Film Archive

A Blue Room

Animated Film
France,
Poland
2014
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Ron Dyens
Tomasz Siwiński
Rémi Boubal
Tomasz Siwiński
Tomasz Siwiński
Tomasz Siwiński
Tomasz Siwiński
Lionel Guenoun
A man is in a coma. In his mind he wakes up in a room where a window is the only link to the world outside. He can’t open it, but he sees persons and events from his life move past outside.
Jean Gabriel Periot 2014
Before I Was Sad Jean-Gabriel Périot

In this film, Périot presents a tongue-in-cheek ultimate solution for all homosexuals: integrate yourself in the world of the heterosexuals, ideally become one yourself.

Before I Was Sad

Documentary Film
France
2002
2 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jean-Gabriel Périot
In this film, Périot presents a tongue-in-cheek ultimate solution for all homosexuals: integrate yourself in the world of the heterosexuals, ideally become one yourself. He illustrates it by placing portrait photos from his youth on cut-outs of fashion shots and newspaper pictures and moving them back and forth like nodding dogs.
Annegret Richter
Cross Media Screening 2014
Check-In – Visit Europe in 5 Minutes Andrés Jarach

A trip from the Tyrolean Alps via the Oktoberfest to the Canal Grande in Venice – and through the web. Interactive, satirical, documentary and entertaining.

Check-In – Visit Europe in 5 Minutes

Documentary Film
France
2014
10 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Jérôme Duc-Maugé, Cocottesminute Productions
Andrés Jarach
Alexander Knetig
Ilo von Seckendorff
Ilo von Seckendorff
From the Tyrolean Alps to the Oktoberfest right up to the Canal Grande in Venice – this interactive documentary web satire provides its audience with an entertaining experience of mass tourism.

Death of the Serpent God

Documentary Film
France
2014
91 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Xavier Pons
Damien Froidevaux
Ian Saboya
Damien Froidevaux
David Jungman
The back story sounds like a caustic fairytale but is a common practice in Europe. At the age of two, Koumba came to Paris from a Senegalese village with her parents. For 18 years, the French capital was all she knew until she ended up at a police station after a nocturnal fight and was deported within 48 hours.
She finds herself in the isolated village of her ancestors, among relatives she doesn’t know. The old legends in which snake kings rule the people’s fates are still alive here. The upheaval is a brutal shock. “White Koumba”, as she is called here – quite contemptuously – is now the mother of an illegitimate son and trapped. She reacts as she usually does: lashing out fearlessly and rebelliously, making demands and insulting her environment – including the filmmaker, whom she calls selfish. So at first the film is made against its protagonist’s desperate resistance. But Damien Froidevaux doesn’t give up, doesn’t abandon the rebellious girl. Over a period of five years he frequently returns from Paris to Senegal until he finally becomes part of a coping process. Koumba goes through a fascinating change of personality to become the heroine of her own odyssey, while always aware of the role of the camera.
Lars Meyer
Jean Gabriel Periot 2014
Devil Inside Jean-Gabriel Périot, Tom de Pékin

Women march, women exercise, women are part of the revolution. Their performances are sexy – and yet a demonstration of male strength.

2004

Devil Inside

Animadoc
France
2004
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Jean-Gabriel Périot, Tom de Pékin
The Flaming Pussy
Women march, women exercise, women are part of the revolution. Their performances are sexy – and yet a demonstration of male strength. This partly animated film plays with stereotypes by linking the archive material to the characters drawn on it, supported by a score by “The Flaming Pussy”.
Annegret Richter

Dies Irae

Documentary Film
France
2005
10 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Frédéric Dubreuil, Yves Le Yaouanq
Jean-Gabriel Périot
9,000 photos generated from Google, processed and edited to create the illusion of a journey: through streets, corridors, cellars and vaults, on highways, boulevards, through train stations – and a railway track leading to a gate … what looks like a meditative flow ends as a metaphor of civilisation, in ashes and fury.
Grit Lemke
Jean Gabriel Periot 2014
Even if She Had Been a Criminal … Jean-Gabriel Périot

The Marseillaise accompanies pictures of soldiers, battles, rallies and cheering crowds: the victory of liberty, equality and fraternity over Hitler’s barbarians.

Even if She Had Been a Criminal …

Documentary Film
France
2006
10 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Frédéric Dubreuil, Yves Le Yaouanq, Guillaume Desmartin
Jean-Gabriel Périot
The Marseillaise accompanies pictures of soldiers, battles, rallies and cheering crowds: the victory of liberty, equality and fraternity over Hitler’s barbarians. But the smooth flow of images comes to a halt to reveal a different truth about winners and losers, while the song blares on like a jaunty pop song …
Grit Lemke

