Film Archive

1813 – Gott mit uns

Animated Film
Germany
2013
3 minutes

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Sandra Strauß
Schwarwel
Ludwig van Beethoven
Thomas Reichl
Schwarwel, Dirk Reddig
Schwarwel
Maik Hartung
In October 1813, the decisive battle in the wars of liberation against Napoleon’s foreign rule – the Battle of the Nations – took place near Leipzig. More than 92,000 of the roughly 600,000 soldiers from over a dozen nations lead into this battle were killed or wounded. A typhus epidemic following the battle claimed many more victims among Leipzig’s civilian population. This fully animated film by Leipzig-born comic strip artist Schwarwel shows these victims, the war, destruction and suffering. “1813 – God With Us” is a film to promote community.

Abdullah

Animadoc
Germany
2013
9 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Holger Lochau
Jakob Besuch
Oleg Hollmann
Jakob Besuch
Jakob Besuch
“His name is Abdullah”, the doctor in the hospital tells the mother whose son just had a psychotic episode. For the first time in his life, Abdullah feels that he is regarded as an autonomous individual. A film about prejudices, narrated by Abdullah himself.

Amen!

Animated Film
Germany
2012
5 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Moritz Mayerhofer, Bettina Morlock
Moritz Mayerhofer
Wilhelm Stegmeier
Assen Semov
Moritz Mayerhofer
Damir Simovski, Mai Nguyen, Ania Plocica, Karl Krause
Moritz Mayerhofer
Dominik Avenwedde
What would God do if he could see how his word is preached to the people? A wicked and funny parable about a clergyman who goes completely over the top in a sermon for his last guest.
Neue Deutsche Animation 2013
An Adventurous Afternoon Ines Christine Geisser, Kirsten Carina Geisser

Actually Giant Fox & William Honda just wanted to enjoy a coffee together, but the afternoon is...

An Adventurous Afternoon

Animated Film
Germany
2013
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Ines Christine Geisser
Ines Christine Geisser, Kirsten Carina Geisser
The Giant Fox & William Honda Group
Ines Christine Geisser, Kirsten Carina Geisser
Ines Christine Geisser
Ines Christine Geisser, Kirsten Carina Geisser, Michel Esselbrügge
Ines Christine Geisser, Kirsten Carina Geisser
Jan Kristian Fuchs, Karl Ingo Willam
Actually Giant Fox & William Honda just wanted to enjoy a coffee together, but the afternoon is getting more adventurous than they thought.

Animation Circus

Animated Film
Germany
2013
7 minutes
German Competition 2013
Art War Marco Wilms

Art as a weapon! Graffiti on Cairo’s walls as a medium of rebellion, Egyptian underground artists as the chroniclers of events. A frenzied trip through colours and rhythms.

Art War

Documentary Film
Germany
2013
87 minutes
subtitles: 
German
English

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Marlen Burghardt, Marco Wilms
Marco Wilms
Ramy Essam, Bosaina and Wetrobots, Tonbüro Berlin
Marco Wilms, Abdelrhman Zin Eldin, Emanuele Ira, Bashir Mohamed Wagih, Ali Khaled
Stephan Talneau
Mohamed Khaled
Marco Wilms
Art is a weapon! This motto still holds true in Cairo. After 30 years of autocracy, President Mubarak was swept away by his people. Now the street belongs to them, the young rebels and artists. Graffiti sprayers and painters make the walls speak. They recount the days of fighting in blood-smeared portraits, the time of anarchy in wild collages, the attempts of liberation from a suppressed sexuality in obscene pictures. Walls become a chronicle of the rush of events; electro pop and rap supply a thrilling soundtrack. Euphoria is followed by overpainting and destruction. Snipers are at work, aiming at the protesters’ eyes. The revolution is no more romantic than this underground art, whose aim is to provoke and take risks, is accommodating.
In one episode, director Marco Wilms draws a line back to the historic murals of the age of the Pharaohs. In a country with a high illiteracy rate, such traditions become a tried and tested medium of revolt. In a wild tour de force through the past two years of permanent and radical upheavals, “Art War” shows the dangerous dance on the volcano as a trip driven forward by the colours and rhythms of the Egyptian painters and musicians.

