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199 kleine Helden: Jésùs aus Mexiko Lina Luzyte, Sigrid Klausmann

Eleven-year-old Jésùs lives in Mexico City and has a very special way to school: Every morning he and his little sister row a boat through a network of canals.

199 kleine Helden: Jésùs aus Mexiko

Documentary Film
Germany
2018
10 minutes
subtitles: 
VO_German
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Gerhard Schmidt, Walter Sittler
Lina Luzyte, Sigrid Klausmann
Roland Klausmann
Justyna Feicht
Lina Luzyte
Lina Luzyte
Eleven-year-old Jésùs lives in Mexico City and has a very special way to school: Every morning he and his little sister row a boat through a network of canals. Every day he sees how much the pollution of the water affects nature and people. Jésùs fears that his beautiful home will not exist for much longer.

Marie-Thérèse Antony
Kids DOK
199 kleine Helden: Koolee aus Australien Kaye Harrison

Koolee’s path to school takes her over the dust-dry roads of Australia. Koolee is an Aborigine, but their language is not on the timetable at school.

199 kleine Helden: Koolee aus Australien

Documentary Film
Germany
2018
8 minutes
subtitles: 
VO_German
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Greer Simkin
Kaye Harrison
Archer Darcy
Kaye Harrison
Kaye Harrison
On the other side of the world, Koolee’s path to school takes her over the dust-dry roads of Australia. Koolee is an Aborigine, but their language is not on the timetable at school. That’s why she tries especially hard to learn more about her identity so that her culture won’t get lost. Luckily, there’s still plenty of time to play football!

Marie-Thérèse Antony
Kids DOK
199 kleine Helden: Rania aus Jordanien Gessie George

In this documentary we are introduced to Rania. She looks forward to school every day, because not all the children in her home are allowed to study.

199 kleine Helden: Rania aus Jordanien

Documentary Film
Germany
2018
8 minutes
subtitles: 
VO_German
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Gerhard Schmidt, Walter Sittler
Gessie George
Tobias Müller
Cem Springer
Gessie George
Rami Alquaisi
In this documentary we are introduced to Rania. She looks forward to school every day, because not all the children in her home are allowed to study. She has lived in a huge tent city in Jordan ever since she and her family had to flee Syria before the war. The difficult conditions only reinforce her wish to become an engineer to turn the world into a better place one day.

Marie-Thérèse Antony

Andes Uprising, a Buffer City Re-Inventing Itself Through Architecture

Documentary Film
Germany
2019
14 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German
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Bernardo Villagra Meruvia
Bernardo Villagra Meruvia
Bernardo Villagra Meruvia
El Alto, Bolivia, is growing fast – wild, but not shapeless. An investigation into urban aesthetics comes across the Cholets: miniature palaces which serve as residential and business premises for wealthy indigenous Aymara families. The colourful, shining constructions may resemble spaceships lost in the urban wastelands. But a double movement of expert commentary and city symphony lays bare the social foundations of this eclectic architecture.

Lukas Foerster
International Programme
Autobahn Daniel Abma

Traffic on the B 61 through the spa town of Bad Oeynhausen is permanently gridlocked. The promised cure is a bypass whose construction is documented here: with residents and passers-by.

Autobahn

Documentary Film
Germany
2019
85 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Niklas Burghardt, Johannes Wöpkemeier
Daniel Abma
Henning Fuchs
David Schittek
Momas Schütze
Daniel Abma
Malte Eiben
The spa town of Bad Oeynhausen: Every day, thousands of trucks roll through the city centre and over the B 61 federal road which connects the A 2 and A 30 motorways, respectively Warsaw and Rotterdam. When the threat of losing its status as a health resort looms on the horizon, which means losing the inviting title of “Bad”, something has to change: A bypass is to be built.

