“Heading East – A bikepacking adventure"

“Heading East – A bikepacking adventure"
„The strain is not just physical, but rather psychological.“ Jochem, Carolin and Dennis have accepted the "Transost Challenge". They will take part in the first self-supported bikepacking race from Bayreuth in Germany to the Black Sea in Romania. It is the first time, that this route is officially being travelled by bike in one go.
It is a journey across 2.900km and 56.000m difference in altitude – „without knowing, what it is, that you will encounter“.
The challenge is far from a relaxing ride along the river Donau. The journey by gravel- and mountain-bikes takes our protagonists across more than 27 mountaineous regions in Eastern Europe, e.g. the Ore Mountains, Giant Mountains, the High Tatras, the Beskids or the Carpa- thian Mountains – home to lynxes, wolves and bears.
„I believe this will be an experience, that will give you something. What exactly that will be – no idea!“
The highlight of the film is the film music by renowned musicians such as singer-songwriter Katharina Busch (Bavaria/ Switzerland), the ex-singer of pop-band Polarkreis 18, Felix Räuber, and original film music by the musician and music producer Johannes Gerstengarbe (Dresden).

  • Luise Baumgarten
    2019 MISSION LIFELINE (68:08 min, documentary, human rights)
  • Steffi Rostoski
    2019 STARTING WITH FRAGMENTS (80:45 min, documentary) 2019 MISSION LIFELINE (68:08 min, documentary, human rights) 2016 L'ÉSPRIT DU LOUP (16:13 min, short film)
  • Markus Weinberg
    2019 MISSION LIFELINE (68:08 min, documentary, human rights)
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  • ravir film Gbr
    2019 STARTING WITH FRAGMENTS (80:45 min, documentary) 2019 MISSION LIFELINE (68:08 min, documentary, human rights)
  • Markus Weinberg
    2019 MISSION LIFELINE (68:08 min, documentary, human rights)
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    „Heading East – Abenteuer TransOst“
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Roadmovie, Outdoor, Sportfilm
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 22 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 13, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine
  • Language:
    English, German
  • Shooting Format:
    Full HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 16. Bergsichten Festival Dresden
    November 16, 2019
Director Biography - Luise Baumgarten, Steffi Rostoski, Markus Weinberg

Luise Baumgarten

* During her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden, Luise began experimen- ting in various media forms, which she employed to tell stories. Whether in film, theatre or art, Luise has worked her way through almost all creative stations, is passionate about concepts and ideas. One way for her to implement this passion was as editor and co- director for the documentary "Mission Lifeline". The film breathes her look, her ideas and also her dramaturgy.

Steffi Rostoski

* Steffi studied Japanese, media and book studies and spent many years abroad, e.g. in Dallas, Tokio and London, where she gained first-hand experience working in film production and festival management. Back home in Germany, she travelled the literary field as an editor and agent for the semmelblond script agency. That's where she discovered her love for the small, narrative detail. With passionate zeal, she de- votes herself to the questions and intricacies, that make stories come alive. She loves the conception and writing of texts, stories and dramaturgies – an enthusiasm, she now also introduces into her production work at the ravir film production company.

Markus Weinberg

* Born in Dresden in 1983, he studied Political Science, Modern and Contemporary History and Sociology in Dresden. Even before his time as a student and racing cyclist, Weinberg traveled the world, always searching for and bringing back stories. And now he's started to tell them. He worked as a freelance editor at MDR Television, as a video journalist in Saxony and as print editor at the Dresdner Morgen- post. Today, Markus works as a freelance editor / video journalist / documentary

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Director Statement

A dramaturgically and musically impressive offroad film to the Black Sea.