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Cargo Cult

Animated Film
France
2013
8 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Ron Dyens
Bastien Dubois
On the Papua coast, in the middle of the Pacific War, some Papuans are appealing to the magnanimity of the Cargo god by elaborating a new ritual. “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” said Arthur C. Clarke.

Casa

Documentary Film
France
2013
54 minutes
subtitles: 
English
French

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Marc Faye, Gerald Leroux
Daniela De Felice
Matthieu Chatellier, Daniela De Felice
Alessandro Comodin, Daniela De Felice
Daniela De Felice
Daniela De Felice
Xavier Thibault
The house is crammed with objects of no great material value. Years after her father’s death, the director, her mother and brother clear the family home, once a promise of social advancement and now a place nobody wants to live in. The memories lie in the remains of everyday life and the junk of countless boxes of dusty entomological specimens. The mother tried to stop the passing of time by excessive collecting. And so the dialogues between the members of the family revolve around the big question of transience. Can memories be shared? What’s left of a life when the next generation attaches a different value to its objects? When memories disintegrate like the wings of the butterflies in their glass cases?
De Felice focuses on the process of remembrance and the question of what our memory retains. It’s not about the faces in the photographs, but the process of posing for the camera, filming and commenting. And the moments of silence while the camera is still running. And most of all the shape our memories assume. In this case, it’s the ink watercolours sketched by the director. Pared-down and delicate, sparingly animated from time to time, they do what only art can do: take us into the inner spaces where our families continue to live when all artefacts have long crumbled to dust.

Grit Lemke



Golden Dove Animated Documentary 2013

International Programme 2013
De que vuelan, vuelan Myriam Bou-Saha, Ananda Henry-Biabaud

Two women searching for spiritual healing in the world of the Venezuelan warlocks, shamans and soothsayers. Lots of black magic and even blacker humour.

De que vuelan, vuelan

Documentary Film
France
2013
53 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Spanish
French

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Alexis Taillant
Myriam Bou-Saha, Ananda Henry-Biabaud
Yannis Dumoutiers, Antony Antcliff, Julien Beaugé
Myriam Bou-Saha, Ananda Henry-Biabaud
Mélanie Brun
Sidonie Garnier, Myriam Bou-Saha, Ananda Henry-Biabaud
Capucine Caro, Thomas Prulière
Spiritism is rampant in Venezuela. All kinds of warlocks, shamans, priests, soothsayers offer their services in labyrinthine alleys. They evoke their African ancestors to fall into a trance, smoke fat cigars in whose ashes they read the future, occasionally spit heartily and perform ritual protective ablutions with chicken blood. The catholic cult of saints and Voodoo have formed a strange alliance on their altars and shrines. Healer or shaman? Whatever – many people who feel lost depend on them, including the two protagonists. One of them can’t get over the violent death of her son 16 years ago. Was it murder or suicide – or maybe even her own fault, as her sister claims? The other feels haunted by an evil spirit who forces her to thrash about, curse, and drink alcohol.
Their desperate search for the truth drives them from one redemptive ritual to the next. Through them, we take part in this sometimes shimmering, sometimes bizarre world of occultism. But where black magic is a natural part of life, there also seems to be black humour. Which is what the two women never lose despite all setbacks, and which gives the film a tongue-in-cheek quality.

Lars Meyer

Finistere

Documentary Film
France,
Germany
2013
26 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Simon Riedl
Daniel Andreas Sager
Andrej Ugoljew
Julia Hönemann
Isabella Kohl
Daniel Andreas Sager
Stefan Kesper
Finistère roughly means “the end of the earth”. It’s a place in France, at the tip of the Breton peninsula. In any case, the man with the small, mischievous eyes who leaves his tracks in the sand in this place speaks of the end. He never accepted his daughter’s death, he says, and is not afraid of his own. Daniel lives in a small boat on the beach, enjoys his cigarettes despite having lung cancer, writes poetry and likes to quote Léo Ferré. He “would rather be lonely than in bad company” and philosophises about carrying on, even though the end is as near as the sea. And Daniel does carry on. We see him in quiet moments with the water crashing against the rocky shore and the roaring ocean, a symbol for an unstoppable flow of energy. Daniel Andreas Sager discovered a truly amazing personality in this man who bears the same name as the filmmaker, giving us hope that Ferré may be right when he assumes that the silence of the ocean is a cursed pitching and tossing that will deliver our heart.