Over a period of eight years, the film documents the gridlocked traffic at this bottleneck, the efforts of the mayor, police, fire brigade and construction companies, the delays in the construction of the northern bypass and above all the reactions of the affected residents. The latter look forward to some quiet and relief – or will soon have the motorway right in front of their door. The long-term documentation focuses less on the large-scale infrastructural measures than on their consequences for the people living by the roadside. Other stories are “picked up” there with a fine instinct for unusual characters and leaving lots of space for their personalities and quirks. These include the local tradition of counting trucks on the federal road or the construction site as well as taking a walk or jogging on the long unfinished section of the road.

Frederik Lang

Bekar Evi – Das Junggesellenhaus

Documentary Film
Germany
2019
76 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German
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Dirk Schäfer
Dirk Schäfer
Deborah Wargon
Nikola Krivokuca
Dirk Schäfer
Metin Bozkurt
Life is no picnic, especially not for a Kurdish bachelor in Istanbul. Seven single seasonal workers from Eastern Anatolia live in a dilapidated house in the metropolis. The men from two generations form an unusual flat sharing community. They live and sleep at extremely close quarters, sharing a single shower, which occasionally leads to heated arguments: typical flat share disputes about doing the dishes or tidying up. The older among them settle them with fatherly authority.

The protagonists talk about their origins and dreams. The German filmmaker Dirk Schäfer, who has lived in Istanbul for a long time, interweaves their poetic descriptions with sensitive observations of their partnership of convenience. Experiences of social discrimination and chicanery leave their traces, but humour and friendship make their life easier – or, as one of the “bachelors” puts it with a touch of humour: Now he is a street seller of Ottoman sugar paste to lend some sweetness to his life.

Annina Wettstein
International Programme
Brand Jan Koester, Alexander Lahl

Markus is the Honorary Mayor of Tröglitz. Together with his wife, he campaigns for taking in forty refugees in 2015. That’s when “his” commune suddenly shows a strange and ugly face.

Brand

Animated Film
Germany
2019
5 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Max Mönch
Jan Koester, Alexander Lahl
Hannes Schulze
Jan Koester
Jan Koester
Jan Koester
Elise Landschek
Hannes Schulze
Markus is Honorary Mayor in Saxony-Anhalt. In 2015, he and his wife commit themselves to providing shelter for forty refugees. Then “his” commune of Tröglitz takes on a strange visage: The population is disturbingly polarised and suddenly the refugee home is on fire. This animated documentary tries to understand what happened. Dark hatchings and shadings are contrasted with idyllic watercolour landscapes and bear witness to things that are lost and things that must be resolved.

Nadja Rademacher

Bread, Revenge?

Documentary Film
France,
Germany
2019
76 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German
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Stefan Hayn (Stefan Hayn Filme und Malerei)
Stefan Hayn
Till Megerle
Stefan Hayn
Stefan Hayn
Klaus Barm
In 1944, the French resistance fighter Robert Antelme was captured by the Germans. He was taken to Gandersheim, a satellite camp of the Buchenwald concentration camp. In the last months of the Second World War, Antelme got to experience the whole extent of dehumanisation under National Socialist tyranny. Soon after his liberation he wrote the book “The Human Race” about it, which today is a classic of coming to terms with the past.

Stefan Hayn already dealt with Antelme in his film “Straub” (2014). Now he examines in more detail a series of texts which contributed to the post-war debate about how to deal with German guilt. Hayn calls his film a “lecture filmée” in the opening credits, a “filmed reading”. It is of crucial importance that the texts (including reflections on a theft of bread among prisoners) are present in the French original, even if recited by German native speakers. Different forms of “reading” that culminate in a sketch-like scenic re-enactment are interlaced with contemporary shots of memorial sites today to form a multi-layered film essay, historical-political in the best sense.

Bert Rebhandl
Animation Perspectives
Call of Beauty Brenda Lien

“Gloria Kosmetika” – radiant and confident, two women promote cosmetic products on their video channel, along the lines of: You’re naturally beautiful, but there’s room for improvement.

