When traveller Daniel Rintz set off with Marianne on a world tour his parameters were pretty loose already. 2-1-0 – was the motto: keep going on two wheels, through one world, with zero cash in hand – and earn money along the way.
From Berlin to New Zealand in two and half years, he stuck to those precepts, except for a brief spell in Tibet, when he was forced to load Marianne up on a lorry because he’d been weakened by food poisoning.
You might have guessed by now that Marianne is a motorcycle, a sturdy, no frills 1982 BMW, on which Rintz started out, accompanied by friend Lars, from Berlin, earning money in London, progressing through France and Spain before crossing to North Africa and heading east through Egypt, Jordan and Iran. His mate left for home somewhere close to Turkey, Marianne broke down in Pakistan and somewhere else along the way (Bangkok, actually) Rintz found a soulmate.
Somewhere Else Tomorrow is the film made by Rintz about his travels. Reflecting that journey in essence and execution, the film was made in the spirit of amateur enthusiasm, but backed by professional know-how and dedication. The landscape photography is superlative, the personal encounters delicately explored but never exploited. Throughout, Rintz conveys the awe inspired by new places and people as well as the growing familiarity with his own personality: an awareness of what it takes to accept travel as a journey through physical and private, emotional worlds.
Somewhere Else Tomorrow attracted 1300 viewers to three screenings in Dresden, encouraging Rintz and his backers to take it on a German-wide tour. It will screen on March 23 at 19.00 in Babylon Mitte – possibly to a packed house so aim to arrive early for this gentle gem of a film that places a subtle finger on contemporary restlessness – and the possibility of putting down new roots in friendship and tolerance.