Film Archive

International Programme 2017
Anne Clark – I’ll Walk Out Into Tomorrow Claus Withopf

An eloquent and visually stunning look at the life and work of the New Wave icon whose songs fill the dance floors until today – even if you would probably overlook her if you met her in the street.

Anne Clark – I’ll Walk Out Into Tomorrow

Documentary Film
Germany
2017
81 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Gerd Haag (TAG/TRAUM Filmproduktion), Mike Beilfuss (Kinescope Film), Torsten Frehse (Neue Visionen Filmproduktion), Claus Withopf (Claus Withopf Filmproduktion)
Claus Withopf
Nina Werth, Daniel Meinl, Claus Withopf
Christopher Tworuschka, Claus Withopf
Claus Withopf
Michel Klöfkorn, Johannes Grehl, Hagen Röhrig
Anne Clark eludes all categories and stereotypes. She sees herself as a poet and spoken word artist while she is celebrated around the world as a pioneer of electronic music and New Wave and regarded by many as one of the trailblazers of Techno. Having grown up with the DIY punk ethics of the late 1970s, she became active early on, even though it wasn’t always easy to make her way in the male-dominated music industry. Her very first singles, “Sleeper in Metropolis” and “Our Darkness” became classics that influenced generations of musicians.

Despite her cult following, the film shows Clark as an approachable and likeable person who allows deep insights into her work and comments with great lucidity on social political issues. Mixing interviews, archival footage and concert recordings, the film uses graphics to make language itself the focus of attention. The distinct characteristics of Clark’s works are gradually unfolded: an oeuvre that is absolutely unique in both music and literature without ever getting lost in l’art pour l’art. This portrait, which invites the audience to (re-)discover Anne Clark as an extraordinary artist, is also a powerful plea for remaining true to oneself as a person and as an artist.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann


Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

Bohemia, IA

Documentary Film
Germany,
USA
2017
30 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Angelo Wemmje (Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln)
Angelo Wemmje
Angelo Wemmje
Angelo Wemmje
Angelo Wemmje
90 per cent of the “Corn State” Iowa are used for agriculture. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that the “natives” this film focuses on are naive hillbillies. They make music and take Polaroid pictures, watch lectures on quantum physics on YouTube or discuss whether Elvis or Picasso is more “goth”. Buddy Holly’s “Listen to Me” drifts over from a cornfield – and Iowa’s other attribute of “Swing State” suddenly takes on a different meaning.

Esther Buss
International Programme 2017
Das Bett Lydia Günther

A deaf woman, a mute man, a blind man and a limping woman, caught in a frivolous round of love. Physical limitations lead to trials and tribulations.

Das Bett

Animated Film
Germany
2017
5 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Christina Marx (Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)
Lydia Günther
Lucia Martínez
Lydia Günther
Lydia Günther
Lydia Günther
Lydia Günther
Jerome Huber
A deaf woman, a mute man, a blind man and a limping woman, caught in a frivolous round of love. Physical limitations lead to trials and tribulations. But in the end lust turns it into an advantage for everyone. In Lydia Günther’s grotesque and funny world (not exactly attractive) puppets love their way full of suffering and passion through a buoyant cocktail of animation techniques.

André Eckardt
International Programme 2017
Der fordernde Blick Moana Vonstadl

“I spy, I spy with my little eye. And you’ll never see it.” The attraction and rejection of the other are the theme here – like a travel diary from no man’s land.

Der fordernde Blick

Animated Film
Germany
2017
8 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Moana Vonstadl
Caroline McCarthy
Moana Vonstadl
“I spy, I spy with my little eye. And you’ll never see it.” The attraction and rejection of the other are the theme here – like a travel diary from no man’s land. The densely woven narrative track is inspired by texts about foreignness and exotism. Moana Vonstadl works with dichotomies: black and white, a body and its overdrawings, the omnipresence of the narrator’s voice and the visual associative spaces opened by the flowing lines and blossoming drawings.

Nadja Rademacher
International Programme 2017
Die fünfte Himmelsrichtung Martin Prinoth

A family film about the search for one’s biological mother, for roots, one’s identity. The trail leads to the Dolomite Alps, Brazil and even the bottom of the ocean.

