Writer & Director: Ilaria Di Carlo

Produced by Schuldenberg Films in co-production with Paradies & l.h.o.0.q. Films

13 Minutes / Experimental Documentary / Germany 2022

Digital / Colour / 2.35:1 / Stereo & 5.1 / no dialogue


Monolithic power plants; billowing columns of smoke; the backdrop of a red sun. Sirens is an experimental short documentary that captures Germany’s coal-fired power plants in their final years of generating energy. Shot entirely from helicopters, the film takes us on a journey through industrial wastelands, thus recalling the passage of Ulysses’ boat through the Sirens’ strait. An odyssey through the dystopian industrial world that has left a permanent mark on earth’s ecosphere.


Writer & Director: Ilaria Di Carlo

Producers: Sophie Ahrens, Fabian Altenried, Kristof Gerega

Co-Producers: Caroline Kox, Antonio De Luca, Ilaria Di Carlo

Music: Demetrio Castellucci

Film Editor: Sofia Angelina Machado

Director of Photography. Francisco MeCe

Aerial Cinematographer: Christian Wiege, HD Skycam

Aerial Unit Technician: Oliver Ward

Pilot NRW: KMN Helicopter, Torben Koopmann

Pilot Brandenburg – Saxony: Aeroheli International, Dirk Franzke

Line Producer: Fabian Altenried

Dramaturg: Marko Milosavljevi

Production Manager: Marlene Götz

Production Assistant: Julia Franke

Location Scout: Charlotte Reibell

Drivers: Oona von Maydell, Selma Gültoprak

Postproduction Supervisor & DIT: Ethan Folk

VFX & Title Design: Sascha Töpfer

Image Postproduction: Volte Films

Colorist : Sergi Sánchez Rodriguez

Sound Supervisor: Antonio de Luca

Re-Recording Mixer & Sound Editor: Ricardo Murga

Funded by

Federal Government Commissioner for Culture & the Media (BKM), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (MBB), Film- und Medienstiftung NRW & German Federal Film Board (FFA)

Alexa Mini LF, Canon CN10x25 IAS S/P1, ShotOver F1 Camera Systems


Jury Special Mention – 45th Drama Int. Short Film Festival, Drama, Greece

Grand Prix – 27th Split Film Festival, Split, Croatia


48th Clermont Ferrand Int. Short Film Festival, Clermont Ferrand, France

34th Filmfest Dresden, Dresden, Germany

45th Drama Int. Short Film Festival, Jury Special Mention, Drama, Greece

31st Filmkunstfest MV, Schwerin, Germany

27th Split International Festival of New Cinema, Split, Croatia

51st Montreal Festival of New Cinema, Montreal, Quebec

12th International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, Cyprus

48th FILMETS Badalona Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain

16th Short Film Festival Cologne, Cologne, Germany

36th Braunschweig International Film Festival, Braunschweig, Germany

© Schuldenberg Films – Paradies – Ilaria Di Carlo