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Next Masters Wettbewerb 2016
#uploading_holocaust Sagi Bornstein, Udi Nir

Young Israelis performing a rite of initiation, the “Journey to Poland”: seven days, three mass graves, four concentration camps, and cameras running all the time. An exercise in identity made up of YouTube videos – horror 2.0.

#uploading_holocaust

Documentary Film
Austria,
Germany,
Israel
2016
75 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion, udiVsagi production
Sagi Bornstein, Udi Nir
Uri Agnon
Sagi Bornstein, Gal Goffer
Aviv Aldema
It’s like an initiation ritual. Every year 25,000 Israeli pupils and students go on a trip to Poland, visiting four concentration camps, three mass graves and two ghettos in seven days. It’s a journey to the dead, their roots, and themselves: as Jews and citizens of Israel. They document everything on their smartphones: hotel rooms, barracks, shooting ranges, themselves, their friends. The material shared on YouTube is the basis of this film – and it’s revealing. The two Israeli directors Sagi Bornstein and Udi Nir set contemporary recordings against videotapes from the 1980s. How will the memory change when there are no more contemporary witnesses? What can the crumbling sites still reveal? When will the rituals become hollow?

The Holocaust is the narrative of Israel, the constituent element of the state, even more than Zionism. That’s what the young people are taught to believe. The concept is historical imagination and immersion. They are supposed to feel the squeeze of the cattle wagons, the hardness of the narrow pallets and the oppression of the gas chambers. Horror 2.0. The video material also shows, however, how much smarter the young people are. There are no stupid questions, documentary filmmaker Marcel Ophüls once said, only stupid answers.

Cornelia Klauß


Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award

A Sister’s Song

Documentary Film
Canada,
Israel
2018
91 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Danae Elon, Paul Cadieux
Danae Elon
Peter Venne
Danae Elon, Itamar Mendes Flohr
Vincent Guignard, Alexandre Leblanc
Danae Elon
Benoît Dame
Marina and Tatiana moved from Russia to Israel with their family as children. Being immigrants, their arrival in the new country wasn’t easy. This back story resonates in their search for models and identity. The narrative focuses on Marina. As an adolescent her younger sister Tatiana followed her spiritual father to a strict Orthodox convent in Greece. That was twenty years ago. They last saw each other four years ago. Since then, Marina has more and more gained the impression that her sister is unhappy there, and she wants to get her back. But is she responsible for Tatiana’s happiness? How can you understand a close person’s decision that’s in conflict with your own position?

The Canada-based award-winning Israeli director and cinematographer Danae Elon returns once more to her home country for this film. Discretely and yet very much present, she watches the two sisters’ encounter, included only occasionally – but almost like an accomplice – in the protagonists’ conversation. Her tale of the sisters Marina and Tatiana is dramaturgically outstanding and innovative. “A Sister’s Song” – a film about love and loss and the art of following one’s inner voice.

Annina Wettstein
Animadoc 2014
Broken Branches Ayala Ben-Nachum Sharot

This is the story of Michal Rechter. She was only 14 when she left her home in Poland and travelled to Israel by herself on the eve of the Second World War.

2014

Broken Branches

Animadoc
Israel
2014
25 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Amit Gicelter
Ayala Ben-Nachum Sharot
Frank Ilfman
Ayala Ben-Nachum Sharot
Ayala Ben-Nachum Sharot
Ayala Ben-Nachum Sharot, Zoe Matzko, Alex Blau, Amit Gicelter
Ayala Ben-Nachum Sharot
Ronen Nagel
This is the story of Michal Rechter. She was only 14 when she left her home in Poland and travelled to Israel by herself on the eve of the Second World War. Her memories come to life in a colourful animation depicting her lonely transition from childhood to adulthood.
International Programme 2016
Child Mother Ronen Zaretzky, Yael Kipper

As girls they were forced to marry considerably older men, now they talk about it with their adult children. About living with wounds that never heal.

Child Mother

Documentary Film
Israel
2016
90 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Yael Kipper, Ronen Zaretzky
Ronen Zaretzky, Yael Kipper
Shiran Karni, Adi Forti, Oren Rot
Ronen Zaretzky
Tor Ben Mayor
Ronen Zaretzky, Yael Kipper
Aviv Aldema, Db Studios
Esther’s, Naomi’s and Hanna’s memories are testimony to the cruelty of a both archaic and brutal tradition in human trafficking: the forced marriage of young girls to considerably older men for “Mohar” (nuptial money). The women, who come from Morocco and Yemen and are now grown old, have their say today in a dialogue with their daughters and sons who grew up in Israel. Their subjects are hushing up the age difference, repeated miscarriages and very early motherhood, being forced to work in spite of the babies at home, legendary escape attempts, self-empowerment by literacy, and always the constellation of raising kids in spite of the unfathomable trauma of having been sold by their parents. The film is most controversial when wounds meet wounds. “Did you never think about the fact that I would grow up without a father?” Avi asks, who became a half-orphan at the age of six.

With great empathy and stoicism the filmmakers manage to open an intimate space in which, of course, there is also dancing, joking and singing. And when the inexpressible manifests itself in pure emotion, there is always the women’s silence – carrying every facet of anger, shame, the longing to be dead, pride and will power.

