Film Archive

Crowded

Animated Film
Germany,
Netherlands,
USA
2019
6 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Nathania Rubin
Nathania Rubin
Nathania Rubin
Nathania Rubin
Nathania Rubin
Nathania Rubin
Nathania Rubin, Max Rubin
Nathania Rubin, Max Rubin
A face is being drawn with a pencil. The countenance of a woman emerges. Old and suddenly a girl again. In her bedroom the film of her life unfolds by key moments. Changes are made visible by the eraser and new drawings. The girl becomes a woman, a lover brings a storm of mystical and fantastical elements. The arrival of the child opens new dimensions not only in the room. The child scrutinises the world and looks right into our eyes.

Nadja Rademacher

Little Man, Time and the Troubadour

Documentary Film
Belgium,
Netherlands
2019
104 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jan van der Zanden, Ineke Kanters
Ineke Smits
Walter Hus
Piotr Rosolowski
Katarina Türler
Ineke Smits, Sipa Labakhua
Jeroen Stout
“We didn’t care about nationality,” says an elderly lady. She is showing the house where she lived with her children as a young woman to her friend and the camera crew. The school was right around the corner. Everyone lived harmoniously door to door here: Armenians, Georgians, Abkhazians, Mingrelians. Until the war came. Everyone who could afford it fled. To Russia, to Turkey, to Georgia. Abkhazia, which considers itself a state, lies in the south of the Caucasus and borders on the Black Sea. Under international law the country belongs to Georgia, but has the status of an autonomous region.

The Abkhazian artist Sipa Labakhua has returned home after many years and now tours the country with his autobiographical puppet show. He tells of his own experiences, his flight, his father’s dreams – and collects more stories on his journeys: of Georgian peasants, Orthodox priests, Abkhazian nationalists, Syrian refugees and Russian hippies. The result is the poetic image of a society that couldn’t be more diverse and that is asking itself an essential question that concerns us all: How do you define the national and cultural identity of a country? Sipa Labakhua has a very original answer: He sees himself as a troubadour, his art as his country and his talent as his home.

Julia Weigl
International Programme 2019
Mama Mania Vincent Sparreboom

Mama, a neuroleptic, the telephone and the director: Using few words but telling much, Vincent Sparreboom unfolds t(his) mother-son relationship in which she hopes and he fears.

Mama Mania

Documentary Film
Netherlands
2019
13 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Vincent Sparreboom
Vincent Sparreboom
Joachim Lenting, Vincent Sparreboom
Vincent Sparreboom
Vincent Sparreboom
Erik Langhout, Vincent Sparreboom
“Hey mom, it’s me.” A phone call begins what a short film about a lifelong mother-son-relationship can tell in phone calls, text messages and impressions of the environment: much, all. The dialogue between word and image is sparse, but full of the unspoken. The camera descends from above into two inhabited solitudes: the filmmaker’s and his mother’s. The two discuss the neuroleptic Haldol and a new man in Mom’s life on the phone. Vincent is worried.

Sylvia Görke