Die fünfte Himmelsrichtung

Documentary Film
Germany,
Italy
2017
78 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Martin Prinoth, Valerio B. Moser, Andreas Pichler
Martin Prinoth
Max Andrzejewski, Marco Mlynek
Jytte Hill
Martin Prinoth
Martin Prinoth, Akın E. Şipal
Martin Prinoth
The drama is reflected in geological dimensions, in primeval depths. Where does mankind’s desire to learn how the world was created come from? Where do we come from? There is stardust, the primary matter, the answer to the question, in the rocks at the bottom of the ocean. The origin of all life can be studied, but not necessarily the origin of an individual life.

Martin Prinoth took his film to the bottom of the sea – where the primary stone is found. And where his cousin Georg’s body sank when he was killed in a plane crash over the Atlantic in 2009. Georg was adopted, like his brother Markus. They were born in Brazil and moved into a village in the Dolomites when they were small children, with no knowledge of their origin and who were or are their biological mothers. “The Fifth Point of the Compass” goes on an exceptionally sensitive and attentive quest for the roots and identities of its protagonists – from South Tyrol to Brazilia and finally to the bottom of the ocean.

Lukas Stern


Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize
International Programme 2017
Die neuen Kinder von Golzow Simone Catharina Gaul

The children learn how to fish, attend voluntary fire brigade drills and sing German children’s songs. A calm look at the day to day process of integration of Syrian refugees in the Oderbruch.

Die neuen Kinder von Golzow

Documentary Film
Germany
2017
90 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Arek Gielnik, Dietmar Ratsch
Simone Catharina Gaul
Hannah von Hübbenet
Niclas Reed Middleton
Jan Bihl
Simone Catharina Gaul
Dominik Leube, Oscar Stiebitz
There is a film museum in Golzow, a small town in the Oderbruch in Brandenburg. This is where from 1961 to 2007 one of the biggest long-term projects in film history, entitled “The Children of Golzow”, was produced, a chronicle of its inhabitants from their first school day to long after the reunification. The school was almost closed in the meantime, for even Golzow is not exempt from the problems of the region: people move into the cities, shops close down, the society is aging and falling apart.

But new children are coming to Golzow – the children of Syrian refugee families. Quite calmly and with a sharp eye for the beauty of situations Simone Catharina Gaul illuminates the everyday life of integration in the country. The newcomers learn German and fishing, attend drills of the voluntary fire fighters and sing German children’s songs. “The most beautiful sight: a school with kids”, the mayor once says, pointing at the schoolyard behind him. Indeed, it is the most beautiful sight! For this is where “The New Children of Golzow” reach the point where “The Children of Golzow” began in 1961.

Lukas Stern


Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize
International Programme 2017
Die Wirkung des Geschützes auf Gewitterwolken Juliane Jaschnow, Stefanie Schroeder

Waves, storms and tornadoes are heading for Germany – everybody knows this, the weather forecasters, YouTube and games developers.

Die Wirkung des Geschützes auf Gewitterwolken

Documentary Film
Germany
2017
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Juliane Jaschnow, Stefanie Schroeder
Juliane Jaschnow, Stefanie Schroeder
Juliane Jaschnow, Stefanie Schroeder
Juliane Jaschnow, Stefanie Schroeder
Juliane Jaschnow, Holger Reissig, Stefanie Schroeder
Waves, storms and tornadoes are heading for Germany – everybody knows this, the weather forecasters, YouTube and games developers. The climate scenario becomes a lot of hot air, data sloshing everywhere, shitstorms or floods of refugees. (Lust of) fear everywhere. A filmic attempt to mediate between troposphere and trope.

Carolin Weidner
International Programme 2017
Error 404 Kays Khalil

What’s growing like weeds in empty space? On 17 December 2010, the Tunisian fruit seller Mohamed Bouazizi publicly set himself on fire – the Arab Spring was set in motion, began to proliferate, spread.