Call of Beauty

Animated Film
Germany
2016
9 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Brenda Lien
Brenda Lien
Brenda Lien
Lena Reidt, Brenda Lien
Brenda Lien
Brenda Lien
Brenda Lien
Laura Krestan, Kim Lotte Stöber
Anabel Möbius, Lili Ullrich
“Gloria Kosmetika” – radiant and confident, two women promote cosmetic products on their video channel, along the lines of: You’re naturally beautiful, but there’s room for improvement. Backstage and in leisurewear at the editing computer, storms of doubt are coming up: influencer or servant of the machinery? This web space odyssey of the 2010s ends with a trip through an animated product galaxy.

André Eckardt

Call of Comfort

Animated Film
Germany
2018
9 minutes
subtitles: 
German
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Brenda Lien
Brenda Lien
Brenda Lien
Brenda Lien, Tim Seger
Brenda Lien
Leonie Link, Julia Merkschien, Brenda Lien
Brenda Lien
Lena Beck, Brenda Lien, Christopher Weingarten
A fixed, subjective camera. Confidentially but resolutely, a young woman leans toward us and begins the personality optimisation treatment. “Update installed”. Immovable, helpless, chipped for the future, all data capitalised. “Accept”. Wellness turns into science fiction horror, cosmetic gold dust into a toxic threat. The belated victory of HAL 9000.

André Eckardt
Deutscher Wettbewerb
Coming off the Real Time, for a While Anna Friedrich

On the Swedish coast, the farmer Sven Axel lives with his mother, a few animals and a lot of imagination. He dreams of filmmaking and acting. Now he tries out both.

Coming off the Real Time, for a While

Documentary Film
Germany
2019
62 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German
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Anna Friedrich, Ray Peter Maletzki (ROSENPICTURES)
Anna Friedrich
Stef Ketteringham
Anna Friedrich
Anna Friedrich
Anna Friedrich
Andrea Rüthel, André Görbing, Leo Rocker, Maximilian Glaß, Anna Friedrich
Anna Friedrich follows Sven Axel Nilsson into the morning fog. Sven Axel works as a farmer somewhere in Sweden, the sea nearby. But he is much more than that. Friedrich teases it out of him by asking him about his dreams and fears, by wanting to know which of the four elements is his favourite. She hands him the camera because he wants to film stones, so a short but no less spectacular contribution about a mystical rock formation becomes part of this unconventional portrait. But Sven Axel also likes acting and so, without further ado, he becomes this, too: an actor.

Far away from almost any disturbance, the two begin a kind of game in which both Sven Axel’s mother and an area used by the Swedish army for exercises play roles. “For me the world is a quite big globe. ’Cause I haven’t travelled so much in my life,” he says. And adds: “Now, the wide, wide world seems very small. But it’s not true. If you sail, or you’re walking or you ride, it’s quite a big world, it is.” In any case, Sven Axel’s world is an extremely rich one. Anna Friedrich makes it negotiable.

Carolin Weidner

Das Forum

Documentary Film
Germany,
Switzerland
2019
116 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German
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Christian Beetz, Georg Tschurtschenthaler, Karin Koch, Marcus Vetter
Marcus Vetter
Marcel Vaid
Georg Zengerling
Marcus Vetter, Ana Fernandez Rocha, Michele Gentile
Christian Beetz
Melanie Westphal, Dieter Meyer, Marco Teufen, Jonathan Schorr, Marcus Vetter
Every year in January, the Swiss village of Davos provides the backdrop for the World Economic Forum (WEF). This conference is a meeting of the global economic and political elites. It’s true, the public debates and press conferences have been streamed on the WEF website for a while now, in the spirit of a transparent, albeit suspiciously semi-official, audiovisual protocol – but never in the now 49 years of the WEF’s history was an independent filmmaker allowed any insight into the machinery of the event or behind the facades of the institution.

