Film Archive

Kalyug

Documentary Film
Italy
2013
74 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Heidi Gronauer, Lorenzo Paccagnella
Juri Mazumdar
Anke Riester
Giorgio Chiodi
Gero Hecker
Once upon a time there were a brother and sister who had illicit sexual relations. That was the beginning of the age of Kalyug, the age of downfall in Hindu cosmology. Has it started again? The Bhil, an ancient tribe, must think so. Modern society has condemned them to live in poverty and loneliness as migrant workers. Worse, a terrible disease is raging among them: HIV. It’s hard to develop a rational attitude towards the causes and effects of the virus on the background of traditional beliefs and the hierarchy in Indian hospitals. At least now the medicine is reaching the patients. A young medical student brings it on his motorcycle, travelling endless miles through a barren, dusty landscape. But his fight for enlightenment seems a fight against windmills.
“Kalyug”’s sophisticated dialectic narrative, which interweaves ancient legends and the stories of the present age, is compelling. The film moves without breaks from a background story, a storyteller at a campfire, to three different internal stories which in turn are linked in a kind of circular structure, with one motive prompting the next. Embedded in the serene flow of the narrative, the archaic images have a mythical effect – while remaining firmly rooted in the reality of the here and now.

Lars Meyer
International Programme 2013
Last Call Enrico Cerasuolo

The story of a legendary book that was going to change the world: “The Limits of Growth”, the Club of Rome, its founders and what became of them and their ideas.

Last Call

Documentary Film
Italy
2013
90 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Massimo Arvat, Ingunn Knudsen
Enrico Cerasuolo
Gregorio Caporale, Antonio Raspanti, Tommaso Cerasuolo
Krister Johnson
Marco Duretti
Tommaso Cerasuolo, Pietro Luzzati, Tipper
Enrico Cerasuolo
Torstein Nodland
Growth seems to be the answer to all the challenges our society faces – if you believe the politicians that govern us. As if a book bearing the warning title “The Limits of Growth” hadn’t been awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade and become a bestseller as far back as 40 years ago. A group of international scientists, united in the “Club of Rome”, had plainly pointed out the dangers of climate change, outlining what had to be done. The authors of the book were young and optimistic, even amazingly naive from today’s point of view. We meet them again 40 years later.
Various crises and shocks could not make mankind switch from short-term to long-term thinking. What are the lessons of history? Are we resistant to learning? Is there still a chance, a “last call”? The former founders of the Club seem to have developed different theories. But one thing seems certain: the options that still existed 40 years ago are no longer available. This film follows the creation, reception and defence of a legendary book that should have changed the world. The extensive archive material is always referred back to the present day. And following the traces of the “Club of Rome” yields a number of stimulating brainteasers along the way.

Lars Meyer
International Programme 2013
On the Art of War Luca Bellino, Silvia Luzi

The long struggle of a group of Italian workers for their factory: occupation, strike, and back-breaking civil war manoeuvres. A complex investigation between hot agitation and cold analysis.

On the Art of War

Documentary Film
Italy,
USA
2012
85 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Giovanni Pompili, Margherita Di Paola, Claudia Antonucci
Luca Bellino, Silvia Luzi
Nicolò Mulas
Vania Tegamelli, Giorgio Carella
Luca Bellino
Luca Bellino, Silvia Luzi
Paolo Benvenuti, Stefano Grosso, Marzia Cordò
On 31 May 2008, a quiet and sunny Sunday, the staff of a heavy metal assembly plant in Milan-Lambrate met for a picnic. They had hardly unwrapped their sandwiches when a short message from the then current owner, who had bought the plant only in 2006, reached them: “We have decided to cease all activity as of 31 May 2008.”
Luca Bellino’s and Silvia Luzi’s film sheds light on the 50 workers’ long struggle, which started with the occupation of the facility on the same day, led to continued production under a worker’s management and, after the factory was cleared by the police for the first time, resulted in an open-ended strike in front of the factory gates to prevent the secret removal of the machinery. Finally, on 2 August 2009, a large number of police attacked the strikers in a civil war-like operation, upon which five of them seized an industrial crane on the grounds and occupied it for several weeks. The activists’ determination triggered a broad wave of international support and attracted a lot of media attention, which finally contributed to a long-term resolution of this conflict. Bellino and Luzi manage to create a complex cinematic investigation of an intense, real-life example of anarcho-syndicalist theory and practice in Italy, supremely balanced between hot agitation and cold analysis.

