following week and thus bring the history of Butenland closer to even more people. It would also be a great help if you follow us on social media and share the upcoming announcements and news about the film and its release! You can find us at Instagram and facebook. Last but not least you can subscribe to our newsletter (see below).

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