Claudia Lehmann
Animadoc 2013
Green Fingers Elsa Duhamel

Jeanine and Alain live in the north of France. Both come from Algeria and sometimes miss ...

Green Fingers

Animated Film
France
2012
4 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Annick Teninge
Elsa Duhamel
Jeanine and Alain live in the north of France. Both come from Algeria and sometimes miss their home. That’s why they planted their own Mediterranean garden which they enjoy cultivating very much.

Hollow Land

Animated Film
Canada,
Denmark,
France
2013
14 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Marie Bro, Dora Benousilio, Marc Bertrand
Uri Kranot, Michelle Kranot
Uri Kranot
Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot
Michelle Kranot, Uri Kranot
Normand Roger, Pierre Yves Drapeau
Solomon and Berta are two seekers who arrive – their treasured bathtub improbably in tow – in a land that promises respite from their many journeys. From the first optimistic moments after their arrival, to the final haunting scene at sea, the film captures the state of being displaced – whether by circumstance or by choice.
International Programme 2013
Inside Out Alastair Siddons

The young artist JR takes huge photos of city-dwellers to the spots usually occupied by billboards or pictures of dictators. Art conquers the city – a vision.

Inside Out

Documentary Film
France
2012
70 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Emile Abinal
Alastair Siddons
Antonio Pinto, Samuel Ferrari, Dudu Aram, Patrice Bart-Williams
Patrick Ghiringhelli
Gregor Lyon
Philippe Welsch
“Reconquering public space”, that’s what one might call the young French artist JR’s project. He has been travelling across the globe since 2001, preferably to places that are destroyed, scarred, hard to get to, places whose streets are dominated by large-scale pictures of dictators or proliferating billboards. He places large portraits of the inhabitants between the crumbling walls of Havana, Islamabad or Port-au-Prince – photos of wrinkled faces, marked by life, in harsh black-and-white contrasts. Their direct look at the camera asks: who owns the city? The investors? The politicians? The propagandists?
JR’s idea of not claiming a monopoly on his art is infused with the same spirit. He has published appeals to join the “Inside Out” project all over the world. The film shows three stations. What starts like a happening soon reveals its deeply political character. The project meets with fierce protests in Tunisia; the situation even threatens to escalate. The artists are treated like intruders. In North Dakota, juvenile suicides are the topic, in Haiti we see adolescents eager for life who refuse to lose their optimism among the ruins of a city destroyed by the earthquake. “Inside Out” is not an artist film but a vision of what art can be when it’s released and set free.

Cornelia Klauß

Kiki of Montparnasse

Animadoc
France
2013
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Olivier Catherin, Serge Elissalde
Amélie Harrault
Olivier Daviaud
Rodolphe Ploquin
Lucile Duchemin, Serge Elissalde, Amélie Harrault
Amélie Harrault
Yan Volsy
Kiki de Montparnasse was the muse of major avant-garde painters of the early twentieth century. Memorable witness of a flamboyant Montparnasse, she emancipated from her status as a simple model and became a Queen of the Night, a painter, a press cartoonist, a writer and a cabaret singer.

Miniyamba – Walking Blues

Animated Film
Denmark,
France
2012
14 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Vibeke Windeløv
Luc Perez
Moussa Diallo, Yann Coppier
Luc Perez
Luc Perez
Luc Perez
Michel Fessler, Luc Perez
Yann Coppier
Every day thousands of people across the globe leave their homes. One day, Abdu from Mali joins them – Europe glitters in the distance. On his odyssey from the River Niger to the barbed wire of the Spanish refugee camp of Ceuta the young man encounters some harsh realities. How many of his dreams could possibly survive?

