Film Archive

International Programme 2018
(M)Other Antonia Hungerland

How does the image of motherhood change when egg donation, surrogate motherhood or adoption add various alternatives to the male-female-intercourse-biology model?

(M)Other

Documentary Film
Germany
2018
88 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German

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Christopher Zitterbart, Saskia Veigel, Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Antonia Hungerland
Markus Zierhofer
Antonia Hungerland
Antonella Sarubbi
Antonia Hungerland
Tim Altrichter, Benedikt Ludwig, Christoph Walter, Luise Hofmann
It’s quite realistic today for a child to have three mothers: an egg donor gives her genes to a baby who is born by a surrogate mother and raised by another woman or a person who may be male and gay. The classic concept of “natural” motherhood reaches its limits here (and elsewhere).

The definition of motherhood is being contested. The general controversy about changing social norms is reflected in the debate about (good) mothers. This discussion, as “(M)Other” very clearly demonstrates, concerns everybody. Both those who have to contend with stereotypes and prejudice as “classic” mothers and those who claim the term even though they do not correspond to the established “model” that stubbornly resists all obvious changes. Antonia Hungerland shows that the seemingly personal is still (or: today more than ever) highly political.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann


Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

Late Harvest 2018
#Female Pleasure Barbara Miller

Misogyny is structurally inscribed in the cultural cores of all social systems in the world. “#Female Pleasure” exposes these cores, lucidly and from a global perspective.

#Female Pleasure

Documentary Film
Germany,
Switzerland
2018
97 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Philip Delaquis, Arek Gielnik
Barbara Miller
Peter Scherer
Anne Misselwitz, Gabriela Betschart, Akiba Jiro
Isabel Meier
Barbara Miller
Tom Weber
Women are subordinate to men. They are born sinful and have no legal claim to their own body. Misogyny is more than a phenomenon observed across continental divides all over the world and in some cases the cause of abuse and crime. It is structurally inscribed – literally – into the core of all social systems founded on religious beliefs. In the bible, for example, we read: “I find woman more bitter than Death […] The man who is pleasing to God eludes her.”

In this lucid film, which takes a global perspective, five female protagonists talk about misogynistic behaviour they experienced, hostilities they were exposed to, crimes committed against them. Rokudenashiko, a Japanese artist, is on trial for the obscenity of her art. Deborah Feldman escaped with her son from a Hassidic community in Brooklyn, leaving her husband to whom she was forcibly married. Leyla Hussein, Doris Wagner and Vithika Yadav talk about rape and mutilation, lack of legal protection, homophobia, shame and the strange feeling that one’s sexuality and body are associated with sin from birth.

Lukas Stern



Awarded with the Special Prize of the Interreligious Jury

A Mythology of Pleasure

Documentary Film
Germany,
Spain
2017
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Lara Rodríguez Cruz, Jule Katinka Cramer, Ute Dilger (KHM – Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln)
Lara Rodríguez Cruz
Lennart Saathoff
Jule Katinka Cramer
Arturo Peña
Lara Rodríguez Cruz, Jule Katinka Cramer
Paul Große-Schönepauck
Really, there used to be a lot more action back then! And even more before that. And at the beginning of time? One dares not imagine what was happening then. Filmmaker Lara Rodríguez Cruz and her camerawoman and co-writer Jule Katinka Cramer have imagined it anyway, and done so in the brightest colours and finest words. It’s a matter of speculation whether our Lord Almighty, had he known how much fun his heathen ancestors had at work, would have been just a tiny bit envious.

Ralph Eue
International Programme 2018
All Creatures Welcome Sandra Trostel

A creative dive into the CCC hackers’ philosophy, which is not to bemoan the growing digitisation of life but to seize the technology to improve our life.

