On 1 June 2009 a passenger plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. My cousin Georg, returning from Brazil, was among the 228 dead. He grew up as an adopted child in a small Italian village in the midst of the Dolomites; he had travelled to the city of Salvador da Bahia on the coast of Brazil in search of his biological mother. Seven years later his adoptive brother, Markus, crosses the ocean to follow Georg’s footprints into his own past.

60th DOK Leipzig
42nd Mostra Internacional de Cinema São Paulo
28th Cinema del Film Africano Milano
32nd Bolzano Filmfestival Bozen
15th Dokumentarfilmwoche Hamburg
47th Sehsüchte Film Festival
66th Trento Film Festival
2nd Migranti Film Festival
17th Euganea Film Festival
1st Dolomitale Opening Film

Best Documentary | Migranti Film Festival Italy
Best Documentary | Euganea Film Festival Italy
Nomination for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize | DOK Leipzig
Nomination for Euregio Student Prize | Bolzano Filmfestival

With his film “The Fifth Point of the Compass”, Martin Prinoth goes in search of his own roots while at the same time leading us into the world outside. In an impressive, very intimate fashion we take part as spectators in a cinematic expedition, at the centre of which fate stands and becomes almost microscopically visible. Why do we live where we live? Into which life are we born and where does it lead us? Which circumstances guide us into a life that then becomes ours? These are questions that the film also asks of us as viewers. Once we begin to follow these trails, the mysterious, the incomprehensible becomes ever clearer. We try to search out a mosaic that might perhaps make sense in order however to understand ever more clearly on our way there that we will probably only obtain a vague idea of it.
The filmmaker offers his protagonist this film as a medium and a means of transport to delve into his own life story. We experience the emotional process between the two men and hope along with them that the hidden may be revealed, just as the mountains at the beginning the film emerge from the clouds to reveal the setting. The film’s two languages, Ladin and Brazilian Portuguese, could hardly be geographically further apart: the one spoken in the enclave formed by a South Tyrolean mountain valley, the other on the coast of a distant continent. And yet I can feel how close together they are and interweave with one another through the biographies of two children. The emotional strength of Martin Prinoth’s film lies in its obstinate search to get to the origins of the story and find an answer to numerous questions. The Fifth Point of the Compass leads to ourselves.

Nicolas Humbert



„Per aver saputo costruire un racconto solido, coinvolgente e a tratti molto emozionante sul tema dello sradicamento e della ricerca dell`identità. Al suo primo lungometraggio, il giovane regista evidenzia la sua personale ricerca stilistica che, anche se ancora in via di definizione, guarda ai grandi maestri , e in particolar modo a Werner Herzog, per trovare un’ originale relazione con la materia filmica che riflette e analizza sè stessa.“ Best Documentary at Euganea film festival

„Perché con realismo a tratti disturbante traccia i confini di un mondo solo in apparenza liberatorio come quello delle adozioni. La contrapposizione tra il tranquillo villaggio delle Dolomiti e l’alienante strada brasiliana da cui provengono i tre orfani è molto efficace, descrive una frontiera opaca dove le identità si confondono e nulla è risolto su nessun fronte. Markus, l’adulto condannato a restare bambino perché senza radici, ci porta a camminare su un sentiero impervio e ce lo mostra cosi com’è: può portare da qualche parte oppure no, bisogna camminare.“ Best Documentary at Migranti film festival

  • Year: 2017
  • Country: Germany, Italy
  • Duration: 78 min
  • Format: DCP, 2k, Dolby Surround 5.1, English-German-Italian Subtitles available
  • Language: Raeto-Romanic, German, Portugues (german version) / English, Raeto-Romanic, German, Portugues (international version)

  • Director, Writer, Editor, SR: Martin Prinoth
  • Camera: Jytte Hill
  • Music: Max Andrzejewski & Marco Mlynek
  • Research: Ana Figueira, Renata Reis
  • Production: Against Reality Pictures
  • Co-Production: Miramonte Film
  • Producer: Valerio B. Moser, Andreas Pichler, Martin Prinoth
  • Executive Producer: Arne Körner
  • Film Management: Frank Scheuffele
  • Script Contribution: Akın E. Şipal
  • Artistic Contribution: Martina Mahlknecht
  • Dramaturgical Consulting: Jan Eichberg, Andreas Pichler
  • Color Grading: Florian Geiser
  • Re-Recording Mixer: Stefano Bernardi
  • Voice Recording: Roland Musolff
  • Editorial Consulting: Gisela Gondolatsch, Nela Märki
  • Assistant Editor: Victor Majarres
  • Titles / Graphics: Magdalena Akantisz


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