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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

Agnosis

Animadoc
Germany,
Ukraine
2015
39 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Anita Müller
Anita Müller
Oksana Kod'
Anita Müller, Clara Wieck
Anita Müller
Anita Müller
Anita Müller
Florian Marquardt
As in “Chthonic City”, the painter Anita Müller gives wings to her filmed material in the catacombs of Odessa: statements re-connote documentary images, additions visualise dreams or thoughts. She takes associative liberties that suggest comparisons with jazz. The invisible protagonist who lost his way on a spiritual search of the underworld and disappeared without a trace may have felt as ephemeral and fluctuating as her visual creations.

Cornelia Klauß

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
German Competition Short Film 2015
Boy Ginan Seidl, Yalda Afsah

How does a girl escape the restrictions inscribed in the role of females in a traditional society? By becoming a “Boy”. In Afghanistan, “bachaposh” are girls who are raised as boys.

Boy

Documentary Film
Germany
2015
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Ray Peter Maletzki, Stephan Helmut Beier
Ginan Seidl, Yalda Afsah
Ginan Seidl
Ginan Seidl, Yalda Afsah
Steffen Martin, Manuela Schininá
How does a girl escape the restrictions inscribed in the role of females in a traditional society? By becoming a “Boy”. In Afghanistan, “bachaposh” are girls who are raised as boys. The artist duo Afsah/Seidl follows two girls and their choice of the role they want to take in life, creating a touching study of gender and freedom in dreamlike images and long tracking shots that capture the people in their social environment.

Grit Lemke

Deine Fremde

Animated Film
Germany
2017
10 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Matthias Stoll
Matthias Stoll
Matthias Stoll
Ivan Morales Jr.
Theo Huber, Matthias Stoll
Matthias Stoll
Jascha Viehl
What a fantastic bundle of coincidences this thing called life is! It can only be lived forward. It will only form a consistent narrative in hindsight. Matthias Stoll conjures the preciousness of this fleeting moment of the no-longer-the-one but not-quite-the-other-yet up on the screen: Imagine that all of a sudden someone is lying beside you again. But it means nothing. You are just the only person in your flatshare with a wide bed … A film like a pop song. Sophisticatedly simple.

Ralph Eue
German Competition Short Film 2015
Die Weite suchen Falk Schuster

Many a GDR childhood was shaped by trips to the Baltic Sea – long drives on bad motorways in an overstuffed car, transit trucks and looking forward to the sea. But this is more than a nostalgic reworking of holiday memories.

2015

Die Weite suchen

Animadoc
Germany
2015
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Ralf Kukula
Falk Schuster
Peter Piek
Ralf Kukula
Stefan Urlaß
Julian Quitsch, Alexander Schmidt, Tim Romanowsky, Nicole Bauer, Francie Liebschner, Jan Mildner, Olaf Ulbricht
Falk Schuster
Florian Marquardt, Klangfee
Many a GDR childhood was shaped by trips to the Baltic Sea – long drives on bad motorways in an overstuffed car, transit trucks and looking forward to the sea. But this is more than a nostalgic reworking of holiday memories. From the innocent perspective of a seven-year-old boy the journey may seem like a big adventure, but the subtext of the reduced rotoscoped images exposes the absurdity of a life lived within narrow boundaries – one of which was the beach.

Annegret Richter

Doppelgänger

Documentary Film
Austria,
Germany
2017
20 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Michaela Taschek
Michaela Taschek
Anna Kohlweis
Sandra Wollner
Michaela Taschek
Denis Elmaci
Erich Taschek, filmmaker Michaela Taschek’s father, used to be a fun-loving and sociable man. But then “Eichi” turned into a taciturn loner who locked himself in the cellar to make models and hardly ever left the house. After his death Taschek uses family photos and home movies to invent a wild doppelganger theory that provides a plot for her long lasting feelings of alienation. An essay about disappearance and the power of projection in “documentary” images.

Esther Buss
German Competition Short Film 2015
Eisen Benjamin Kahlmeyer

Portraits of asylum seekers from all over the world are set among impressions of a dreary life in a strictly composed sequence of images. They tell of hopes for a better life: here, in Germany.

Eisen

Documentary Film
Germany
2015
18 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Felix Eisele
Benjamin Kahlmeyer
John Gürtler, Jan Miserre
Stefan Neuberger
Benjamin Kahlmeyer
Moritz Stumm
Benjamin Kahlmeyer
Jonathan Schorr
A foggy landscape with new buildings in Eisenhüttenstadt at the German-Polish border: "Eisen", Iron, that’s how they call the town here. Portraits of asylum seekers from all over the world are set among impressions of a dreary life in a strictly composed sequence of images. They tell of hopes for a better life: here, in Germany.

Zaza Rusadze



Golden Dove German Competition Short Film 2015

German Competition Short Film 2017
F32.2 Annelie Boros

“Something happened to me,” Vera writes to her friend, the filmmaker Annelie. What happened is F32.2, the professional shorthand for depressive episodes without psychotic symptoms.