All Creatures Welcome

Documentary Film
Germany
2018
87 minutes
subtitles: 
German
English

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Sandra Trostel
Sandra Trostel
Thies Mynther
Sandra Trostel, Lilli Thalgott
Sandra Trostel
Jon Frickey
Sandra Trostel, Thies Mynther
Jonas Hummel

A playful and highly informative attempt to describe the anarchic variety of creatures who regularly meet at camps and international conventions under the umbrella of Europe’s biggest hacker association, the Chaos Computer Club. Sandra Trostel looks over the shoulders of nerds, political activists, makers and “other galactic life forms” and shows, complemented by short animated sequences, what it means to regard society not as a given fact but as malleable material there to be “hacked”. Renouncing glorification but revealing a well-developed sense for inner contradictions, the film portrays a (sub)culture whose concerns have long become mainstream.



Luc-Carolin Ziemann



Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize


Kids DOK 2018
Am Boden der Tatsachen Monika Tenhündfeld

Can it fly or not? We’re talking about the bumblebee. There’s a persistent rumour that it’s physically impossible to move such a body through the air without help.

Am Boden der Tatsachen

Animated Film
Germany
2017
5 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Christian Zehetmeier
Monika Tenhündfeld
Marius Kirsten
Monika Tenhündfeld
Monika Tenhündfeld
Monika Tenhündfeld
Marcus Sauermann
Luis Schöffend
Can it fly or not? We’re talking about the bumblebee. There’s a persistent rumour that it’s physically impossible to move such a body through the air without help. When the bumblebee learns of these doubts, it starts to think – it hadn’t expected so little confidence. The saving realisation comes just before the crash, so it begins a daring flight upwards.

Kim Busch
International Programme 2018
Appalachian Holler Matthias Lawetzky

The end of coal-mining has left the Appalachians with environmental destruction and unemployment. Making music together gives the people something to hold on to and some dignity.

Appalachian Holler

Documentary Film
Germany,
USA
2018
29 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Matthias Lawetzky (Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main)
Matthias Lawetzky
Matthias Lawetzky
Matthias Lawetzky
Matthias Lawetzky
Matthias Lawetzky
You don’t get rich in the Appalachian Mountains. “They’re trying to get thataway, but they usually die before they do,” they say here. The end of coal mining left the inhabitants with its consequential problems, environmental destruction and unemployment. Making music together – if only with spoons – gives the people in one of the remotest spots of the US something to hold on to and some dignity.

Fabian Tietke

Aquarela

Documentary Film
Denmark,
Germany,
UK
2018
90 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Aimara Reques, Heino Deckert, Sigrid Dyekjær
Victor Kossakovsky
Eicca Toppinen
Victor Kossakovsky, Ben Bernhard
Victor Kossakovsky, Molly Malene Stensgaard, Ainara Vera
Victor Kossakovsky, Aimara Reques
Alexander Dudarev
A film about water. Beauty, power and threat are mingled in Victor Kossakovsky’s latest work: the peace of the ice on Lake Baikal is treacherous. Under the surface it’s bubbling, melting – much earlier than usual. So a group of rescue workers is kept busy, pulling car after car from the frozen masses and recovering the drivers.

Icebergs are sinking in the sea here, storms drive torrents of rain aground in Florida, whole oceans are crashing down the Salto Ángel in Venezuela. 40 years after his debut as a filmmaker, 30 years after he graduated from the Higher Courses of Film Writers and Directors in Moscow and about seven years after his documentary “Vivan Las Antipodas!”, which measured the globe in geographical opposites, Victor Kossakovsky has produced another film that makes the landscapes of the world its protagonists. “Aquarela” shows bodies of water all over the world, in all their manifestations, in all their changing aggregate states caused by comparatively tiny differences in temperature. The camera maps on boats, dives under the surfaces, rises in the air to capture the expanse of space. Kossakovsky composes a visual symphony of primeval powers set to Heavy Metal music. The powerful images provoke awe, wonder flows from the screen like sea spray.

Fabian Tietke
Extended Reality: DOK Neuland 2018
Äquator 360° – Mittelpunkt der Erde Nicolas Jolliet, Richard Decaillet

We plunge into an impressive world of sound and colour. The shamans of the Yuruparí tribe live in the Amazonas rainforest in south-west Colombia.

