Germany / Austria, 2020, 5’22’’
Expectations on all sides. In front of the camera and behind it. On the screen and in front of it.
Born in 1984 in Karl-Marx-Stadt (GDR), Jan Soldat worked at Chemnitzer Filmwerkstatt from 2007-2008. From October 2008 he studied film and television at the Academy of Film and Television “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam-Babelsberg. Jan Soldat has been a guest of the Berlinale (Shorts, Panorama, Generation 14plus), in 2014 he also was a member of the International Jury. His diploma film The Incomplete won the Best Short Film Award at the Rome Film Festival and was nominated for the German Film Critics’ Award. His four-part series documenting prison-roleplays had its premieres at the Viennale 2014, Rotterdam 2015 and in the program of the Berlinale Panorama 2015. Two of his works, Coming of Age and Happy Happy Baby, deal with the phenomenon of adult babies. After his experimental documentary Protocols in 2017 about men which want to be slaughtered and eaten, he worked mostly as editor and dramaturgical adviser. In November 2019 he started a series of “First Date Short Films”, portraits about gay men and their sexual fantasies in tension between documentary and pornography.