Private Project


AFUERA is the spanish word for outside. In this experimental short film, constructed as a filmed abstract essay, two nameless characters find themselves isolated in a room. A wordless dialogue between them emerges, yet it stays unclear if one of the two is only the creation of the other's mind. Fragments of ideas based on writings of Erich Maria Remarque and Jewish intellectual Etty Hillesum confront the question: How do we overcome adversities, loneliness and maintain our sanity and mental stability, when we are bound to suffer from isolation, separation and adversity? 

  • Florian Hoffmeier
  • Mariana Torres
  • Florian Hoffmeier
  • Florian Hoffmeier
  • Andrea Arroba
  • GEN Centre for Arts & Sciences
  • Anahì Mendy
    Key Cast
  • Alessio Scandale
    Key Cast
  • Arata Mori
    DOP & Editing
  • Vladimir Miller
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    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 24, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 EUR
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    Germany, Uruguay
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  • Berlin Short Film Festival
    January 25, 2023
    Best Experimental Short Film
  • Germany International Film Festival
    March 20, 2023
    Honorable Mention
  • Kiez Berlin Film Festival
    December 23, 2023
    Best Artist Short Film
  • Zeitgeist Hamburg International Film Festival
    January 12, 2023
  • LatinUy 15
    Punta del Este
    November 16, 2022
    Official Selection
  • First-Time Filmmaker Sessions
    United Kingdom
    February 20, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Ukranian Dream Film Festival
    May 1, 2022
    Honorable Mention
  • Mriya IFF
    November 23, 2022
    Honorable Mention
Director Biography - Florian Hoffmeier, Mariana Torres

Dr. Florian Hoffmeier ist an artist, medical doctor (working in the field of psychiatry) and cultural activist. After an early education as young singer and numerous stage appearances in operas and dance theatre pieces he subsequently has created over a dozen of own experimental works in the field of performing arts. He also explores other media formats, such as visual arts, writing, photography. Parallel he studied medicine in Germany, Portugal and Brazil and works in the field of psychiatry. With a passion for learning languages he speaks 5 languages and his engagement in culture and arts has earned him several public grants, scholarships and awards - including an honorary citizenship.

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Director Statement

AFUERA was developed as a short film to take a closer look at social isolation, loneliness, and mental sanity in times of political conflict. These topics had been a personal field of interest, ever since I started working as MD in the psychiatry units in Germany. During my work I got in contact with patients with PTSD and psychotic illnesses, from all over the world. Often those patients were suffering from direct or trans-generational trauma, one big (even though not the only) factor was social separation, isolation, and imprisonment.
The question arose, how some human beings manage to overcome mentally and physically some of these adversities while others struggle. A second question that influenced this work, was: What happens with the human body in those circumstances? Since I have a personal background in dance and an education as body-therapist, it became the thematic premise of the research. In close contact with the Centre for Arts & Sciences Montevideo, the idea emerged to create a joint project on the topic.
When the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe agreed to fund the project due to its social relevance, we set up the first structure. However, the original idea was a staged work (including some video projections in Uruguay). That idea was shattered by the pandemic and travel restrictions and the project developed to become a short film.
All throughout the research and production process I was also following the events in eastern Ukraine.
With the acceleration of the conflict and the start of the war in 2021 the real political events suddenly gave a very actual and concrete reference to our work. I hope that AFUERA can inspire people to reflect on the potentially devastating effects of social isolation, separation and imprisonment. At the same time, I hope that it can also provide a small bit of optimism, that the resulting emotional and mental damage is not always determined and we have, as human beings the capacity to overcome those adversities.