Film Archive

International Programme
Ash and Ember Manon Ott, Grégory Cohen

A banlieue film outside of hackneyed stereotypes in which we meet remarkable people. A confident statement on the history of European labour in the past half-century.

Ash and Ember

Documentary Film
France
2018
72 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Céline Loiseau
Manon Ott, Grégory Cohen
Akosh Szelevényi
Manon Ott, Grégory Cohen
Pascale Hannoyer
Manon Ott, Grégory Cohen
A waking city, presented in majestic black and white and equally sparse and elaborate percussion sounds. Les Mureaux is a banlieue west of Paris, built in the 1960s to house the people coming from Sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghreb as close as possible to the great Renault production facility in Flins-sur-Seine. At the time, the formerly state-owned car manufacturer’s hunger for labour was insatiable. You could, if not live well, at least work well here as a labourer. Later, in May 1968, Flins was the site of one of the longest-running factory occupations ever to take place in France.

Today Les Mureaux is ruled by a strange synchronicity of traditions and breaks. Manon Ott and Grégory Cohen meet their protagonists, who exist as contemporary pragmatists, on equal terms, thus bringing out their individual vitality. And what an ear! Testimonies, stories, statements that want to be more than just information, want to be sound, or let’s say: life as lived. Their film creates a collective discourse on the critique of daily life, from the labour struggles of the past to the social insecurity of the modern slaves, unemployed and temporary workers, which is at the same time a condensed testimony on the European social and labour history of the past half-century.

Ralph Eue


Nominated for the Healthy Workplaces Film Award

Decorado

Animated Film
France,
Spain
2016
12 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Iván Miñambres, Nicolas Schmerkin
Alberto Vázquez
Víctor García
Khris Cembe, Pamela Poltronieri, Roc Espinet
David Rodríguez
Arnold occasionally wonders whether the world he lives in is really real and whether his life is really his. But in this pitch-black comedy, no one but Arnold seems to notice that existence is played out in episodes, infiltrated by product placement and interrupted by cliff hangers. What if the world is just a stage setting?

Duscha Kistler

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

Strictly Animated
Electronic Performers Arnaud Ganzerli, Laurent Bourdoiseau, Jérôme Blanquet

Music is rhythm, vibration, pure emotion. But what are emotions? And why do we experience them physically?

Electronic Performers

Animated Film
France
2004
6 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
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Revolvair, Machine Molle
Arnaud Ganzerli, Laurent Bourdoiseau, Jérôme Blanquet
Air
Music is rhythm, vibration, pure emotion. But what are emotions? And why do we experience them physically? The video for “Electronic Performers” by Air follows the pulse of emotion that spreads into our innermost bodies like a warm wave, entering through receptors into the finest branches of our nervous system and the tiniest particles of our existence.

Duscha Kistler
International Programme
Facing the Beast Emma Benestan, Adrien Lecouturier

A summer in the Camargue. 14-year-old Théo works as an intern on a farm for half-wild cattle. Monosyllabic, still lanky and boyish, he dreams of a future as a skilful Manadier.

Facing the Beast

Documentary Film
France
2018
26 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Jérémy Forni
Emma Benestan, Adrien Lecouturier
Alexis Paul
Emma Benestan, Adrien Lecouturier
Julie Borvon, Emma Benestan
Anne Dupouy
A summer in the Camargue. Théo is a holiday intern on a farm for half-wild cattle. Monosyllabic and still lanky and boyish he explores a men’s world, tests his strength against the “elemental force” of a young bull, dreams of a future as a Manadier – giving his mother cause for concerns about his health and less romantic career prospects. A quiet and honest film that takes a 14-year-old’s romanticising perspective on a holiday world bathed in warm sunlight and a changing corporeality.

André Eckardt


Nominated for the Young Eyes Film Award

Grands Canons

Animated Film
France
2018
11 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
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Girelle Production
Alain Biet
Pablo Pico, Yan Volsy
In his supernova of objects, Alain Biet gives the spotted surrealist screw one more turn with a drawn screwdriver. Deceptively real ink drawings of mundane mass products merge into jolly, large formations. Pincers, pliers and screwdrivers perform an obsessive Busby Berkeley show of symmetrically choreographed individualists, delivering, in passing, an ethnographic study of the world of still tangible consumerism.