2017

Error 404

Animadoc
Germany
2017
7 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Kays Khalil
Kays Khalil
Rudi Hochrein, Marcus Tronsberg
Kays Khalil
Kays Khalil, Kazim Emrah Akal
Kays Khalil, Kazim Emrah Akal
Kays Khalil
Rudi Hochrein
What’s growing like weeds in empty space? On 17 December 2010, the Tunisian fruit seller Mohamed Bouazizi publicly set himself on fire – the Arab Spring was set in motion, began to proliferate, spread. A fast motion animated run through the interior architecture of revolution in the modern world, right into the split character of the event: from the planet’s surface to digital de-spatialisation.

Lukas Stern
International Programme 2017
Good Night, Everybuds! Benedikt Hummel

The world lies down snugly in the gently rolling waves of soft music. The cactus sleeps, the snake sleeps, tennis sleeps. The night of lovers begins.

Good Night, Everybuds!

Animated Film
Germany
2017
5 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Stefan Michel
Benedikt Hummel
Andreas Pfeiffer
Benedikt Hummel, Matisse Gonzalez Jordan
Lena Beck
The world lies down snugly in the gently rolling waves of soft music. The cactus sleeps, the snake sleeps, tennis sleeps. The night of lovers begins. Senses knead bodies and roll them out into slinky planes. Desire halfpipes in the skate park of touches, laid out in warm colours in the moonlight by Benedikt Hummel, who allows what’s beautiful to happen with a wink.

André Eckardt

Greater Than

Animated Film
Germany,
Switzerland
2017
9 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Roland Fischer
Kate Haase, Sebastian Hühnel
Verena Marisa
Sebastian Hühnel
Kate Haase
Kate Haase, Sebastian Hühnel
Kate Haase, Sebastian Hühnel
Lukas Fuchs
You take a risk when you leave your sheltering cocoon to step into the glaring light of the outside world. Especially when this world is made of long, stele-like white forms which move in unpredictable ways and threaten to grasp you. Herma meets a far bigger creature that speaks her language here. Each of them manages to climb a stele. Can their peculiar dialogue be continued despite the distance? A stylised puppet animation about self-liberation and its limits.

Nadja Rademacher
International Programme 2017
Joe Boots Florian Baron

Joe leaves high school to join the army. He is not yet 20 when he goes to war in Iraq and realises that this is not a game. The film finds images for Joe’s inner states after his return.

Joe Boots

Documentary Film
Germany,
USA
2017
29 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Florian Baron
Florian Baron
Fatima Camara, Jana Irmert
Johannes Waltermann
Maja Tennstedt
Florian Baron
Jana Irmert, Linus Nickl, Nils Vogel-Bartling
Joe leaves high school to join the army. The terrorist attacks of September 11th have created new bogeymen and military equipment is extremely fascinating. He is not yet 20 when he goes to war in Iraq and realises that this is not a game. The film finds images for Joe’s inner states after his return: with no contact with his environment or himself his experiences never lose their hold on him. The power of his stories makes the futility of all those war operations tangible.

Leopold Grün

Link

Animated Film
Germany
2017
8 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Robert Löbel
Robert Löbel, Anne-Lou Erambert, Dante Zaballa, Olivia Blanc, Guille Comin, Kathy Würbs
David Kamp
One like this, the other like that. Though joined at the head by their shared hair, the two figures’ thoughts move in very different directions. In Robert Löbel’s acrobatic story of cutting the cord the tie that holds them together refuses to break, stretching and creaking like rubber to form deeply strange convolutions and reach surprising solutions.

André Eckardt

Machines

Documentary Film
Finland,
Germany,
India
2016
71 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Rahul Jain, Thanassis Karathanos, Iikka Vehkalahti
Rahul Jain
Rodrigo Trejo Villanueva
Rahul Jain, Yaël Bitton
Susmit Nath, Adrian Baumeister
The camera movements are ghostlike because it is a disembodied presence floating through the factory. But what it captures is surreal: infernal fires and reams of fabric falling like water. It’s noisy, it’s dark, but on the back of this image-hungry creature we move quickly through the rooms. It’s not clear what it is looking for. Sometimes it will hide, crouching in a corner, lurking for the workers who don’t seem to notice. There’s humidity everywhere, liquids, tinctures and sweat. And the sound of turning rollers. A textile factory in the Indian state of Gujarat, which nobody visits unless absolutely forced to. Still, there are jobs here, albeit badly paid, and no trace of union structures. “The state of Gujarat has fed the stomachs of the poor,” somebody says in the film.