F32.2

Documentary Film
Germany
2017
40 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Florian Kamhuber, Fabian Halbig
Annelie Boros
Cico Beck, Florian Kreier
Julian Krubasik
Nina Ergang
Annelie Boros
Annika Sehn, Anja Scharf, Tuna Kaptan, Gisela Carbajal Rodríguez
“Something happened to me,” Vera writes to her friend, the filmmaker Annelie. What happened is F32.2, the professional shorthand for depressive episodes without psychotic symptoms. Experts are arguing over diagnoses and therapies, but (like Vera) are still puzzled. Medical jargon intrudes into the intimate epistolary trialogue between the protagonist, the director and the camera. MRT brain sections and subjective speech patterns, analysis and emphasis: a struggle for valid metaphors for a disease that comes “out of the blue”.

Sylvia Görke



Award winner of the Young Eyes Film Award 2017

Flut

Animated Film
Germany
2018
10 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Malte Stein
Malte Stein
Malte Stein, Mauro Marzo
Malte Stein
Malte Stein
Malte Stein
Malte Stein
Malte Stein, Michał Krajczok
“And what remains is an emotionless kiss that tastes like mouth, like skin and spittle, flesh and death.” A boy receives strange messages from the outside world, communicated to him by phone. He longs to be outside. But there is his mother, guardian of a home of prison bars made of feelings of guilt and tears. Only a flood can help which will transform the flat into a shore from which one could swim away.

Carolin Weidner
German Competition Short Film 2016
Fremde Welten, Fremde Worte Jie Jie Ng

Our real home is language: it connects us to our childhood; it’s how we show our character, express our feelings, where we are at home. In a foreign country language is the first loss.

Fremde Welten, Fremde Worte

Documentary Film
Germany
2015
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jie Jie Ng
Jie Jie Ng
Our real home is language: it connects us to our childhood; it’s how we show our character, express our feelings, where we are at home. In a foreign country language is the first loss. Words detach themselves from emotions, move outside our body, escape. Jie Ng from Singapore who studies in Braunschweig finds dreamlike and shimmering symbolic images for this state of mind in shadow plays, blurs and an upside-down world.

Cornelia Klauß
German Competition Short Film 2019
Friends Florian Grolig

The normal small guy and the elsewhere perhaps equally normal big guy are inseparable. Together they tramp through the world, brimming with happiness. Their friendship defies gravity.

Friends

Animated Film
Germany
2019
8 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Florian Grolig
Florian Grolig
Thomas Hoehl
Julian Vavrovsky, Florian Grolig, Nadya Fedotova, Dina Velikovskaya
Florian Grolig
Tobias Boehm, Christian Wittmoser
Tramping through the world together, brimming with happiness. One of them is small, like his compatriots. The other is extremely big in comparison. The normal small one and the elsewhere perhaps equally normal big one are inseparable. Their friendship defies gravity. In sepia-tinted black on white and white on black scenes, Florian Grolig draws poignantly what a friendship must endure when it’s outside the given norm. Tragicomic – in Grolig’s unmistakable style.

Nadja Rademacher
German Competition Short Film 2019
From My Desert Veneta Androva

The young art investor is ecstatic about the meeting. There he hangs, Martin, beautiful, alluring, exciting. It’s almost like love. But can the relationship last?

From My Desert

Animated Film
Germany
2019
14 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Nadia D’Aló, Benedikt Frey
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Nadia D’Aló, Benedikt Frey
Temperature: 21 °C. Humidity: 55 %. Optimum conditions for Martin to stay fresh and presentable. Rosy skin, bedroom eyes, a naughty little cap, that’s how he meets the young art investor in the depot of an anonymous airport. His master, Lucas Cranach the Elder, created him almost five hundred years ago. Now he hangs opposite a paralysed suit rendered ecstatic by his presence. They are talking about the art market. And yet about so much more.

Carolin Weidner

Fünfzehn Zimmer

Documentary Film
Germany
2016
32 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Silke Schissler
Silke Schissler
Florian Lampersberger
Rita Bakacs
Silke Schissler
Andreas Fertig, Han Van Acoleyen
Shot with extraordinary precision and a fine sense of tiny interstices and nuances, “Fünfzehn Zimmer” portrays life in a Berlin hospice. Danka actually belongs to the cleaning staff, but there is always time for a cigarette break or a chat with the inhabitants. These moments widen our perspective, highlighting a used-up life that gathers its last strength here. That’s what makes this place so pleasant and relaxed. If you have to die, then gladly here. As the end credits prove.

Matthias Heeder

Gerichtszeichner

Animated Film
Germany
2018
11 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jochen Kuhn
Jochen Kuhn
Jochen Kuhn
Jochen Kuhn
Olaf Meltzer
Jochen Kuhn
Jochen Kuhn
Jochen Kuhn
The fact of the case: a cut-off ear. With a professional distance acquired over long years, a court sketch artist draws the process of justice. His visual record begins in the usual matter-of-fact style. But soon it will be overwhelmed by surprising events in the courtroom. A mysterious and escalating shower of prayers is slowly unsettling the world of the courtroom until suddenly a supposedly marginal figure is right at the centre.

André Eckardt

Gott kommt: Solum

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

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Lukas Thiele
Stefan Vogt
Sebastian Vogt
Stefan Vogt
Stefan Vogt
Stefan Vogt
Tobias Böhm, Christian Wittmoser
God is coming, but everyone else is gone. The work of the parish priest is trying when his flock has decamped. The spiritual shepherd is left with desperation and finally gallows humour. The latter acquires a reputation. The lonely caller finds a new flock, but they require more nourishment than his sermons. Black humour in sparse lines and with perfect timing.

André Eckardt