Film Archive

A Sister’s Song

Documentary Film
Canada,
Israel
2018
91 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Danae Elon, Paul Cadieux
Danae Elon
Peter Venne
Danae Elon, Itamar Mendes Flohr
Vincent Guignard, Alexandre Leblanc
Danae Elon
Benoît Dame
Marina and Tatiana moved from Russia to Israel with their family as children. Being immigrants, their arrival in the new country wasn’t easy. This back story resonates in their search for models and identity. The narrative focuses on Marina. As an adolescent her younger sister Tatiana followed her spiritual father to a strict Orthodox convent in Greece. That was twenty years ago. They last saw each other four years ago. Since then, Marina has more and more gained the impression that her sister is unhappy there, and she wants to get her back. But is she responsible for Tatiana’s happiness? How can you understand a close person’s decision that’s in conflict with your own position?

The Canada-based award-winning Israeli director and cinematographer Danae Elon returns once more to her home country for this film. Discretely and yet very much present, she watches the two sisters’ encounter, included only occasionally – but almost like an accomplice – in the protagonists’ conversation. Her tale of the sisters Marina and Tatiana is dramaturgically outstanding and innovative. “A Sister’s Song” – a film about love and loss and the art of following one’s inner voice.

Annina Wettstein
International Programme 2018
A Transplant François Méthé

Three people are waiting for an organ donation. In delicate but nonetheless explicit images, “A Transplant” documents the miracle of the renewal of a waning life.

A Transplant

Documentary Film
Canada
2018
69 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Marie-Claude Morazain
François Méthé
Joseph Marchand
Philippe St-Gelais
Sébastien Goyette
François Méthé
Cyril Bourseault
In life’s holding pattern: Shannon, a young woman, three-year-old Nolan and five-times grandmother Suzanne all need an organ donation. A race against the clock and against death, which approaches rapidly and relentlessly while they slowly move up the waiting list step by step. For patients and relatives, this time of waiting is an ever-changing mixture of the fear of loss and the hope for a future. From this existential state of insecurity, worry and hope, “A Transplant” takes us in delicate but explicit images into the operating room and into the body that is being renewed by a team of doctors and helpers – practiced and level-headed, but also aware of the risks and the responsibility weighing down every movement. A film about the, if you will, uniqueness of life. And about the miracle that occasionally and in dire need it can even escape this uniqueness.

Lukas Stern
Strictly Animated 2018
Afterlife Ishu Patel

After life has ended, humans enter the sphere of eternity – memories mingle with the unpredictable. Other people, animals and mythical creatures appear.

Afterlife

Animated Film
Canada
1979
8 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Derek Lamb
Ishu Patel
Herbie Mann
Ishu Patel
After life has ended, humans enter the sphere of eternity – memories mingle with the unpredictable. Other people, animals and mythical creatures appear and merge into a unified whole. Ishu Patel depicts the metamorphoses of this transcendental space in brilliantly shimmering clay images, endowing the afterlife with a beauty of its own.

Duscha Kistler
Extended Reality: DOK Neuland 2018
Äquator 360° – Mittelpunkt der Erde Nicolas Jolliet, Richard Decaillet

We plunge into an impressive world of sound and colour. The shamans of the Yuruparí tribe live in the Amazonas rainforest in south-west Colombia.

Äquator 360° – Mittelpunkt der Erde

360°-Film
Canada,
Germany
2018
14 minutes

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Irene Vandertop
Nicolas Jolliet, Richard Decaillet
Ian Dunbar
Nicolas Jolliet
Ian Dunbar
Nicolas Jolliet, Richard Decaillet
Nicolas Jolliet
Ed Kelly
Marita Hübinger
Franz Hildgen
Thomas Wallner
Thomas Wallner
We plunge into an impressive world of sound and colour. The shamans of the Yuruparí tribe live in the Amazonas rainforest in south-west Colombia. Their sacred sites are distributed over a network that precisely follows the line of the equator. The Yuruparí believe that they live at the centre of the world and that it’s their duty to keep the earth in spiritual balance.

Lars Rummel, Marie Hinkelmann

Blind Vaysha – VR

360°-Film
Canada
2017
8 minutes

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Marc Bertrand (NFB), Julie Roy (NFB)
Theodore Ushev
Vaysha is not like other girls: she sees the past with her left eye, the future with her right eye. Caught in a blurred world between the two, the present is a blind spot for her. This 360° film combines traditional linocut with innovative animation techniques. The use of stereoscopic images enables us to see the world through Vaysha’s eyes.

Lars Rummel, Marie Hinkelmann
Extended Reality: DOK Neuland 2018
Homestay Paisley Smith

We are in the midst of Paisley Smith’s reflections about Taro, a Japanese exchange student who committed suicide in his guest family’s home in Canada.

2018

Homestay

(none)
Canada
2018
20 minutes

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Robert McLaughlin (NFB), Loc Dao (NFB)
Paisley Smith
Boombox Sound
Robert Ouimet
Sonia Bashash
Alison Broddle, Paisley Smith
Boombox Sound
Paisley Smith
Pedro Barroso
Michael Phan, Rueben Pereira
Sonia Bashash
Pablo Vio, Dirk van Ginkel, Aaron Morris
We are in the midst of Paisley Smith’s reflections about Taro, a Japanese exchange student who committed suicide in his guest family’s home in Canada. The Nitobe Memorial Garden in Vancouver was the model for the paper world Paisley Smith designed for her personal memory course. This sensitively designed adaptation was created in cooperation with the NFB and Jam3.

Lars Rummel, Marie Hinkelmann
Retrospective 2018
Hybrid Jack Chambers

A protest film in bold analogies and contrasts: pastoral images of rose growing are set against aggressive footage of the horrors of the Vietnam War.

Hybrid

Documentary Film
Canada
1966
15 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Jack Chambers
Jack Chambers
Jack Chambers
Jack Chambers
A protest film in bold analogies and contrasts: pastoral images of rose growing are set against aggressive footage of the horrors of the Vietnam War.

Ralph Eue

I’m OK

Animated Film
Canada,
UK
2018
6 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Abigail Addison (Animate Projects), Elizabeth Hobbs, Jelena Popović (National Film Board of Canada)
Elizabeth Hobbs
Elizabeth Hobbs
Elizabeth Hobbs
Elizabeth Hobbs
Sacha Ratcliffe
Galloping at breakneck speed through the tempestuous delirium of Oskar Kokoschka. After his failed amour fou with Alma Mahler he plunges into war as a dragoon in 1915, is wounded and comes to terms with things by creating the expressionist drama “Orpheus and Eurydice.” Elizabeth Hobbs takes up the dynamic quality of Kokoschka’s drawings and the turmoil of his emotional ecstasy. Restless ink strokes are entwined in a powerful and brightly coloured mesh of short-lived scenes of passion and suffering.

André Eckardt

Manic VR

(none)
Canada
2018
11 minutes

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Sandra Rodriguez, EyeSteelFilm_Creative Reality, Dpt.
Kalina Bertin
David Drury
David Drury, Cory Rizos
Josquin Zabka (Dpt.), Alexandre Bordereau (Dpt.), Paul Georges (Dpt.)
Kalina Bertin, Sandra Rodriguez, Fred Casia, Nicolas S. Roy (Dpt.)
Fred Casia
Hugo Forget
Guided by Felicia’s and François’s voices we set out on a journey through the phases of bipolar disorder: an intimate insight into the constantly changing realities and states that are part of the typical symptoms of manic depression. “Manic VR” tells a non-fictional story by means of 3D animation, psychedelic pigmentation effects and room-scale interaction.

Lars Rummel, Marie Hinkelmann



Awarded with the DOK Neuland Award

Strictly Animated 2018
memento mori Dan Browne

In “memento mori” more than 100,000 photos become a compressed source of memories, a look back and thus a meditation on life and death.

memento mori

Animated Film
Canada
2012
28 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Dan Browne
Dan Browne
What first feels like a single massive rush of images quickly turns into a complex, unique and personal journey. In “memento mori” more than 100,000 photos shot and collected during a lifetime become a compressed source of memories, a look back and thus a meditation on life and death.

Duscha Kistler
Re-Visionen 2018
Oscar Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre

“I play what I feel.” An animated Canadian documentary about Oscar Peterson (1925–2007), one of the giants of jazz.