André Eckardt

Hearths

Documentary Film
France
2018
18 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Thomas Hakim, Alice Bégon
Paul Heintz
Pierre Hilpert, Stanislas Cadeo
Jeanne Sarfati
Jérôme Petit, Grégoire Chauvot
The French title of this film is “Foyers”, which can be translated as “fireside” or “home”. For some people, this home is most clearly visible in the fire. But they see something else there. They are called arsonists. An essay of documentary voices, thermal images, impressions from a match stick factory, and a burning flat.

Saskia Walker

Homo Botanicus

Documentary Film
Colombia,
France
2018
88 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Nicolás Van Hemelryck, Clare Weiskopf, Pierre-Emmanuel Urcun, Guillermo Quintero
Guillermo Quintero
Violeta Cruz
Guillermo Quintero
Julie Borvon, Guillermo Quintero
Guillermo Quintero
Marc-Olivier Brullé
A professor and his master student set out to explore the untouched tropical Andes Mountains. The eminent botanist Julio Betancur has already collected more than 19,000 species of plants and archived them in a giant herbarium in Bogotá that he keeps expanding, assisted at the moment by his young follower Cristian. The director, Guillermo Quintero, was a student of Betancur more than fifteen years ago before he studied philosophy in Paris and later turned to filmmaking. He still feels respect for his former mentor today, and fascination for the seemingly anachronistic and romantic scientist’s view of the rich flora. The filmmaker follows the unusual pair, commenting events from offscreen as an outside observer. We detect admiration for their passion, but also doubt about their meticulous collecting. Is this kind of classification of nature still in keeping with the times?

In his debut film Quintero allows himself to be pulled into the eddying timelessness of the tropical forest. Varied and artful shots of the fauna show a surprisingly different and mystic view of Colombia, communicating the image of a country with a budding film industry whose authors devote themselves predominantly to political or personal conflicts.

Annina Wettstein

How We Played the Revolution

Documentary Film
France,
Lithuania
2011
72 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė
Giedrė Žickytė
Viktoras Diawara, Vytautas Bikus
Audrius Kemežys, Eitvydas Doškus, Rimvydas Leipus
Giedrė Žickytė, Samuel Lajus, Laurence Generet
Giedrė Žickytė
Vytis Puronas
In 1984, the beginning of perestroika in the USSR, a group of architects decided to organise a band for a New Year’s party joke in Kaunas, Lithuania. What started as a joke grew into the “Singing Revolution”: the new exciting rock band “Antis” became famous by word of mouth. Their imposing make-up and props, stylised show and lyrics created a pervasive caricature of Soviet propaganda, perfectly discrediting the absurdity of the Soviet reality.

I Had a Dream

Documentary Film
France,
Italy
2018
84 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Claudia Tosi, Nathalie Combe
Claudia Tosi
Daniele Rossi, Enrico Pasini
Claudia Tosi, Andrea Gioacchini
Marco Duretti
Claudia Tosi
Diego Schiavo
This film is flanked by two men: Silvio Berlusconi, who in 2008 became Italian Prime Minister for the fourth time, and Donald Trump, who was sworn in as president of the United States a little less than a decade later. Manuela, a member of the Italian Parliament, and Daniela, a local politician, see this period, marked as it is by men, as the epitome of political regression. Both have spent years fighting for more sexual equality, better laws to protect women from domestic violence and a more diverse body of political decision makers.

Is politics dead? This brutal question guides Claudia Tosi’s long-term observation of the developments of the past decade in Italy. With a loss of 6.7 % of the votes, the democrats were clearly defeated by the populist and Eurosceptic Five Star Movement. Neither Manuela nor Daniela ever thought that democracy, civil solidarity and the desire for progress would one day be challenged to such an extent or that Berlusconism, which they believed was overcome, would have such pervasive after-effects.

Lukas Stern



Awarded with a Golden Dove in the International Competition Long Film, with the Prize of the Interreligious Jury and with the FIPRESCI Prize

Kids DOK
Kaal Charlie Aufroy

In a land where hair determines how successful you are, a bald baby is born to the extremely bearded royal couple.