Äquator 360° – Mittelpunkt der Erde

360°-Film
Canada,
Germany
2018
14 minutes

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Irene Vandertop
Nicolas Jolliet, Richard Decaillet
Ian Dunbar
Nicolas Jolliet
Ian Dunbar
Nicolas Jolliet, Richard Decaillet
Nicolas Jolliet
Ed Kelly
Marita Hübinger
Franz Hildgen
Thomas Wallner
Thomas Wallner
We plunge into an impressive world of sound and colour. The shamans of the Yuruparí tribe live in the Amazonas rainforest in south-west Colombia. Their sacred sites are distributed over a network that precisely follows the line of the equator. The Yuruparí believe that they live at the centre of the world and that it’s their duty to keep the earth in spiritual balance.

Lars Rummel, Marie Hinkelmann

Backyard

Documentary Film
Germany
2018
26 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Alex Gerbaulet, Ines Meier
Khaled Abdulwahed
Khaled Abdulwahed
Khaled Abdulwahed
Khaled Abdulwahed
Khaled Abdulwahed
Something is being created in a backyard studio that already exists or rather existed: a cactus field in Syria. The photos of the landscape are measured and categorised from all angles, a visual whole is divided into its parts in order to be reconstructable somewhere else. The cacti come from the 3D printer and sometimes there’s a booming sound in the yard, like an airstrike.

Carolin Weidner
Kids DOK 2018
Bei Nacht erwacht Falk Schuster

The children’s room is dark and everyone’s asleep. But wait: really everyone? In the colourful mess, the building blocks wake up and suddenly birds, elephants and giraffes are grazing in the savannah and meeting at the water hole.

Bei Nacht erwacht

Animated Film
Germany
2018
5 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Falk Schuster
Falk Schuster
Florian Marquardt
Falk Schuster
Falk Schuster
Falk Schuster, Julian Quitsch
Falk Schuster
Florian Marquardt
The children’s room is dark and everyone’s asleep. But wait: really everyone? In the colourful mess, the building blocks wake up and suddenly birds, elephants and giraffes are grazing in the savannah and meeting at the water hole. The alarm clock puts an abrupt end to the hustle and bustle. The building blocks lie around scattered and lifeless once more – until the next sunset.

Marie-Thérèse Antony
International Programme 2018
Carlotta’s Face Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld

Carlotta’s schooldays were like an endless nightmarish labyrinth in search of the right classroom. A drawn animation about facial blindness and the role of art.

Carlotta’s Face

Animated Film
Germany
2018
5 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Fabian Driehorst
Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld
Simon Bastian
Frédéric Schuld
Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld
Frédéric Schuld
Valentin Riedl, Frédéric Schuld
Simon Bastian
Carlotta’s schooldays were like an endless nightmarish labyrinth in search of the right classroom. It was her lonely fate to find it both disturbing and natural to look into the mirror and not be able to recognise her own face. This drawn animation by neuroscientist and filmmaker Valentin Riedl, animated and filmed by co-director Frédéric Schuld, shows how she managed to make her own face recognisable to herself despite a rare disease.

Nadja Rademacher



Awarded with the Mephisto 97.6 Audience Award

Chris the Swiss

Documentary Film
Croatia,
Finland,
Germany,
Switzerland
2018
90 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German

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Samir (Dschoint Ventschr), Siniša Juričić (Nukleus Film), Heino Deckert (Ma.ja.de.), Iikka Vehkalahti (IV Films Ltd / p.s.72 productions)
Anja Kofmel
Marcel Vaid
Simon Guy Fässler
Stefan Kälin
Simon Eltz
Anja Kofmel
Daniel Hobi, Marco Teufen, Hrvoje Petek
Christian Würtenberg died in Croatia in 1992. Even though the young Swiss had come as a journalist, he was wearing the uniform of an international militia that fought on the Croatian side in the civil war. Why he took up arms has long remained a mystery. His cousin, the filmmaker Anja Kofmel, has confronted the question.

