Film Archive

10 Years Smart

Animated Film
Germany
2008
0

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Stephan Reinsch, Sehsucht
NHB, Gerret Frerichs, Wenke Kleine-Benne
Hannes Geiger, Timo Schädel, Niko Tziopanos
BBDO Duesseldorf / Smart
Neue Deutsche Animation 2014
1989 – Unsere Heimat, das sind nicht nur die Städte und Dörfer Tommy Schwarwel

The story of the “Peaceful Revolution”, which saw its turning point at the Monday demonstration in Leipzig on October 9, 1989, is told by two protagonists who are archetypes of the late GDR.

1989 – Unsere Heimat, das sind nicht nur die Städte und Dörfer

Animated Film
Germany
2014
13 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Sandra Strauß, Tommy Schwarwel
Tommy Schwarwel
Hans Naumilkat, Hanns Eisler
Thomas Reichl
Tommy Schwarwel, Dirk Reddig
Tommy Schwarwel
Maik Hartung
The story of the “Peaceful Revolution”, which saw its turning point at the Monday demonstration in Leipzig on October 9, 1989, is told by two protagonists who are archetypes of the late GDR.

Aidsspot - Go for Gold

Animated Film
Germany
2002
0

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Richard Lutterbeck, Trickstudio Lutterbeck GmbH
Tonshmide, Dürbeck & Dohmen

Alerik

Animated Film
Germany,
North Macedonia
2013
15 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Labina Mitevska, Katrin Böhringer
Vuk Mitevski
Virginie Saint-Martine, Antoine Bellem
Nick Gaster
Teona Strugar Mitevska
Coming from the Balkans, this imaginative animation deals quite philosophically with the war and its impact on young people who were forced to join the army. The director’s choice of textures and colours along with the unusual camera movements and careful sound design create an exquisite visual style.
Rada Šešić
German Competition 2014
Am Kölnberg Robin Humboldt, Laurentia Genske

Four residents of Cologne in a prefabricated highrise on the edge of the city. A story of struggles against addiction and poverty, of lives that used to be different. And of friendship and happiness.

Am Kölnberg

Documentary Film
Germany
2014
85 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Kunsthochschule für Medien, Köln
Robin Humboldt, Laurentia Genske
Laurentia Genske, Robin Humboldt, Johannes Waltermann
Carina Mergens
Robert Keilbar
In 1974, a housing estate consisting of nine high-rises was built in the middle of a field on the southern edge of Cologne. Its silhouette, seen from a distance and in the right light, resembles a massive elevation, which soon earned it the name of Kölnberg (Cologne mountain). It also gained a reputation as a deprived area very quickly. People don’t like to talk about Kölnberg, and if they do, it’s usually in lurid headlines. In 2013, 4,100 men, women and children from around 60 nations lived in Kölnberg, the percentage of foreigners was listed as 61.8 %. Statistics are an effective tool and whoever has power over statistical definitions very much shapes our image of reality.
With patience and a lot of time, Filmmakers Robin Humboldt and Laurentia Genske worked their way behind the social stereotypes, headlines and statistics. Their film portrays four people to whom Kölnberg has become a home a long time ago or just recently. They avoid the equally well-meaning and condescending perspective of social services and try to realise a respectful, participatory encounter with the protagonists, who are both extraordinary and extraordinarily diverse in their respective “normalities”.

Ralph Eue



Honorary Mention in the German Competition 2014

Kids DOK 2014
Andrew mit Pauken und Trompeten André Hörmann

Andrew lives with his grandmother in one of the poorer districts of New Orleans, USA. His brass band is his passion; his dream is to become a musician.

Andrew mit Pauken und Trompeten

Documentary Film
Germany
2014
25 minutes
subtitles: 
VO_German

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Heike Kunze, Max Milhahn
André Hörmann
Thomas Bergmann
Vincent Assmann
André Hörmann
Donell McNairy
Andrew lives with his grandmother in one of the poorer districts of New Orleans, USA. His brass band is his passion; his dream is to become a musician. When the city prepares for Mardi Gras, Andrew must give everything, for he wants to be the proud drum major who leads the parade. Will the children accept him?

April

Animated Film
Germany
2012
4 minutes

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Richard Forstmann
When two persons quarrel there’s always a happy third who gets a rainbow.
Neue Deutsche Animation 2014
Bowob Tim Romanowsky

A black, hairy creature finds a strange box in his boring world. He begins to play and suddenly everything changes. A new world full of crazy scenes and creatures emerges.

Bowob

Animated Film
Germany
2013
5 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Tim Romanowsky
Tim Romanowsky
Johannes Krause, Claus Störmer
Tim Romanowsky
Tim Romanowsky
Tim Romanowsky
Tim Romanowsky
Johannes Krause, Claus Störmer
A black, hairy creature finds a strange box in his boring world. He begins to play and suddenly everything changes. A new world full of crazy scenes and creatures emerges.
International Programme 2014
BrückenJahre Peter Benedix

The long lasting struggle of three Lusatian villages against demolition. A “bridge technology” from the point of view of those involved – including the coal miners. What’s more important: work or one’s home?

BrückenJahre

Documentary Film
Germany
2014
98 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Peter Benedix
Peter Benedix
Fabian Koppri
Peter Benedix, Andreas Albrecht
Peter Benedix, Andreas Albrecht
Peter Benedix
Fabian Koppri
Once a year the men of Kerkwitz meet to raise the maypole. Since 2008, Peter Benedix has been among them to follow their and the Lusatian villages of Atterwasch and Grabko’s struggle against the imminent excavation by Swedish energy giant Vattenfall. Four years after the spectacular “Limited Home” and financed mainly by crowd funding, he now delves even deeper into what this much-vaunted “bridge technology” really means – in a region that owed its survival to brown coal for more than a century and that has now become its victim. What’s more important: one’s home or work?
In addition to the question of what this does to people who are trying to live some kind of normal life in the middle of a long, gruelling conflict, Benedix pays more attention than in his first film to the political level, the level of arguments. He pulls off the feat of giving both sides – miners and protesters – space without giving up his author’s position. While there is a (far from stupid) counter-argument for every argument, while referendums and constitutional challenges fail and new protests are organised (by both sides), a village shop opens in Kerkwitz – apparently against all reason – and a child is born. And the men raise the maypole. But they are fewer now.
Grit Lemke
Young Guns 2014
Buntirunti Medienwerkstatt Leipzig: Helene, Alba, Charlotte, Anne-Marie, Josefa

In a bare forest there’s a tree on which erasers grow. The coloured and ripe erasers fall to the ground and the forest keeps growing. A small white one, however, must work harder.

Buntirunti

Animated Film
Germany
2014
2 minutes

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Medienwerkstatt Leipzig: Helene, Alba, Charlotte, Anne-Marie, Josefa
In a bare forest there’s a tree on which erasers grow. The coloured and ripe erasers fall to the ground and the forest keeps growing. A small white one, however, must work harder.