with Christie
Father Stan
directing Benoit Felici
cinematography Bastian Esser
editing Sofie Brunet
production Benjamin Landsberger
genre documentary
duration 54/ 70 min
shootingformat 1:2,35/ 4K
production artline films, Paris
ARTE France
Paris, the Taj Mahal, Venice, the Vatican :
All these monuments and many more have replicas scattered around the globe. Not just simple copies, these constructions are mirrors in which a certain image of the world is reflected.
THE REAL THING is a journey into a copy of our world. Seeking the monumental copycat architecture of China and other countries around the world. Residential areas where people live an everyday life in places simulating other places.


with Jamshid Hamta
Josè Sorbello
Abdul Rasak
Ursel Kramer
Flora Kurz
Maria Heinz
directing Matthias Kosmehl
cinematography Bastian Esser
editing Andreas Nicolai
sound Matthias Kosmehl
shootingformat 1:1,85/ HD
genre documentary
duration 80 min
production Matthias Koßmehl Filmproduktion
Bayerischer Rundfunk
redaktion Dr. Claudia Gladziejewski
„Café Waldluft” is not what it used to be. Once a tourist hot spot nestling in the picturesque mountains of Bavaria it turned out to be a run-down hotel with a few remaining guests in their late sixties. But there is something very unique about the place: it offers shelter to refugees from all across the globe. For each one of them it bares the hope of a new beginning, the aspiration of a new home - waiting somewhere behind a multitude of obstacles. So what does it take for them to arrive for good? What doesn't it really take for a place to become home?


directing Danilo Caputo
cinematography Bastian Esser
set design Alessandra Guttagliere
sound Gianluigi Gallo
shootingformat 1:2,35/ HD
genre feature film
duration 78 min
production Fortuna Mosca
Alessandra Ondeggia
Franco Caputo

Taratata Film/ Italy
Una mezza stagione insolitamente torrida in un anonimo paese della provincia pugliese. La quotidianità, stagnante e trascinata, viene bruscamente intaccata dal ritrovamento di un neonato abbandonato in un cassonetto. Nel paese sconvolto tutti cominciano a guardarsi attorno, domandandosi “chi è stato?”. Emergono così alla superficie personaggi le cui storie entrano in collisione o si sfiorano impercettibilmente. La Mezza Stagione traccia così il ritratto cupo e insieme leggero di un’apocalisse minore: quella di un mondo logorato dalla tensione tra modernità e tradizione contadina, un microcosmo denso di nevrosi e scandali taciuti, un posto dove niente è ciò che sembra e dove tutti gli indizi sembrano condurre a nulla... finché una vecchia bambola non svelerà il segreto.
unfinished italy


with Damiano Nasselli
Josè Sorbello
Andrea Masu
Roberto Festa
Matteo Erenbourg
Salvatore/ Michele Cammerata
Alessandro Mustaccio
Marco Dandrea
Carmelo Caruso
directing Benoit Felici
cinematography Bastian Esser
editing Milena Holzknecht
sound/ 1st AC Philipp Grieß
2nd AC Loris Rizzo
music Pasquale Bardaro and Rosa Balistreri
sound design Sven Kurt Albertini
format 1:2,35/ HD
genre documentary
duration 32 min
production ZeLIG/ Italy/ 2010/ www.zeligfilm.it
website unfinished-italy.com
festivals 2013 2 months Projection at Therme di Diocleziano, together with the sculptures of Paolo delle Monace, Rome, Italy
festivals 2012 (selection) Biennale di architecture di Venezia (rassegna design on screen)
2nd at CILECT international festival (competition mandible dell scull del cinema)
WINNER at FIFE Paris/ 29. Festival international du film d'environnement/ best short documentary
ECOdays Ferrara
festivals 2011 (selection) Cork Film Festival
WINNER at Les Écrans Documentaires/ students competition
Primed Marseille/ Prix International du Documentaire et du Reportage Méditerranéen
ENVIRONMENTAL ANTHROPOLOGY AWARD| Special Mention - CineÉco film Festival- Seia, Portugals
CNEX Documentary Film Festival
l'Alternativa Barcelona
WINNER at Sedicicorto International Film Festival/
best film Cortitalia and special mention CNC (Centro nazionale cortometraggio)
WINNER at Adana Golden Boll Film Festival/ best documentary (mediterranean short film award)
Milano Film Festival
22nd Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival
RIVER Film Festival/ Italy
WINNER at Lago Film Fest/ best italian documentary film
Cinemambiente Torino/ 14th Environmental Film Festival
WINNER at Documenta Madrid/ 8th Festival Documentarles de Madrid
Indie Lisboa/ 8th Internatinal Independent Film Festival
Dokfest München/ Internationales Dokumentarfilmfestival
Sehsüchte/ 40. Internationales Studentenfilmfestival der HFF Konrad Wolf Potsdam-Babelsberg
Le voci dell'inchiesta/ Pordenone
WINNER at Riff/ Rome Independant Film Festival/ Best Italian Documentary Film
33rd International Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand/ International Competition
WINNER at 23rd Premiers Plans Anger/ Students Award
Italy, home of ruins: A foray into the unfinished, Italy's most prominent architectural style between the end of WW2 and the present day. Buildings in a limbo between perfection and nothingness, given up on halfway through their construction, fallen into ruin before they were ever used, are an integral part of the Italian architectural landscape: Stadiums without potential value of unfinished buildings in Italy and of man's ability to adapt them to his everyday needs. These ruins, whose future has already passed and whose present carries the taste of an eternal wait, act as an invitation to meditate about time.
am ende der wiese