She interviews companions, complementing the documentary footage with dark, pared-down animated sequences which form the film’s narrative structure. Diving deeply into the political turmoil, the film portrays Chris’s path towards joining a group of nationalist mercenaries supported by Opus Dei. A politically explosive film even today, a visually impressive thriller that shows how quickly a person’s attitude can be devastated by war.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann


Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize and the MDR Film Prize; Swiss Film Award 2019: Best Documentary, Best Score, Best Editing

Kids DOK 2018
Crowley – Bleib im Sattel André Hörmann

Crowley is only 14 but almost a real cowboy. Riding, mending fences, shooting and cleaning stables are among his daily chores at the farm.

Crowley – Bleib im Sattel

Documentary Film
Germany
2018
15 minutes
subtitles: 
VO_German

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Heike Kunze, Max Milhahn
André Hörmann
Henry Reyels
Thomas Bergmann
Lucian Busse
André Hörmann
Sean Lyness, David Montero
Crowley is only 14 but almost a real cowboy. Riding, mending fences, shooting and cleaning stables are among his daily chores at the farm. Only one last step is missing to follow in his big brother’s footsteps: participating in a rodeo. Now the motto is “Cowboy up!” and stay on the bull as long as possible.

Marie-Thérèse Antony

Das Meisterspiel

Documentary Film
Germany
1998
106 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Lutz Dammbeck
Lutz Dammbeck
Jörg Lensing
Eberhard Geick, Leo Potesil, Thomas Plenert
Margot Neubert-Marić
Lutz Dammbeck
Michael Laube, Bruno Pisek
A Gordian knot, a criminal case still waiting to be solved: who overpainted the works of Arnulf Rainer, an artist known for his own overpaintings? Was this really an act of right-wing modernism? However thrilling this question may be, the film is also concerned with portraying a far too vibrant national-conservative parallel society and exposing the deep rift between right and left that even postmodernism was unable to overcome. The weekly paper “Die Zeit” was irritated: Dammbeck “searches the brown swamp and gets stuck there.” In fact, he put his finger in the wound of a German history allegedly overcome.

Sven Safarow
Werkschau Lutz Dammbeck 2018
Das Netz. Unabomber, LSD & Internet Lutz Dammbeck

“The Net” was the ultimate expansion of Dammbeck’s spectrum of themes. The focus of ideological interpretations and appropriations is no longer the artist but technological progress.

Das Netz. Unabomber, LSD & Internet

Documentary Film
Germany
2003
115 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Lutz Dammbeck
Lutz Dammbeck
Jörg Lensing
Thomas Plenert, Eberhard Geick, István Imreh, James Carman
Margot Neubert-Marić
Karl Laabs
“The Net” was the ultimate expansion of Dammbeck’s spectrum of themes. The focus of ideological interpretations and appropriations is no longer the artist but technological progress. Connecting phenomena like cybernetics, counterculture, science and avant-garde art leads to alternative problems and questions that evoke Adam Curtis’s BBC television films in their astuteness. The film revolves around a taboo: is it permissible to take Kaczynski, the Unabomber, seriously? The former Harvard mathematics professor’s violent protest against the scientific elite represents an irritation in the too rarely contradicted success story of digitization.

Sven Safarow
Strictly Animated 2018
Der Da Vinci Timecode Gil Alkabetz

For a brief moment we become witnesses of the Last Supper, watching Jesus and his disciples eat, dance, argue and quarrel, before they … shush … freeze to become a static painting again.

Der Da Vinci Timecode

Animated Film
Germany
2009
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Gil Alkabetz
Gil Alkabetz
Alexander Zlamal
Gil Alkabetz
Gil Alkabetz
Gil Alkabetz
Alexander Zlamal
For a brief moment we become witnesses of the Last Supper, watching Jesus and his disciples eat, dance, argue and quarrel, before they … shush … freeze to become a static painting again. In his short experimental film, Gil Alkabetz dissects Leonardo da Vinci’s famous fresco into fragments whose rapid montage reveals moments never glimpsed before.

Duscha Kistler