Oscar

Animated Film
Canada
2016
12 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Marc Bertrand, Jocelyne Perrier, Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre
Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre
Oana Suteu Khintirian
Ehsan Gharib, Brigitte Archambault
Olivier Calvert
“I play what I feel.” An animated Canadian documentary about Oscar Peterson (1925–2007), one of the giants of jazz. Combined with historical interviews, atmospheric drawings show the highs and lows of his biography. His little “Hymn to Freedom” contains the essence of a whole life in a nutshell.

Ralph Eue
Extended Reality: DOK Neuland 2018
Place – Part 1 Avi Dabach, Harmke Heezen, Judith Manassen Ramon, Mike Robbins

The main synagogue of Aleppo in Syria was heavily damaged in the civil war. This is the visualisation, detached from space and time, of the history of a place that no longer exists.

Place – Part 1

(none)
Canada,
Germany,
Israel
2018
10 minutes

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High Road Productions, Micha’s Films, Helios Design Labs
Avi Dabach, Harmke Heezen, Judith Manassen Ramon, Mike Robbins
Stephan Schüritz (Honig Studios)
Mike Robbins
The main synagogue of Aleppo in Syria was heavily damaged in the civil war. This is the visualisation, detached from space and time, of the history of a place that no longer exists. It’s like stepping into an old black and white film where several strands of time converge. Encounters are suddenly possible: with characters who are still alive or who died decades, centuries ago.

Lars Rummel, Marie Hinkelmann

The Apollo of Gaza

Documentary Film
Canada,
Switzerland
2018
78 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Philippe Coeytaux, Colette Loumède
Nicolas Wadimoff
Claude Fradette
Franck Rabel
Christine Hoffet
Nicolas Wadimoff, Béatrice Guelpa
Carlos Ibañez Diaz
In August 2013, a more than 2,000 year old bronze statue of Apollo turned up in Gaza. A Palestinian fisherman is said to have discovered the 750 kg statue on the ocean floor and, with a lot of effort, recovered it. Photos showing the well-preserved, greenishly shimmering god of light, the arts, medicine and oracles lying on a cloth with a Smurf pattern began to circulate. Though only a few saw the “Apollo of Gaza” with their own eyes, it instantly became an object of mercantile and geopolitical interests and speculations. There were offers and bids, negotiations with museums, suspicions and wild rumours. Then the statue suddenly disappeared, seized by the Hamas government – that’s what people say before they add that they’re not at liberty to discuss the matter.

“The Apollo of Gaza” traces the story of a spectacular find of, if nothing else, some symbolic political weight in a mixture of mystery and investigative research. What’s left at the end are the hopes of a region marked by war and blockades that expects the beautiful bronze god to enable them to reconnect with a buried cultural past.

Esther Buss

The Breadwinner

Animated Film
Canada,
Ireland,
Luxembourg
2017
93 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Anthony Leo, Andrew Rosen, Paul Young, Tomm Moore, Stephan Roelants
Nora Twomey
Mychael Danna, Jeff Danna
Sheldon Lisoy
Darragh Byrne
Fabian Erlinghäuser
Anita Doron, Deborah Ellis
The heroine of the latest Cartoon Saloon production is called Parvana. She’s eleven years old and lives with her family in a tiny flat in the Afghan city of Kabul. The Taliban dictate the law. And they dictate that Parvana’s father, a man and therefore the only member of the family allowed to be active, must be arrested. So how and where to organise the money to survive when the breadwinner is in prison? Parvana decides to masquerade as a boy … “The Breadwinner” exemplifies Cartoon Saloon’s distinctive style: unusual places and protagonists serve as a source of inspiration for a specific attitude towards the world – through narrative and design, focused on today.

Annegret Richter

The Sisters’ Bedroom

Animated Film
Canada
2018
7 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Claire Brognez
Claire Brognez
Pierre Yves Drapeau
Claire Brognez
Catherine Legault
Claire Brognez
Claire Brognez
Pierre Yves Drapeau
Abandoning yourself to your dreams, closing the curtains and being alone at last. The sibling hidden under the bed is mainly interested in the secretly hoarded chocolate, while the older sister has her first sexual fantasies. And what is this mysterious red ribbon? An animation with delicate figures that seem to be made of porcelain which creates a sensual mood whose innocence live action film can never achieve.

Saskia Walker