Kaal

Animated Film
France
2018
5 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
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Charlie Aufroy
Charlie Aufroy
Erwann Chandon
Charlie Aufroy
Charlie Aufroy, Jérémie Soilihi, Colin Japiot, Augustin Clermont, Hugo Cierzniak, Daniel Ly
Charlie Aufroy
Cédric Denooz
In a land where hair determines how successful you are, a bald baby is born to the extremely bearded royal couple. After the first shock, the parents acknowledge their unusual offspring. But will the royal subjects approve of this hairless change of values? A film with funny before and after effects.

Kim Busch

Little Dieter Needs to Fly

Documentary Film
France,
Germany,
UK
1997
77 minutes
subtitles: 
German
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Lucki Stipetić
Werner Herzog
Peter Zeitlinger
Rainer Standke
Werner Herzog
Josh Rosen
Werner Herzog, Dieter Dengler
Dieter Dengler, Werner Herzog, Eugene Deatrick
“Oh oh, this feels a little bit too close to home,” Dieter Dengler says into the camera when a few young Lao men tie up his hands again in the country of his torturers. Herzog sends his protagonist, who was shot down over Laos during the Vietnam War and spent six months in prison under inhuman conditions, on a psycho trip of a different kind. The film became a strategic model for working with re-enactments, for example in “The Act of Killing” (2012) by Joshua Oppenheimer, co-produced by Herzog. Herzog himself re-made the material into a feature film starring Christian Bale.

Kristina Jaspers

Love

Animated Film
France,
Hungary
2016
14 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
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Marc Bodin-Joyeux
Réka Bucsi
David Kamp
Réka Bucsi
Péter Benjámin Lukács
A meteorite overgrown with green lands on a planet populated by strange creatures to kindle light, colour, fertility and love. Plants begin to shimmer, animals become couples or become one with each other in various ways. A tale in three acts about desire, love and loneliness in wondrously surreal snapshots.

Duscha Kistler

Man on the Chair

Animated Film
France,
South Korea
2014
7 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Ron Dyens
Dahee Jeong
Sangwoo Ma
Dahee Jeong
Dahee Jeong
A man is sitting on a chair in a room. He has been sitting there for so long that he’s unable to get up. He is immersed in thought: where do we come from? Who created us? Or was it just coincidence? Is there life after death? What if this room is only a product of my imagination? What if the world itself is only imagination? And: do I exist?

Duscha Kistler



Honorary Mention in the International Competition Animated Film 2014

Mitra

Documentary Film
Belgium,
France
2018
82 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Geneviève de Bauw (Thank You & Good Night Productions), Jean-Laurent Csinidis (Films de Force Majeure)
Jorge León
Eva Reiter, George van Dam
Thomas Schira, Jorge León
Marie-Hélène Mora
Quentin Jacques
Jorge León uses the dramatic story of the Iranian psychoanalyst Mitra Kadivar, who was locked up against her will in a mental hospital in her home country, as the starting point of a complex art project which first gave rise to an opera production and later to this multi-layered documentary film.

In his film León challenges the supposedly clear boundaries between lunacy and normalcy, disease and health by artfully interweaving various layers of reality, documentation and stage production. Time and again he shakes the audience’s self-assured perception through contrapuntal combinations of his material and challenges us to perceive our own perspective as one that is always and fundamentally limited.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann
Kids DOK
No Gravity Charline Parisot, Jérémy Cissé, Caterina Fioretta Cosmidis, Flore Allier-Estrada, Maud Lemaître-Blanchart, Ludovic Abraham

An astronaut looking for a job – that should be interesting. It seems he’s no longer needed in space, so he tries out new jobs.

No Gravity

Animated Film
France
2018
8 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
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Supinfocom Rubika
Charline Parisot, Jérémy Cissé, Caterina Fioretta Cosmidis, Flore Allier-Estrada, Maud Lemaître-Blanchart, Ludovic Abraham
Arslan Elbar
Charline Parisot
Charline Parisot, Maud Lemaître-Blanchart, Ludovic Abraham
Charline Parisot
Arslan Elbar
An astronaut looking for a job – that should be interesting. It seems he’s no longer needed in space, so he tries out new jobs. But his skills don’t help him at the fair, the miniature golf course or the cinema, which makes his placement officer despair. He’s ready to give up at job no. 42. Only an almost extraterrestrial rescue mission can help him now.

Kim Busch