Film Archive

International Programme 2015
Als wir die Zukunft waren Lars Barthel, Gabriele Denecke, Andreas Voigt, Peter Kahane, Thomas Knauf, Hannes Schönemann. Ralf Marschalleck

People who were born in the 1950s in the GDR: the childhood memories of a generation. Six miniatures, rich in wit, nostalgia, and poetry. The echo of a utopia.

Als wir die Zukunft waren

Documentary Film
Germany
2015
87 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Barbara Etz
Lars Barthel, Gabriele Denecke, Andreas Voigt, Peter Kahane, Thomas Knauf, Hannes Schönemann. Ralf Marschalleck
Marcel Noll
Lars Barthel, Andreas Köfer, Thomas Plenert, Marcus Lenz, Sebastian Hattop
Grete Jentzen, Gudrun Steinbrück-Plenert, Pamela Homann, Mathieu Honoré
motionworks Halle, Jörg Herrmann
Uwe Busch, Maurice Wilkering, Thomas Funk, Nic Nagel
Generations define themselves by the future – sometimes there’s too little, sometimes too much. The generation born in the GDR in the 1950s were taught from an early age that they were the future of socialism. Quite a responsibility. And it didn’t quite work out, either.

The six male and one female directors of this omnibus film have their socialisation in common, and the fact that they all worked for DEFA. Nonetheless, their memories of childhood in a country that was still marked by the war, but also by a spirit of departure, are stylistically very different: from strict visual concepts to the exuberant use of animation or re-enacted scenes. They are strongest when they are visually condensed, opening associative spaces, or when they manage to tell their story from a child’s perspective, but with the knowledge of the adult. Most of them are children who lose first their father and then their faith in socialism. An interesting aspect is that the West didn’t only mean fragrant parcels, Westerns, toy guns or Uncle Alfred but also departed fathers. And even the fathers who stayed were mostly absent. The East, that was the mothers, beautiful and strong. Sometimes it broke them.

Ultimately, the problem was that socialism didn’t have faith in its children. Their narratives are like the echo of a utopia.

Grit Lemke
International Programme 2015
Automatic Fitness Alejandra Tomei, Alberto Couceiro

Life on an exacting conveyor belt. This detailed puppet animation that sparkles with ideas is a scathing satire on our brave new working world that thinks the term “human resources” through to the end and invents a new running technique in the process.

Automatic Fitness

Animated Film
Germany
2015
21 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Alejandra Tomei
Alejandra Tomei, Alberto Couceiro
Boris Joens, Ole Wulfers
Alejandra Tomei
Dietmar Kraus
Alberto Couceiro
Alejandra Tomei, Alberto Couceiro
Dietrich Körner
Imagine waking up in the morning in your bed, which stands on an assembly line. An automatic wake-up call and a few pills handed to you by robots make you fit for the working day. And so on and so forth at a predetermined speed. Life on an exacting conveyor belt. This detailed puppet animation that sparkles with ideas is a scathing satire on our brave new working world that thinks the term “human resources” through to the end and invents a new running technique in the process.

Lars Meyer



Healthy Worklplaces Film Award 2015

International Programme 2015
Der Auftritt Francesca Bertin

A short film for all those who have always been interested in the secret of cultivated conversation. And if you’re not interested: come anyway! Maybe you’ll learn something about your karma.

Der Auftritt

Documentary Film
Germany
2015
4 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Francesca Bertin, Leonhard Kaufmann
Francesca Bertin
Leonhard Kaufmann
Leonhard Kaufmann
Francesca Bertin
A short film for all those who have always been interested in the secret of cultivated conversation. And if you’re not interested: come anyway! Maybe you’ll learn something about your karma.

Matthias Heeder
International Programme 2015
Die Angst des Wolfs vor dem Wolf Juliane Jaschnow

A howl in the wilderness. A shape moves back and forth in the bloody red flickering light of a double fight – against the wolf, but even more against the fear of the wolf. No escape, the razor’s edge – powerfully eloquent.

Die Angst des Wolfs vor dem Wolf

Animated Film
Germany
2014
5 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Ostpol e.V.
Juliane Jaschnow
Juliane Jaschnow
Juliane Jaschnow
Juliane Jaschnow
Stefan Petermann
Juliane Jaschnow, Stefan Petermann
A howl in the wilderness. A shape moves back and forth in the bloody red flickering light of a double fight – against the wolf, but even more against the fear of the wolf. No escape, the razor’s edge – powerfully eloquent. An equally minimalist and gripping film poem by filmmaker Juliane Jaschnow and writer Stefan Petermann about the dialectics of becoming a victim or a perpetrator. Whatever side you’re on: you’ll lose if you stay as you are.

Nadja Rademacher
International Programme 2015
Dissonance Till Nowak

This state of general irritation, however, suits Till Nowak brilliantly as he portrays the confusion of his protagonist, a homeless piano player, his psychoses and the fears of everyone involved.

Dissonance

Animated Film
Germany
2015
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Till Nowak
Till Nowak
Olaf Taranczewski, Frank Zerban
Ivan Robles Mendoza
Till Nowak, Philipp Hahn
Till Nowak, Malte Lauinger
Till Nowak
Andreas Radzuweit
It’s getting harder and harder to draw boundaries between film genres. And why should we? Fantasy and reality are as close to each other as documentary, fiction and animated film. Of course this disintegration of the traditional order can be scary, for what is now right? This state of general irritation, however, suits Till Nowak brilliantly as he portrays the confusion of his protagonist, a homeless piano player, his psychoses and the fears of everyone involved.

Annegret Richter
International Programme 2015
Immer müder Jochen Kuhn

Painted everyday life, rationally observed, a calm voice with a laconic undertone – over the past decades Jochen Kuhn has developed this form of representation into a filmic language of his own and created a number of small masterpieces.