Cornelia Klauß



Honorary Mention in the German Competition Documentary Film 2013

Augen zu

Animadoc
Germany
2012
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Holger Lochau, Milena Thomsen, Thomas Bergmann
Anna “Samo” Bergmann
Milan Jurij Viebeg, Ruben Fischer
Anna “Samo” Bergmann
Christoph de la Chevallerie
Children constantly amaze us: their boundless curiosity, imagination and original logical conclusions. This immediacy doesn’t stop at taboos. People don’t talk much about death, but children know about it. Everyone can die. Even their parents. Even they themselves.
Retrospective 2013
Berlin, 2. Juni 1967 Thomas Giefer, Hans-Rüdiger Minow

Footage of the protests against Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi Shahansha’s visit to West Berlin, which ended in Karl-Heinz Kurras’s fatal shooting of Benno Ohnesorg. A pivotal work for...

Berlin, 2. Juni 1967

Documentary Film
Germany
1967
46 minutes

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Thomas Giefer, Hans-Rüdiger Minow
Skip Norman
Thomas Giefer, Hans-Rüdiger Minow
Footage of the protests against Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi Shahansha’s visit to West Berlin, which ended in Karl-Heinz Kurras’s fatal shooting of Benno Ohnesorg. A pivotal work for the understanding of every potential for resistance that evolved in the Federal Republic after that date.

Olaf Möller
Animadoc 2013
Beyond Bytes Florian Köhne, Maral Pourkazemi

In Iran, private households are limited to painfully slow connections, while service providers are forced to filter the web, making thousands of websites inaccessible ...

2013

Beyond Bytes

Animadoc
Germany
2013
3 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Maral Pourkazemi, Florian Köhne
Florian Köhne, Maral Pourkazemi
Albrecht Schrader
Florian Köhne
Maral Pourkazemi, Florian Köhne, Bronwen Robertson
Florian Köhne, Hannes Hoepfner
In Iran, private households are limited to painfully slow connections, while service providers are forced to filter the web, making thousands of websites inaccessible. Iran’s new Cyber Crimes Law is vague and unreasonable and is being used to inflict harsh punishments on computer users. Some Iranians however use technologies to break free of the “halal” net. An animated infographic about the Iranian Internet.

Beyond the Wave

Documentary Film
Germany,
Japan
2013
83 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Gregor Streiber
Kyoko Miyake
Shigeru Umebayashi
Kozo Natsuumi, Shai Levy
Joby Gee
Kyoko Miyake
Dominik Raetz, Tsukada Dai
Collapsed roofs, broken windowpanes, withered plants, dead animals – a deserted place. A grocery store looks almost exactly as it did on that day in March 2011. The few people one sees wear white paper suits and surgical masks. They are the ones who lost the world they lived in on that March day. One of them is aunt Kuniko. “It’s only natural to look for new sources of energy.” These words once advertised the construction of a nuclear plant in this now dead region. “Beyond the Wave” is a unique demonstration that after the disaster of Fukushima this sentence should become the leitmotif of our future. Caught between the grief of having lost their past and hopes of a personal perspective, the protagonists are forced to redefine themselves in their ruined home, this no-man’s country that many left long ago. Kyoko Miyake shows, not least through her personal voice-over, how a fairly atypical, albeit non-angry rebellion starts to germinate in the remaining Japanese citizens, and how her businesslike aunt and many others are ceaseless attempting to reclaim the meaning of their lives, against all prejudice and in the spirit of “I cannot let this disaster ruin all my efforts.”

Claudia Lehmann
Kids DOK 2013
Bhavini – Ich will nur tanzen! André Hörmann

Little Bhavini dreams her way out of a Mumbai slum into a career as a dancer. She keeps practicing the steps of traditional Indian dancing, she keeps begging her mother to allow her to take lessons with a famous teacher. ...

Bhavini – Ich will nur tanzen!

Documentary Film
Germany
2013
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Heike Kunze, Max Milhahn
André Hörmann
Florian Foest
Marc Accensi
André Hörmann
Kevin Pinto
Little Bhavini dreams her way out of a Mumbai slum into a career as a dancer. She keeps practicing the steps of traditional Indian dancing, she keeps begging her mother to allow her to take lessons with a famous teacher. But that is expensive and they are barely scraping by since father died. So Bhavini begins to work at her mother’s beauty salon. But there is another obstacle to overcome: the entrance examination …
In this new instalment of his series about children in megacities, André Hörmann once again, rather than simply showing the life of foreign children, explores the question of what it means to live for one’s dreams.

Grit Lemke

Bianca läuft …

Documentary Film
Austria,
Germany
2013
83 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Tina Bara
Tina Bara
Bianca Maria Samer
Tina Bara
Tina Bara, Oliver Brodt
Tina Bara
Tina Bara, Oliver Brodt
Bianca, a young woman living in the Austrian province of Burgenland, is a mystery. She is a passionate runner, but when she walks her legs fail. She is a highly talented painter, who keeps sketching photorealistic images of herself that show her pierced, nailed, cut, in flowing robes, or tied to her running shoes. She talks about her diseases, the collapses happening at shorter and shorter intervals, and her passion for collecting dead animals, always with a smile on her ageless face.
The photographer and filmmaker Tina Bara respects her protagonist’s cocoon. She lets the paintings speak, which show cruel signs of self-destruction and self-hatred, screaming out for someone to probe the causes of this. At the same time, “Bianca Is Running” is a very quiet film whose strength lies in uncertainty. The director turns this cautious, gradual approach and her own doubts into the dramatic principle of her debut film, creating a structure that is open to interpretation. The encounters with Bianca take us into uncertain territory – neither she nor the film offer any footholds.

Cornelia Klauß
Focus Saxony 2013
Blaubeeren – Cerne jagody Maja Nagel, Julius Günzel

About gathering blueberries and the disappearance of a whole region. A poetic observation from the Lusatia region.

Blaubeeren – Cerne jagody

Documentary Film
Germany
2013
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Maja Nagel, Julius Günzel, Filmpunktart
Maja Nagel, Julius Günzel
Falk Joost
Julius Günzel
Julius Günzel, Maja Nagel
Maja Nagel, Julius Günzel
Frieder Zimmerman
A poetic documentary about collecting blueberries and the disappearance of a whole region. It’s the story of Edith and Christian Penksowie from the village of Rohde, situated in the middle of Muskau heath, a nature preserve in Lusatia. The inhabitants of this region have always lived in harmony with nature and their Sorbian traditions. But the forests are gradually displaced by open cast coal mining and the villages and people are following them.

Boles

Animated Film
Germany,
Slovenia
2013
13 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German

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Špela Čadež
Špela Čadež
Tomaž Grom
Michael Jörg
Thomas Schmidl
Oliver Throm
Gregor Zorc, Špela Čadež
Johanna Herr
Filip and Tereza are neighbours. He is a writer with writer’s block, she is an aging prostitute. They don’t have much in common besides the wall between their flats. But one day Tereza asks her neighbour to write a letter to her fiancé. But this is only the beginning.



Golden Dove in the International Competition Animated Film 2013

German Competition 2013
Caracas Maximilian Feldmann

The chronicle of a psychological disorder, told by relatives and friends. The formally rigorous portrait of a family and a society in which everyone has to function.

Caracas

Documentary Film
Germany
2013
54 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jana Beyer
Maximilian Feldmann
Marcel Walter
Luise Schröder
Anne Goldenbaum
Maximilian Feldmann
Dominik Leube
The distance between Germany and Caracas is about 8,000 kilometres as the crow flies. At first glance, this seems enough to forget everything that might sicken the human soul in our part of the world. Even if he doesn’t remember exactly why, Maximilian Feldmann was there, as proven by the few pertinent shots in his film. As for the rest, he decided to find his interlocutors in his home country of Germany and confront them only with the cause of his journey. To this end, he places them in slightly “crazy” frames. “We didn’t think it was an illness for a long time”, a lady says directly into the camera. Another man talks about authenticity as the theme of life. The film only gradually reveals the true identity of these people, to whom you feel surprisingly close, through the way they deal with a disorder. Taking a very personal problem as the point of departure, a formally stringent, in fact authentic portrait of a family emerges and, beyond that, a haunting image of our society. That was definitely worth the journey.

Claudia Lehmann