Mohammad Saved From the Waters

Documentary Film
Egypt,
France,
Germany
2012
93 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Delphine Morel, Tamer El Said, Christian Popp
Safaa Fathy
Vincent Buron
Pauline Casalis
Mustafa Shaaban
The Nile, the cradle of Egyptian culture, is said to be a gentle mother, Paris-based writer and director Safaa Fathy says about her home country. But the Nile is an old, sick man, humiliated by those who owe him their lives. The river is polluted, the hospitals crowded with dialysis patients they can barely take care of. Like Mohammad, Safaa’s brother. A kidney disease is gnawing away at his health. But he refuses a transplant for ethical reasons, because organs are a gift from God. The sister who follows him with her camera finds this hard to accept. He is 42, has two children, and looks for new hope every day. He dies on the eve of the revolution. But his story continues posthumously as a dialogue between sister and brother. “It’s a shame for you to film me when I’m melancholy.” The evenings on the Nile depress Mohammad. He feels like a boat drifting on the shoreless waters. Safaa, on the other hand, remembers the legend of Isis, who collected her brother Osiris’s pieces from all over Egypt after he had been hacked to death. So she tries to fit the pieces together and understand this Egypt and its ailing health system, which remains blocked even after the revolution. She does this in an essay that is both personal and political.

Lars Meyer

Sea of Letters

Animadoc
France
2013
5 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Renaud Perrin
Renaud Perrin, Julien Telle
John Deneuve
A line of water comes to life on a stone surface and fades away. The story evokes the fate of a Spanish refugee in Marseille at the end of the 1930's. The water evaporates suggesting the remoteness and oblivion reflected in the letters that never reached their destination.



Honorary Mention in the International Competition Animated Film 2013

Silence Radio

Documentary Film
Belgium,
France
2012
52 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Isabelle Mathy, Delphine Schmit, Denis Delcampe
Valéry Rosier
Olivier Vanaschen, Mathieu Cauville
Nicolas Rumpl, Didier Vandewattyne
Valéry Rosier
Arnaud Calvar, Guilhem Donzel
Life is a chanson. Alain Resnais is not the only one who knows this; so do the operators of the “Puisaleine” community radio in rural Picardie. We see for the most part elderly people at the controls, struggling with the computer (occasionally the wrong song will be played), accepting music requests, telling jokes and giggling hysterically into the microphone, or dispensing esoteric to hands-on life counselling (“Leave the house!”). Their listeners sit in interiors that will soon be history, filmed with sociological precision: heart-shaped cushions, pictures of cats, teddy bears, artificial flowers, tassels and baroque curlicues. They sit alone on fully automated beds in rooms that are far too big for them and in which only the photos on the windowsill recall the families that once existed. And they listen to the radio: the song about the white roses, or the one about the love that lasted fifty years. We learn a story with every song, about nights of bombings and burning airplanes, about great love, or the child who died before the parents. And at some point they start to sing.
The elegant arrangements and meaningful montage of this tender film, imbued with loss and loneliness, but also with a quiet kind of humour, keep it firmly on the thin line between kitsch and great drama. A film for the heart, whose needs cannot be overestimated.

Grit Lemke



Honorary Mention in the Young Cinema Competition 2013

Sister and Brother

Animated Film
France
2012
4 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Annick Teninge
Marie Vieillevie
Sister and Brother are very close. But their carefree time by the sea is disturbed by the presence of another boy. A subtle film about growing up.

Stop-Over

Documentary Film
France,
Switzerland
2013
100 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Heinz Dill, Elisabeth Garbar, Sophie Germain, Olivier Charvet
Kaveh Bakhtiari
Kaveh Bakhtiari
Kaveh Bakhtiari, Charlotte Tourres, Sou Abadi
What is a human being without a passport? The question B. Traven discussed in his classic novel “The Death Ship” is still disturbingly topical. The death ship that director Kaveh Bakhtiari finds is called Athens. This is where he happens to run into his Iranian cousin Mohsen. But while he himself has had a Swiss passport from childhood, is able to move freely and cross borders, Mohsen is an illegal immigrant. He spent three months in prison for this and is now stuck in Athens – like thousands of others for whom Greece was to be no more than a stop-over. He shares a flat with curtained windows with other “illegals”. Kaveh decides to move in and share their life.
For almost a year he accompanies their daily life, which looks like the life in an ordinary flat-share only at first glance but is essentially marked by fear, claustrophobia and deprivation. The days move past the curtains like a shadow-play, while every day people risk their lives for their hopes, put themselves at the mercy of smugglers or wait years for fake passports. The film registers directly how their hopes crumble – an intense experience for the audience, who are “locked up” with the protagonists at least for the duration of the film. A courageous film that brings to light what is otherwise concealed by the shadow of the European crisis.

Lars Meyer



Talent Dove in the Young Cinema Competition 2013