Immer müder

Animated Film
Germany
2014
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jochen Kuhn
Jochen Kuhn
Jochen Kuhn
Jochen Kuhn
Olaf Meltzer
Jochen Kuhn
Jochen Kuhn
Olaf Meltzer
Painted everyday life, rationally observed, a calm voice with a laconic undertone – over the past decades Jochen Kuhn has developed this form of representation into a filmic language of his own and created a number of small masterpieces. This time his starting point is his own tiredness. Initially quite ordinary, it gradually grows to grotesque dimensions. But this is precisely what makes us see the absurdity of our hyper-speed society.

Annegret Richter
International Programme 2015
Possessed by Djinn Dalia Al Kury

A father who killed his little daughter because he believed she was possessed by a demon. The reconstruction of a Jordanian criminal case and the exploration of a spiritual parallel world.

Possessed by Djinn

Documentary Film
Germany,
Jordan
2015
75 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Lino Rettinger
Dalia Al Kury
Zeid Hamdan
Eric Gottesman, Mutaz Sinokrot
Anika Simon
Dalia Al Kury
Bedouin Addy, Hamza Arnaout, Dalia Al Kury
In this part of the world, Djinns are associated with the genie from Aladdin’s magic lamp. Not so in Jordan, where a father killed his four-year-old daughter because he thought she was possessed by a demon. Starting with this case, the director Dalia Al Kury researches the (scandalous) progress of the trial and delves deeper and deeper into a parallel world where exorcism and folk belief are still practiced along with the Quran. In the process she enters into the collective unconscious of a society ruled by taboos. She demonstrates that Djinns are found mainly where there is non-conformity – in terms of moral ideas, codes of behaviour or mental disorders. The film is saved from becoming a treatise by the filmmaker’s open and visually rich approach to the subject, which reveals obscure aspects and the naivety of the believers. Conversations with her mother also show how closely religion, ritual and the desire for spirituality are interwoven – not just in the Arab world.

Cornelia Klauß
International Programme 2015
Tagelöhner Syndrom Rita Bakacs

Rita Bakacs had to rise early to film her protagonists (all of them male): the vacancies hatch at the Neukölln Job Centre opens at four in the morning. Latecomers could come away empty-handed.

Tagelöhner Syndrom

Documentary Film
Germany
2015
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Damian Schipporeit, Rita Bakacs
Rita Bakacs
Rasmus Sievers
Rita Bakacs
Rita Bakacs
Vensan Mazmanyan
Rita Bakacs had to rise early to film her protagonists (all of them male): the vacancies hatch at the Neukölln Job Centre opens at four in the morning. Latecomers could come away empty-handed. Waiting, smoking, drinking coffee. If you’re lucky and own a pair of hard toed boots you may get one of the coveted day jobs – hard work for little money.

In a few precisely observed and edited scenes Bakacs depicts the dead end of precarious work.

Grit Lemke



Healthy Workplaces Film Award 2015

International Programme 2015
Valentina, 26 Alexander Riedel

She came from Kosovo at the age of four and has finally arrived after years of “temporary admission”. An example of successful integration, but mainly the fun portrait of a wild chick.

Valentina, 26

Documentary Film
Germany
2015
45 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Bettina Timm
Alexander Riedel
Michael Leuthner
Ulrike Tortora
Björn Rothe
In 2007 we met Valentina in Leipzig as the protagonist of Alexander Riedel’s film “Run Out”. Her unrestrained vitality and aggression in the midst of the agony of a Munich home for asylum seekers left a lasting impression – even though no one believed that she would easily make it in this Germany which even then was not waiting for someone like her – from Kosovo, an “economic refugee”!

1. Valentina herself never saw the film completely or at least can’t remember whether she did, as she makes clear today, eight years later – in her inimitable way which, thank God, hasn’t changed. And, 2., no she didn’t make it easily. But she did, very impressively.

Isn’t this boring – a film about a successful integration? Where is the much quoted height of the dramatic hero’s fall? Okay folks, look at Valentina! She definitely doesn’t fit the mould of the “positive heroine”. When we see her speed through Munich with a patient (attention: she’s working as a nurse!), slouched on the wheelchair’s arm rest, a cigarette dangling from her mouth, we realise: the sponti slogan of the past, “Don’t leave us alone with these Germans!” was answered. We can never have enough people like Valentina.

Grit Lemke
International Programme 2015
Was fällt raus und was bleibt drin Julia Majewski

The psychograph of a species, that of the collectors and archivists. What makes them conserve, organise, categorise? Taking care of memories with passion and meticulousness.

Was fällt raus und was bleibt drin

Documentary Film
Germany
2015
45 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Julia Majewski
Julia Majewski
Diana Harders
Carsten Pütz
Diana Harders, Carsten Pütz
Collectors and archivists are modern goliards. Walter Benjamin wrote in a legendary essay: “The great collector is struck by the confusion, by the scatter, in which the things of the world are found.” They are also labourers of love in the chaotic chaff of reality. They like to fasten their hearts to things that are generally considered minor or marginal.

The director brought three wonderful specimens of the species of “collectors and archivists” in front of her camera for an essayistic investigation into the variety of impulses working on them. One of them collects with passion, the other meticulously, and the third advances the case of the dialectic relationship between remembering and forgetting. Collecting and preserving, remembering and forgetting appear like different aggregate states of reality and history in Julia Majewski’s film, or as opposed energies fighting against each other and yet mutually dependent. The repeated, even stubborn attempt to establish a precarious balance in this metabolism of forces is more than worthwhile – knowing that such a balance will never be permanently stabilised.

Ralph Eue