10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

Original Copy (2016 Feature Film)

Florian Heinzen-Ziob | Georg Heinzen | Germany | 2015 | 95 min | English, Hindi | e.s.

Every morning the projectionist at Alfred Talkies blesses the cinema and its staff. The old building in Mumbai Central has been showing Hindi films for 80 years, films as colourful as the billboards that S. Rehman makes every week. Melancholy portrait of a disappearing cinema culture.

Alfred Talkies is a cinema in the Mumbai Central neighbourhood. Its owner, Najma, inherited the film theatre from her grandfather, who founded it in 1932. Anno 2015, the building is as flaking as the discoloured and scratchy film prints that are screened there. “You’re on a sinking ship”, she suggests to her manager, when he again reports a box-office deficit. Original Copy is both the melancholy story about this old cinema where ice cream is still sold in the interval, and a portrait of Sheikh Rehman. This colourful painter – he smokes, shouts and curses – and his team make sure that there is a new billboard on the façade every week. Unlike his father, Rehman does not consider himself an artist, but a craftsman: “I draw what the audience wants to see”: six-foot tall posters with heroes, villains, a sweet heroine, plenty of action and a little romance. In other words, Bollywood at its best.

Place: CINEMA 3

Date: 9 April 2016

Time: 17:15

Duration: 1:30

Place: CINEMA 3

Date: 10 April 2016

Time: 13:15

Duration: 1:30

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Florian Heinzen-Ziob
Georg Heinzen


Enno Endlicher




Florian Heinzen-Ziob




95 min


Florian Heinzen-Ziob
Georg Heinzen

Production Company

polyphem Filmproduktion GbR




Florian Heinzen-Ziob
Georg Heinzen

Sound Design

Robert Keilbar

Year of Production



Florian HEINZEN-ZIOB (1984, Germany) was educated at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. Here he made a number of short films and documentaries, which were screened throughout the world. He graduated in 2012. Original Copy (2015) is his first feature-length documentary.

Georg HEINZEN (1953, Germany) studied Literature and History in Düsseldorf, after which he was educated in scriptwriting in Munich. Besides working as a scriptwriter for film and television, Heinzen also writes books and plays. Original Copy (2015) is his first film as a director and producer.



Florian Heinzen-Ziob

SMS (2006, short), Praktikant (2008, short), Konserwacja (2008, short doc), Wachstum (2011, short doc), TOMO (2012, short), Zu Ihrer eigenen Sicherheit (2015, short), Original Copy (2015, doc, co-dir)

Georg Heinzen

Original Copy (2015, doc, co-dir)