Aliens in Upper Bavaria

My personal declaration of love to Bavaria...

“Where did the Bavarians come from? This question alone is problematic, for we still do not know “where” they came from.”

Friedrich Prinz, The history of Bavaria (Die Geschichte Bayerns)

 

“But the question remains who these “people from Baiaheim” were and where this country of origin may have been.”

Wilhelm Volkert, History of Bavaria (Geschichte Bayerns)

 

“In our written sources the Bavarians appear around 550 quite abruptly… Otherwise all the testimonies will remain silent, and only that mysterious twilight remains that surrounds the beginnings of all people’s growth.”

Benno Hubensteiner, Bavarian History (Bayerische Geschichte)

 

“While the Germanic tribes of the Goths, Lombards, Alamanni, Burgundians or Franconians can be grasped early by written sources and therefore their migrations, struggles and leaders are at least partly handed down, there is no written trace of them from the early days of the Bavarians to about the middle of the sixth century, where they were “simply there”.”

Peter Claus Hartmann, Bavaria’s way into the present (Bayerns Weg in die Gegenwart)

 

“For that area of the Suebians has the Bavarians in the east, the Franks in the west, the Burgundians in the south, the Thuringians in the north; the Suebians were attached to the Alamanians at that time”.

Jordanes, Gothic history (Gotengeschichte), ca. 551 / 552

 

“It’s like they fell from the sky.”

Gotthilf Müller, The Bavarian Big Bang (Der Bayerische Urknall)

Bavarian Impressions

The so-called “shoe plattling”: Homeland care or ancient alien rite?

Stefan and Benedikt are the next hot YouTube stars. On their comedy channel “Der Mähdrescher” (The Combine Harvester), they publish the absurdities of everyday Bavarian life week after week. One day they get an anonymous tip for her next show: a Bavarian history book in which the historian Gotthilf Müller links the origins of Bavarian history with UFOs. Stefan and Benedikt are electrified. This could be it! But during their attempt to make a crazy show about UFOs – they soon they realize that there is more behind the story. Gotthilf claims that his son has disappeared through a part of an old Bavarian UFO. One could dismiss this as the spinning of an old man – but there are powerful forces that want to cover up the disappearance of the son. Is it really possible that a 1500 year old UFO is hidden in Bavaria? And if so – why has no trace of it been found yet?

Stefan and Benedikt find a mystery bigger and more bizarre than they imagined in their wildest dreams.

 

Feature film / in financing

Written & Directed by

Producer: Carolin Dassel

 

Screenplay funding for the further development of the first draft by the Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA)

Screenplay funding for the new version by the FilmFernsehFonds Bayern (FFF)

Making of
With the small X-Files parody “Remote Control” I entered the world of Bavarian aliens for the first time. The film was very controversial at the film academy, my professor didn’t quite understand him and wanted to have him completely re-edited, his assistant did the same thing, it was an insane fight. Finally, the film premiered in Hof. Festival director Badewitz aka “Der Heinz” liked him very much and took him out of the short film programmes and turned him into a supporting film to Lars Becker’s all-star comedy “Das Gelbe vom Ei”. Suddenly the film was word-of-mouth in Hof, the hall was packed, everyone wanted to see it – and when the farmers in their deep Bavarian negotiated with the aliens for the first time, the people freaked out, the hall laughed so much that whole passages of dialogue were no longer understandable. Lars Becker came to me after the performance and said “1:0 for Oberbayern”.
Since this premiere I had the great need to send BND Special Agent Frank Müller on another trip through extraterrestrial Bavaria. But it wasn’t until I moved to Berlin and all the aliens were at a safe distance from me that the penny fell on how I could tell the story: to be precise, it fell while studying Bavarian history books. The Bavarian historians admit quite openly that they really do not know where the Bavarians come from (see the quotes on the left). They know that, unlike the Swabians, Alemannians and Saxons, the Bavarians did not participate in the migration of peoples, but nobody knows exactly how the Bavarians came to Bavaria. In one of the books I found the decisive sentence: “It is as if they had fallen from the skies”. “Aliens in Upper Bavaria” tells the story that it was exactly like that.

My secret hope was always that one day the “Guglmen” would take me to the cellar of Munich’s City Hall, where they would open a steel hatch leading into the belly of the Bavarian spaceship. In order to finally be able to tell this claim to realism, this year we made the move into a found-footage film and, in collaboration with the screenwriter Lasse Nolte, made the project significantly smaller, more documentary, younger and more emotional. Through the documentary approach, the project finally has the power to credibly tell us that the Bavarians are not of this world.

Will I ever be allowed to disclose the secret of Bavaria together with my producer Carolin Dassel? The second financing round is currently underway. Hopefully the next update will come from the basement of Munich City Hall…