Nadja Rademacher
International Programme 2013
Do You Believe in Love? Dani Wasserman

An unusual matchmaker and her clients: female, male, young, old, healthy, sick, handicapped, normal, and crazy. Politically uncorrect, with lots of fun.

Do You Believe in Love?

Documentary Film
Israel
2013
50 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Barak Heymann
Dani Wasserman
Eli Soorani
Gonen Glazer, Daniel Miran
Ron Goldman
Dani Wasserman
Gil Toren
Tova has been unable to move a finger since the disease has paralysed her muscles. Now she sits enthroned in a huge, upholstered chair like an oracle and receives her clients in the living room. Women, men, young, old, healthy, sick, handicapped, normal, and crazy: they all come to Tova because each and every one of them is searching for the perfect mate. The fact that Tova herself does not believe in love and frequently states this loud and clear does not lessen her success. She works tirelessly to find the right partners for her desperate clients.
With dedication and a sophisticated bookkeeping system, she tries to bring together those who have been unsuccessful on the “free market” so far. But there’s no trace of compassion or misunderstood correctness: Tova’s “star” – a young, slightly spastic woman in a wheelchair – sends her dream man packing without batting an eyelash when he has the impertinence to reproach her for her unhealthy lifestyle on the first date. And so the search goes on.
Dan Wasserman follows this unique matchmaker over the course of a year, allowing us to share the life and sufferings of a strong woman and her family. He succeeds, not least thanks to his amazing protagonist, in making a warm-hearted film about love – or what we think is love.

Lina Dinkla

Down the Deep, Dark Web

Documentary Film
France,
Israel
2016
56 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Duki Dror, Alexandre Brachet, Liat Kamay-Eshed, Margaux Missika
Tzachi Schiff, Duki Dror
Frank Ilfman
Philippe Bellaiche, Gleb Volkov
Dror Yaakobovich
Yuval Orr
Ronen Nagel
Under the surface of Google Land where life is so comfortable there is a world known as the Deep or Dark Net. A virtual data space whose content will not be found by conventional search engines and that remains closed to ordinary users – unless they install dedicated software. Governments, banks or corporations use the Deep Net, as well as all those who wish to keep their online activities hidden. In Google Land we leave traces, in the Deep Net special encryption technology allows us to remain anonymous. Duki Dror’s and Tzachi Schiff’s comprehensive film about the Internet, privacy, surveillance and the vision of a completely new economic structure opens with its worst variation: as a market platform for drugs, child pornography and arms. Is this the reason why governments are fighting the Net? On the other hand it’s the only digital space that offers protection to critical journalists, opposition members in dictatorships or whistleblowers.

The film works its detailed and knowledgeable way through the current developments of our digital world without passing judgement. What’s at stake is individual freedom. The sceptical summary: people want just enough freedom to feel good. Google Land. Who cares if we expose ourselves to constant surveillance that way?

Matthias Heeder
Animadoc 2014
Etoile Nitzan Lahav, Liat Raviv, Lee Ben Waiss

Etoile is a Jewish girl living in Casablanca during the early sixties of the last century. When Jewish children are kidnapped in her neighbourhood, an atmosphere of fear takes over and her family decides to leave Morocco for good.

2014

Etoile

Animadoc
Israel
2014
8 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Liat Raviv
Nitzan Lahav, Liat Raviv, Lee Ben Waiss
Dudy Dayag
Nitzan Lahav
Lee Ben Waiss
Tal Arbiv, Yair Meirovitz, Amir Porat, Lee Ben Waiss
Liat Raviv
Tal Hefetz
Etoile is a Jewish girl living in Casablanca during the early sixties of the last century. When Jewish children are kidnapped in her neighbourhood, an atmosphere of fear takes over and her family decides to leave Morocco for good.
International Programme 2013
Fading Note Hani Dombe

A woman does the housework in her flat somewhere in Eastern Europe, where she spent her youth with her sister. But she is beset by memories: games played together, piano practice and the dream of ...

Fading Note

Animated Film
Israel
2013
7 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Hani Dombe
Hani Dombe
Yoav Hudin
Hani Dombe
Uriel Malnovitzer
Hani Dombe
Hani Dombe
Yoav Hudin
A woman does the housework in her flat somewhere in Eastern Europe, where she spent her youth with her sister. But she is beset by memories: games played together, piano practice and the dream of shining in the limelight as a duo. The holocaust put a sudden stop to that; only her memories are still alive. Her visions of how things could have been displace the reality around her.
International Programme 2013
Fading Valley Irit Gal

The fields of Palestinian farmers in the occupied territories on the West Bank are withering while the Jewish settlers have water to spare. A look at a drama in quiet images.

