Director: Vanessa Nica Mueller

Germany, Lebanon,  2023



“Landen” follows its protagonist on her botanical journey from the Wadden Sea to the coast of Lebanon. As she collects material for her herbarium, she witnesses the consequences of Lebanon’s economic collapse and disturbing decay. The plants become her only constant navigation. Along fragile ecosystems, she loses herself between modernist architecture in Tripoli or at the banks of the Beirut River to find some hope for a future after the fall.

Community Center

14.10.2023 – Saturday – 16:00

Director Bio

Vanessa Nica Mueller is an independent filmmaker, with German and East African heritage. She works as a film director, editor, and producer in Hamburg. In her films she deals with questions of memory, the human being in relation to urban space and nature, the uncanny and the cinematic construction of inner states, as well as the tension between familiarity and alienation, identity and attributions. She creates films that always contain an openness at the interface between staging and observation. She focuses on an essayistic and associative narrative style and combines digital material with analog footage. Her short films have been screened at renowned film festivals and were also presented in the context of art exhibitions. She studied film and time-based media. She intermittently works as a lecturer in the field of film education or curates film programs. Her film “Landen” (2023) is her first feature-length film.


Camera: Hervé Dieu
Editing: Vanessa Nica Mueller
Sound: Roman Vehlken, Samia Chancrin
Music: Manuel Scuzzo, Harald Finke and Plants
Production: Vanessa Nica Mueller, Ingmar Böschen