with Robert Bachinger
directing Michael Kranz
Pauline Roenneberg
Ariane Schröder
cinematography Bastian Esser
editing Gaby Kull-Neujahr
sound Michael Kranz
Pauline Roenneberg
Ariane Schröder
sounddesign Christoph von Schönburg
soundmix Eberhard Weckerle
format 1:1,78/ HD
genre documentary
duration 72/ 54 min
production: HFF Munich/ Germany/ 2009
website HFF München
Am Ende der Wiese…. sieht die Welt ganz anders aus. Umgeben von selbstgebauten Schrottfiguren, bunten Lichtern, liebevoll zusammengetragenen Seltsamkeiten und eigenen Erfindungen lebt hier der weißbärtige “Graf” Robert Bachinger mit seiner Hündin Bambolina in einem alten Zirkuswagen. Tagsüber tuckert er auf seinem kleinen Traktor mit 6 kmh durch die Dörfer und sammelt Schrott, nachts sitzt er allein auf seiner kleinen Insel, spielt Gitarre und singt seine Lieder. Sie handeln von Menschen, von Tieren, von Schmerz und Glück, von Freiheit und von Einsamkeit. Denn wenn das Gras hoch ist, im Spätsommer, packt ihn das Fernweh, und er möchte hinaus in die weite Welt. Aber da ist ja Bambolina, die er nicht allein lassen kann, und plötzlich ist da noch jemand anderes, der ihn braucht….


directing Giulia Attanasio
cinematography Bastian Esser
editing Francesca Scalisi
sound Michele Lezza
Giulia Attanasio
Manuela Wilpering
grip Philipp Grieß
format 1:1,78/ SD
genre documentary
duration 30 min
production ZeLIG/ Italy/ 2009
In the city of Bolzano, in Italy, a country whose right wing groups are growing everyday, the camera enters for an ideal night in a bar where a group of militants meets. The film tries to reproduce the atmosphere full of contraddictions, without explaining the deep reasons of this phenomenon. It works on an emotional level. The result is a disquieting portrait, leaving everyone free to judge and reflect about what lives beside us.
After Casa Pound brought a charge against ZeLIG, the film cannot be shown in puplic.
Pater Noster


directing Valentina Pedicini
cinematography Bastian Esser
editing Kathrin Dietzel
assistant editing Sven Kurt Albertini
sound Kathrin Dietzel
format 1:1,78/ SD
genre documentary
duration 17 min
production ZeLIG/ Italy/ 2008
An isolated community of 15 catholic Shaolin monks in the mountains of Bolzano. A young woman that made a radical choice in order to follow her dream and her Master. Laura, Kung Fu champion and warrior with a mystic vocation made a 10 year path of merciless training, meditation and life in an unordinary family. We lived by her side and what came out of it is a film as ambiguous, painful and courageous as her story.
Bastian Esser Film 1

since 2016

Master Cinematography HFF Potsdam “Konrad Wolf”


Workshops ARD/ ZDF Medienakademie:
- Reportage
- Media coverage of war and crises


Workshops BLS:
- RAW-workflow and data-managing
- Production

2007 - 2010

Diploma at ZeLIG - school for documentary
Bolzano / Italy


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English (expert)
Italian (expert)

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