Fading Valley

Documentary Film
Israel
2013
56 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Irit Gal
Irit Gal
River
Daniel Gal
Rabab Haj Yahya
Irit Gal
If this film was about illegal substance deals it would be less remarkable that business must be done secretly. The commodity here, however, is not a hallucinogenic substances but something that makes life possible in the first place: water. But isn’t free access to water one of the basic human rights?
The scene is the valley of the Jordan River on the West Bank. Listening to the daily discussions of the water transport man with the resident Palestinians, who are trying to cultivate their land in this region, will give you an idea of what it means to live in an occupied military zone. While the world above ground is permanently threatened by drought, enough water is flowing through the subterranean pipelines. Irit Gal approaches the local conditions and incorporates this contradiction, which extends into quite different areas, too. The quiet images conceal a tragic story that reaches far beyond the boundaries of this valley.

Claudia Lehmann
Animadoc 2013
God Is Kidding Dima Tretyakov, Boaz Balachsan

Children from a city that is sacred to many people talk about God and faith. The city is Jerusalem and the children come from all ...

2012

God Is Kidding

Animadoc
Israel
2012
7 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Dima Tretyakov, Boaz Balachsan
Dima Tretyakov, Boaz Balachsan
Daniel Shemer
Dima Tretyakov
Boaz Balachsan
Dima Tretyakov, Boaz Balachsan
Dima Tretyakov, Boaz Balachsan
Shacham Rotem, Eitan Shefer
Children from a city that is sacred to many people talk about God and faith. The city is Jerusalem and the children come from all strata of Israeli society. In the focus of different concepts of god, quite a variety of ideologies emerge from the mouths of innocent children.

Hadarim

Animadoc
Israel
2016
5 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Shlomi Yosef
Shlomi Yosef
Shlomi Yosef, Yannay Matarasso
Barred windows, frog’s eye perspectives, wires. The shrill sound of metal on a blackboard. Dada bodies looking like prostheses teach and learn about the past. Thoughts wander. A grotesque about a seven-year-old boy’s school life in Israel.

Esther Buss


Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award
International Programme 2018
Like Us, Lovers Dotan Moreno

The story of how an Israeli father found himself. An animated and precise observation of our daily life and the sudden surges of its hidden sensuality.

Like Us, Lovers

Animated Film
Israel
2018
16 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Dotan Moreno
Dotan Moreno
Amit Hai Cohen
Dotan Moreno
Dotan Moreno
Dotan Moreno
Dotan Moreno
Andres Rapaport
The story of an Israeli father’s road to finding himself. He, mother and child – a nice but alienated core family in a nice but lifeless suburb. The boy accidentally hurts a girl. The father, leading his son by the hand, goes to apologize and finally finds what he desires. An animation film full of precise observations of our daily life and its hidden and unexpected bursts of sensuality.

Saskia Walker
German Competition 2017
Muhi – Generally Temporary Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander, Tamir Elterman

A Palestinian boy who masters his difficult path between the political frontlines with an infectious laugh. A great, heartbreaking and encouraging film.

Muhi – Generally Temporary

Documentary Film
Germany,
Israel
2017
86 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Hilla Medaila (Medalia Productions), Jürgen Kleinig (Neue Celluliod Fabrik)
Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander, Tamir Elterman
Ran Bagno
Avner Shahaf, Oded Kirma, Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander, Tamir Elterman
Joëlle Alexis
Ronen Geva, Maximilian Bloching
Six-year-old Muhi has an infectious laugh and loves to imitate his grandfather, Abu Naim. The boy, who was born the son of a Hamas activist in Gaza, has spent his whole life in an Israeli hospital. He has a rare autoimmune disease. When he was two his hands and feet had to be amputated. In Gaza he would be condemned to die, because healthcare is in a desolate state there. On the other side of the border he can get treatment, but the price is high.

Muhi leads a paradoxical life. The only person allowed to accompany him to Israel was his grandfather. This hospital has been their “home” for six years now, far from their family. Muhi hardly knows his parents and siblings. His father condemns the state that keeps his son alive and wants the boy back in Gaza – whatever the cost. Though Muhi’s sphere of action is doubly limited, he has settled into his life and his optimism and courage make its obstructions seem absurd. And yet the irresolvability of his personal tragedy shines through the surface of every scene in this sensitive film. The end leaves us wondering how this unusual child will be able to continue to go his own way in the future.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann



Golden Dove German Competition;
Nominated for ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness, Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, DEFA Sponsoring Prize

Nabbin

Documentary Film
Czech Republic,
Israel
2018
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Nadav Harel, Kat Tolkovsky
Kat Tolkovsky
Kat Tolkovsky
Kat Tolkovsky
Kat Tolkovsky
Rotem Dror
After years in Israel the filmmaker returns to Nabbin in the Czech Republic, the place where she grew up, and to the people who surrounded her then.

Narrating Hebron

Documentary Film
Austria,
Israel,
Palestinian territories
2017
21 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Viktoria Bayer
Viktoria Bayer
Viktoria Bayer
Viktoria Bayer
Viktoria Bayer
Viktoria Bayer
History is created by the person who tells it. And there are many different ways of telling it. Biases shift, details are left out or emphasised. In Hebron, a city in West Jordan divided into zones and inhabited by both Israelis and Palestinians, convictions about history and truth intersect with and are superimposed upon each other. The film collects the different narratives, told by Israeli and Palestinian city guides.

Carolin Weidner