The first "Talent-Taube" ("Talent Dove") as a young talent promotion award of the Sparkasse Leipzig Media Foundation went to the Danish director Jeppe Rønde for his film "Jerusalem min Elskede" ("Jerusalem My Love").
Jeppe Rønde was born in 1973 and studied film science and art history at the University of Copenhagen. He works as a director, camera operator and composer. "Jerusalem min Elskede" is his debut film.
"Director Jeppe Rønde is searching. All his life he was a believer, but his faith threatens to get lost. Jeppe sets off for Jerusalem in the form of a hypnosis. This is the city in which the three monotheistic world regions meet with elementary force and can leave a deep religious shock on the visitor. In Jerusalem, Jeppe meets various "prophets" who introduce him to the world of their faith, which they live daily in practice: Israel is a Jewish social worker who searches the garbage cans of the city for useful things and clothes and distributes them to the needy. The Muslim Muhammad takes drug addicts in and shows them the way out of addiction by the power of his faith. Ted, on the other hand, is an American missionary who travels through Jerusalem preaching like Christ. All three try to convert the young Dane. The openness and spiritual strength of the men does not only trigger an intensive and at the same time undogmatic examination of religion in Jeppe. The multi-layered, beautifully worked film also draws the viewer deeper and deeper into its spell, who at some point asks himself: Is the search for faith the goal of the path? Or can Jeppe regain his lost faith and make a decision?