Carolin Weidner


Nominated for Healthy Workplaces Film Award

Man of Smoke

Documentary Film
Germany,
Serbia
2017
32 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Marko Mijatović, Kristina Konrad (weltfilm GmbH)
Marko Mijatović, Luka Papić
Luka Papić, Marko Mijatović
Luka Papić, Marko Mijatović
Luka Papić, Marko Mijatović
Luka Papić, Marko Mijatović
“The Prostitute”, “The Addict”, “Gay Man”, “The Bitch” are the titles of 75-year-old recreational poet Slobodan Stevanović’s most popular poems. And popularity – in the Serbian provinces just like everywhere else – is measured by click figures. Slobodan and his son Bojan send his works into the world via YouTube. Poetry conquers new spaces, while the tube TV set in the old space next door is flickering and the “cevapcici “are frying.

Lukas Stern
International Programme 2017
Montags in Dresden Sabine Michel

Who are the people who protest in the streets of Dresden every week? What do they really want? Sabine Michel explores the mindsets of Pegida supporters with open-minded interest.

Montags in Dresden

Documentary Film
Germany
2017
83 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Susann Schimk
Sabine Michel
Martin Langner
Vinzent Kutsche
Johannes Schneeweiß
94 tins of food, 60 packages of canned sausage, a stock of toilet paper stacked to the ceiling and several plastic boxes of instant coffee. Sabine Ban, a single young mother, is prepared – for an armed conflict with Russia or, a scenario she deems more likely, a civil war in her country. There have been weekly demonstrations in Dresden since October 2014. Calling themselves “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the Occident”, Pegida in short, numerous people have banded together to carry their protest against the government into the street. Sabine Ban is one of those who regularly attend the rallies.

“Who protests here and what are their reasons? What do they really want?” director Sabine Michel asks at the start of the film. To find this out she followed three convinced early Pegida supporters, including a former member of the organisation team, René Jahn. With its open-minded interest in the life and mindsets of its protagonists, the film gets very close to the phenomena which often seem containable only by hackneyed phrases: angry citizens, fake media, the left-behinds, the elites.

Lukas Stern


Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, Filmprize "Leipziger Ring"
International Programme 2017
Nachlass Christoph Hübner, Gabriele Voss

How do we imagine the connections between then and now? How much weight does a photo of one’s own father in SS uniform have? “Legacy” gives us a hint of a sense of this.

Nachlass

Documentary Film
Germany
2017
108 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Christoph Hübner Filmproduktion
Christoph Hübner, Gabriele Voss
Gilad Hochman
Christoph Hübner
Gabriele Voss
Christoph Hübner, Gabriele Voss
Stefan Korte
Adi Kantor shows us pictures she took in Auschwitz – of the high fences around the camp’s pathways, the rows of barracks. She’s clicking through these views on her computer and ends up with images of parties in Cracow. Those raised hands holding beer glasses are like a gesture of victory, as if they had gotten something over with, says the historian who also gives tours of the Berlin “Topography of Terror” Documentation Centre, pointing at the picture. By contrasting these photos following each other without further ado, Christoph Hübner’s and Gabriele Voss’s film comes straight to the point: how do we imagine the connections between then and now? How is the perpetrators’ guilt perpetuated in the following generations? What are the – conscious or unconscious – feelings of the children and grandchildren of perpetrators and victims?

The culture of remembrance of the Nazi regime and the Holocaust is not just a matter of public awareness sustained by memorials and monuments, exhibitions and museums. It is also a matter of manifold and specific private confrontations. “Legacy” gives us a hint of a feeling of the weight a photo of one’s own father in SS uniform can have.

Lukas Stern


Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize