The Promised Isle

Terua, a young Tahitian researcher, travels around the islands of French Polynesia in search of clues about a mysterious German traveller who was there in 1930. An international group of researchers, led from Berlin by Bernd Eichhorn, an expert from the Deutsche Kinemathek examine Terua’s discoveries. The legend of an ancestral Polynesian curse as the cause of death in strange circumstances of the traveller, gravitates around everything related to our search. It emerges that the traveller whose trail Terua is following is none other than F.W. Murnau, the German genius of silent movies. His long journey across the Pacific culminated in the shooting of a film on Bora Bora his legendary, posthumous masterpiece “Tabu”. Our film develops the parallels between the present and the past, between the journey and the research and an ironical documentary view of the reality of artificial paradises today.

Producer / Production Details
Stephanie von Lukowicz and Bettina Walter / Polar Star Films / Spain
Training Programme
Crossing Borders 2010