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13 Minutes / Exp. Documentary  / Arri Digital, Scope, Colour / Stereo, 5.1 / Germany (in Post-Production)

Produced by Schuldenberg Films in co-production with paradies and l.h.o.0.q. Films



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

Producer: Sophie Ahrens

Co-Producers: Caroline Kox, 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

Production Manager: Marlene Götz

Production Assistant: Julia Franke

Dramaturg: Marko Milosavljevic

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)



Sirens is a continuation of my artistic research on documenting architecture and landscapes employed in the construction of narratives. The film is a poetic attempt to reinterpret myth in our modern times and to criticise aspects of our contemporary society. Aerial imagery of Germany’s industrial wastelands and their mesmerising smoke and steam emissions show how the world dies in front of the lenses. With the film, I wanted to document a vanishing phenomenon and at the same time to introduce the audience into an existing narrative on climate emergency. As sirens in Greek mythology, who lured sailors to destruction by the sweetness of their song, mastodons of smoke are seen as an embodiment of the ideals of industrial revolution, the age in which the promise of better living standards lurked humanity to depletion of natural resources, air and water pollution. 


 © Schuldenberg Films – paradies – Ilaria Di Carlo