From My Syrian Room

Documentary Film
France,
Germany,
Lebanon,
Syria
2014
70 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Nathalie Combe, Heino Deckert, Georges Schoucair, Myriam Sassine, Hazem Alhamwi
Hazem Alhamwi
Sivan
Hazem Alhamwi, Ghassan Katlabi
Florence Jacquet
Hazem Alhamwi
Nuzha Al Nazer, Frédéric Maury
A feeling of oppression creeps in. Hazem Alhamwi’s nib scratches over a black and white sketch worthy of Hieronymus Bosch. Apocalyptic motives and mordant satire are his speciality and were his salvation. In a country like Syria, where everything, even breathing – as someone bitterly comments – was controlled, havens were needed. Art that resigns itself to being non-public, can be one. This film was made when the protests following the Arab Spring raised hopes that something might change: saying out loud at last what was suppressed and would have lead to long prison sentences for decades. The director talks to friends and relatives to find causes and origins, beginning with childhood experiences of propaganda and personality cults, adaptation and fear. Today, when events happen so fast, we are in the age of fast media. Alhamwi’s nuanced tones, associative motives and trips into the visual worlds of childhood have a hard time keeping up in a present in which Syria is crushed between religious and ethnic interests as well as those of foreign countries. The voices from Alhamwi’s room are echoes of a time when people demanded democratisation and freedom. The film records those short moments when the opposition tried to form and articulate itself. The time allotted to the idealists was very short.
Cornelia Klauß
Jean Gabriel Periot 2014
Gay? Jean-Gabriel Périot

Gays are the people with good taste who hang around in art galleries and smell good, as every child knows. Coming out is as mundane as brushing one’s teeth.

Gay?

Documentary Film
France
2000
2 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jean-Gabriel Périot
Gays are the people with good taste who hang around in art galleries and smell good, as every child knows. Coming out is as mundane as brushing one’s teeth. And political correctness sells like hotcakes. But this parody gleefully takes it apart. About time, too.
Grit Lemke
International Programme 2014
Harvest Paul Lacoste

Every year, a colourful bunch of utterly diverse characters meet to pick grapes near Toulouse. An unusual look at a precarious job between poverty and self-determination.

Harvest

Documentary Film
France
2014
82 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Didier Creste
Paul Lacoste
Yvan Quehec
Anthony Brining
The scene: a small wine-growing region to the east of Toulouse. The time: mid-September. The cast: a company of about 15 women and men – “short service volunteers” for the few weeks of the wine harvest, armed with shears and buckets. The group has fanned out among the vines of a medium-sized grower in the Gaillac region. The statistics list them as harvest hands; the sociological term for them is “precariously employed”. The protagonists themselves, however, would qualify this imputation. Accepting it would mean handing over a big part of their pride. This attitude may be called unrealistic, but that’s precisely what director Paul Lacoste seems to be interested in: what people do and what they literally embody because of it rather than the opinions they express. The film still demonstrates almost casually how massively the insecurity of such an existence is inscribed into the protagonists’ behaviour. They all feel constrained by the unvoiced pressures of their situation. They may have more or less talent in suppressing such emotional and mental insights – but their objective effects can hardly be denied.

Ralph Eue



Healthy Workplaces Film Award 2014

Impostor

Animated Film
France,
Switzerland
2013
7 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Claude Barras
Elie Chapuis
Yan Volsy
David Toutevoix
Marina Rosset
Kim Keukeleire, Violaine Picaut
Elie Chapuis, Veronica Da Costa
Yan Volsy
A human-shaped deer tries to steal a man's identity by taking his head off. In the end the woman has to decide which of them is the real man.
Jean Gabriel Periot 2014
Intimate Diary Jean-Gabriel Périot

A man facing a (camera) mirror. The naked, young upper body suggests images and concepts from advertising and the media … which begin to dissolve as the body is revealed as damaged.

Intimate Diary

Documentary Film
France
2000
2 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Jean-Gabriel Périot
A man facing a (camera) mirror. The naked, young upper body suggests images and concepts from advertising and the media … which begin to dissolve as the body is revealed as damaged and the (voyeuristic) look becomes first embarrassed and then touched.
Grit Lemke
International Programme 2014
Jikoo, a Wish Christophe Leroy, Adrien Camus

A Senegalese National Park. Farmers whose harvests are destroyed by warthogs and an administration that protects the animals for the tourists. The dark side of the safari boom.

Jikoo, a Wish

Documentary Film
France,
Senegal
2014
52 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Lucie Bruneteau, Romain Boutin, Christophe Leroy, Adrien Camus
Christophe Leroy, Adrien Camus
Christophe Leroy, Adrien Camus
Christophe Leroy, Adrien Camus, Lucie Bruneteau, Romain Boutin
Christophe Leroy
Christophe Leroy, Adrien Camus
Nothing calms the global middle classes’ conscience like the establishment of nature reserves, preferably in countries that we can confidently bully around in all other respects. Senegal, for example, whose fishing grounds are being cleared out by the EU. Making the “Delta du Saloum” national park at Senegal’s Atlantic coast a World Cultural Heritage site is cheap, good PR and brings ecotourists. The only drawback is that there are people living in the area, some of them for generations, who have found their own way of co-existing with nature and have good reason to doubt that the tourism can be sustainable.
“Jiko, a Wish” portrays this conflict between international agencies, as represented by the park management and its rangers, and the inhabitants of the village of Bakadadji. These people have a very simple wish: a fence, please, so they can protect their fields from marauding warthogs which they are forbidden to hunt under threat of punishment. Because of the ecology – at least as far as those involved understand it. But tens of millions of Euros and US dollars are disappearing down the drip filters of the national administration, which is why, alas, there is no money left for a fence. Let the peasants dance for the ecotourists instead, and then they don’t need their fields any more. What to do? The film does not answer this question. It only holds a mirror up to us.
Matthias Heeder