Over a period of three years, director Marcus Vetter observed the workings of this machinery. He cast a few but highly concentrated looks at the history of the Forum, founded in 1971 by Klaus Schwab, and now very confidently combines individual biographies, historical moments, logical connections and matters flitting about at the periphery to form the complex picture of a global fabric. Klaus Schwab, 79 today, is pleased with the fabric metaphor, since he himself has repeatedly said that the threads of the world may be coming together at “his” WEF, but that its knots acquire meaning and purpose only when the threads are later redistributed responsibly. This film is about no less than those threads and thus the meaning and purpose of the WEF.

Ralph Eue

Der schwarze Kasten

Documentary Film
Germany
1992
95 minutes
subtitles: 
No
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Wolfgang Pfeiffer Filmproduktion, Max Film, WDR
Tamara Trampe, Johann Feindt
Johann Feindt
Sybille Windt
Tamara Trampe, Joahnn Feindt
A straightforward dispute. It started in 1990 with a reading of the writer Jürgen Fuchs from memory records of his detention in a Stasi prison. A listener stood up and said: “I’m one of the people you describe. But nobody talks to us.” Tamara Trampe and Johann Feindt subjected themselves to the experience of letting him, the other, talk: conversations in front of the camera, shortly after reunification, with a lecturer in “Operative Psychology” at the university of the Ministry for State Security. He was interested in people, had wished for more “humane” methods of interrogation, he says. Beyond that not a word of regret.

Ralph Eue
Kids DOK
Der Zauberlehrling Kyne Uhlig, Nikolaus Hillebrand

The master sorcerer is hardly out of the house when his apprentice tries his luck with a spell: Let water flow in the colourful animated world.

Der Zauberlehrling

Animated Film
Germany
2019
7 minutes
subtitles: 
No
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Matthias Körnich
Kyne Uhlig, Nikolaus Hillebrand
Kyne Uhlig, Nikolaus Hillebrand
Kyne Uhlig, Nikolaus Hillebrand, Hardy Hoffmann, Igor Shin Moromisato
Kyne Uhlig, Nikolaus Hillebrand
Kyne Uhlig, Nikolaus Hillebrand
Tobias Becker
The master sorcerer is hardly out of the house when his apprentice tries his luck with a spell: Let water flow in the colourful animated world. But, oh dear, the water rushes in like mad. The goblins bring more and more of the cool liquid, it flows from bottles and showerheads and just won’t stop. Soon the apprentice threatens to sink in the floods. Can he be saved?

Marie-Thérèse Antony

Ent-grenzt: Fernsehen von nebenan. Sächsisches Lokalfernsehen 1990 bis 1995

Presentation
Germany
1990
90 minutes
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various
In the Erzgebirge a West German “investor” calls the residents „natives“ who had better decide whether they want his money. The Leipzig Round Table rejects Coca Cola as a sponsor for a music event. In Görlitz a young city councillor botches a “Waiters’ Contest”. In Laubusch a minister observes the arrival of the first German expats from the Ukraine in Direct Cinema style. Images that can’t be found in any public television archive: local television reports. The camera is close and everywhere, the unbiased interviewers are neighbours of their viewers and themselves involved in the processes they record, calling for feedback and taking up a position.

Judith Kretzschmar, Rüdiger Steinmetz
Retrospective
Es werde Stadt! Dominik Graf, Martin Farkas

Half a century of the Grimme Television Prize as an occasion for some critical and polemical reflections on two times twenty-five years of Federal German (television) history.

Es werde Stadt!

Documentary Film
Germany
2014
154 minutes
subtitles: 
No
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Megaherz TV Fernsehproduktion GmbH
Dominik Graf, Martin Farkas
Florian van Volxem
Martin Farkas, Roman Schauerte
Rolf Wilhelm
Dominik Graf, Martin Farkas
Jeanette Hain, Philipp Moog, Martin Umbach
Half a century of the Grimme Television Prize as an occasion for some critical and polemical reflections on two times twenty-five years of Federal German (television) history.

Olaf Möller