Ralph Eue

Stop the Pounding Heart

Documentary Film
Belgium,
Italy,
USA
2013
100 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Roberto Minervini
Roberto Minervini
Diego Romero Suarez-Llanos
Marie-Hélène Dozo
Fireworks burst into the sky above Texas – perceived light years away from the idyllic town where 14-year-old Sara is growing up as the oldest daughter of a large family of goat farmers. She takes tender care of the animals and the manufacture of various dairy products; helps raise her siblings who are home-schooled like her – according to a strict interpretation of the bible. Nearby, cowboys from the neighbourhood organise rodeos, showing us an America we have long believed forgotten. Sara’s inner conflict between her subtle attraction to the young bull-rider Colby and her future as a devout wife emerges almost imperceptibly.
The great lucidity of the narrative culminates as a child slips out of the mother’s womb in front of Sara’ eyes, confronting her directly with her destiny. The camera “breathes” incredibly close to the protagonists, capturing that inner turmoil in tender pastels. It makes the heart pound so hard that Sara’s mother can only pray for it to finally stop going crazy.

Claudia Lehmann



Golden Dove International Competition Documentary Film 2013

German Competition 2013
The Special Need Carlo Zarotti

A young man who is urgently looking for a girlfriend and first sex. The only thing “special” is that he is autistic. A tragicomic road movie filmed with a sense of humour and a very light touch.

The Special Need

Documentary Film
Germany,
Italy
2013
84 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Henning Kamm, Erica Barbiani, Fabian Gasmia
Carlo Zarotti
Dario Moroldo
Julián Elizalde
David Hartmann
Carlo Zoratti, Cosimo Bizzarri
Andrea Blasetig
Enea is 27, a young man with ordinary needs. What’s unusual is his direct way of expressing them. He carries his desire for a woman like a banner. Enea is autistic and often unable to interpret the reactions of the girls he approaches in the street. And he has yet to learn that it won’t exactly be the dream girl from the magazine who will say yes. Since he never had sex in his life, his friends Alex and Carlo, the director of the film, want to help him. Together they embark in an old VW bus on a journey from Italy through Austria to Germany. Because there is a place there where people like Enea with a “special need” can literally feel their way towards sexuality.
Sex in our society is usually charged with high expectations. Many people have trouble separating fantasy from reality, sexuality from love. Consequently, the film does not treat Enea as a special case. It follows its protagonist with great empathy on this all-male summer trip which is to become a journey of discovery into the world of feelings for all three. The camerawork makes this road movie seem very natural, while an instinct for tragicomic scenes adds a light touch.

Lars Meyer



Golden Dove in the German Competition Documentary Film 2013

International Programme 2013
The Valley of the Jato Caterina Monzani, Sergio Vega Borrego

A polluted river, a broken transmitter mast, the fight against the Mafia – Pino, chain-smoking patron of a Sicilian local radio station, takes care of everything. A turbulent plea for independent journalism.

The Valley of the Jato

Documentary Film
Italy,
UK
2012
67 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Caterina Monzani, Sergio Vega Borrego
Caterina Monzani, Sergio Vega Borrego
Roger Goula
Sergio Vega Borrego
Sergio Vega Borrego
Zhe Wu
You have to do everything yourself as a local journalist and patron: talk to the people in the factories and on the streets, research names, write commentaries, hop on the “News Chair” to read the (two-hour!) news, snub the staff, take samples of the polluted river for analysis, report the 105th birthday of a local, repair the channel’s transmitter mast with a small screwdriver, keep your wife happy with a kiss and the whole operation going. The lean, moustached, and hectic chain-smoker Pino Maniaci is an institution in Partinico, a town in the Sicilian province of Palermo. He and his whole family run the local TV channel, waging an embittered war of ruthless exposure against the Mafia, who frequently strike back just as ruthlessly. All the hopes of the long-suffering population rest on him. But the law to digitise television is threatening to bring the small channel to its financial knees …
Caterina Monzani and Sergio Vega Borrego tell this tale of a modern-day Don Quixote fighting against the windmills of corruption and capitalism in the turbulent style of the Italian comedy. Above all, they show that the disappearance of independent local journalism is an irrecoverable loss for democracy.

Grit Lemke