Film Archive

Aquarela

Documentary Film
Denmark,
Germany,
UK
2018
90 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Aimara Reques, Heino Deckert, Sigrid Dyekjær
Victor Kossakovsky
Eicca Toppinen
Victor Kossakovsky, Ben Bernhard
Victor Kossakovsky, Molly Malene Stensgaard, Ainara Vera
Victor Kossakovsky, Aimara Reques
Alexander Dudarev
A film about water. Beauty, power and threat are mingled in Victor Kossakovsky’s latest work: the peace of the ice on Lake Baikal is treacherous. Under the surface it’s bubbling, melting – much earlier than usual. So a group of rescue workers is kept busy, pulling car after car from the frozen masses and recovering the drivers.

Icebergs are sinking in the sea here, storms drive torrents of rain aground in Florida, whole oceans are crashing down the Salto Ángel in Venezuela. 40 years after his debut as a filmmaker, 30 years after he graduated from the Higher Courses of Film Writers and Directors in Moscow and about seven years after his documentary “Vivan Las Antipodas!”, which measured the globe in geographical opposites, Victor Kossakovsky has produced another film that makes the landscapes of the world its protagonists. “Aquarela” shows bodies of water all over the world, in all their manifestations, in all their changing aggregate states caused by comparatively tiny differences in temperature. The camera maps on boats, dives under the surfaces, rises in the air to capture the expanse of space. Kossakovsky composes a visual symphony of primeval powers set to Heavy Metal music. The powerful images provoke awe, wonder flows from the screen like sea spray.

Fabian Tietke
Strictly Animated 2018
Black Tape Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot

To lead or to be lead? To dominate or to be dominated? A soldier and an activist are dancing a slow tango together.

Black Tape

Animated Film
Denmark
2014
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot
Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot
Uri Kranot
Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot
Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot
Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot
Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot
Thomas Richard Christensen
To lead or to be lead? To dominate or to be dominated? A soldier and an activist are dancing a slow tango together. Gradually other couples join them. “Black Tape” is a reaction to the growing and permanent violence between Israel and Palestine. Its ominous choreography is based on documentary footage.

Duscha Kistler

Doel

Documentary Film
Belgium,
Denmark
2018
67 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Mathilde Hvid Lippmann, Frederik Sølberg
Frederik Sølberg
Anders Rhedin, Anders Bertram Mannov, Lavvi Ebbel
Jonathan Wannyn
Mads Hedegaard
Frederik Sølberg
Andreas Sandborg, Neal Willaert
24 Cafés and three bakeries, a ferry, a butcher’s shop and a supermarket. That was Doel in its heyday. Today the city has a reputation as an adventure park for adults. Illegal car racing and techno raves fill the streets by night, during the day tourists in mini-buses debate whether graffiti are a form of art or just a sign of the decline (of manners). In his portrait of Doel, however, Frederik Sølberg doesn’t film the abandoned houses on the background of Antwerp’s expanding harbour but focuses on the people who have remained in their hometown. Some in defiance of the constraints of the situation, others because they see a chance to open up new spaces for themselves here.

Sølberg’s warm-hearted observations of the residents raise the question of the right to a home. Where is the people’s place when globalisation gobbles up their traditional spaces? The community of old and young people fight the dilapidation of the houses with gallows humour and an awareness of their curious situation. They aren’t ready yet to give up their home. Sølberg manages to capture the points of intersection between the residents, adventure tourists and the tuning scene, who share this place without really meeting.

Marie-Thérèse Antony

Egg

Animated Film
Denmark,
France
2018
12 minutes
subtitles: 
French

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Miyu Productions
Martina Scarpelli
Amos Cappuccio, Sofie Birch
Albane du Plessix, Martina Scarpelli
Martina Scarpelli, Emmanuel Lantam, Timon Chapelon, Annalea Hartelius, Sarah Rothenberger, Marta Dziedzic, Joel Stenback, Laura Konradi Brodersen, Maria Sandvig Nielsen, Emma Vasile
Locked into a transparent cube that contains nothing but a fridge and a few angular objects, a skinny woman is confronted with an enemy: the soft, undefined form. It arrives in the shape of a chicken egg that the woman is supposed to eat, because that’s what her diet plan which commands her to gain weight says. The egg provokes desire and panic at the same time. Eating it is nothing less than the worst case scenario.

Carolin Weidner


Golden Dove in the International Competition Short Animated Film
Nominated for the Young Eyes Film Award

Escapar, the Recurring Dream

Documentary Film
Denmark
2017
28 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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National Film School of Denmark
Barbara Bohr
Michael Rexen
Stephanie Stål Axelgård
Allan Funch
Michael Jarberg
Andreas Sandborg
In a recurring dream, a woman meets three people again and again: her mother, a friend, and a stranger. In real life she can’t escape her traumatic memories: 25 years ago she was wrongly imprisoned for 18 months. She was released only thanks to her mother, who bribed everyone in authority with sumptuous cakes. She has lived in exile ever since. A re-enacted somnambulistic reflection on ways to cope with painful experiences.

Annina Wettstein



Golden Dove in the Next Masters Competition Short Film

Kids DOK 2018
Girl Against Gravity Jens Pedersen

Eleven-year-old Erdenchimeg already has a stressful day. In addition to doing housework to help her mother she also attends a Mongolian school of acrobatics.

Girl Against Gravity

Documentary Film
Denmark
2017
21 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Maria Stevnbak Westergren
Jens Pedersen
Halfdan E.
Jens Pedersen
Jesper Osmund
Hans Møller
Eleven-year-old Erdenchimeg already has a stressful day. In addition to doing housework to help her mother she also attends a Mongolian school of acrobatics. She wants to be a contortionist. But unlike her fellow students, she must ensure the future of the whole family with her desired career. Despite the enormous pressure, Erdenchimeg doesn’t give up.

Kim Busch

The Bridge

360°-Film
Denmark,
Ukraine
2017
10 minutes

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Khora Contemporary
Nikita Shalenny
Nadja Odesiuk
We are on a journey around the world. Accompanied by ghost-like creatures we cross oceans and forests, pass desolate places. The horizon is only an illusion – an imaginary line that will never be reached. The bridge as starting and endpoint serves as a symbol for an escape to a better reality.

Lars Rummel, Marie Hinkelmann