Film Archive

Airport

Animated Film
Croatia,
Switzerland
2017
10 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Ruedi Schick, Ankica Jurić Tilić
Michaela Müller
Hrvoje Štefotić
Michaela Müller
Michaela Müller
Michaela Müller
Michaela Müller, Aleksandar Battista Ilić
Fa Ventilato
The letters on a departure board turn into grey figures with trolley suitcases hurrying through the high security airports of this world. A red wall abruptly puts an end to the journey of a restless man whose wide-spread arms melt like Icarus’s wings. Reality is punctured and the fatal contradictions of our globalised world are metaphorically exposed. Michaela Müller spent six years condensing her original sound sketch stills into a work of art.

Nadja Rademacher

Das Kongo Tribunal

Documentary Film
Germany,
Switzerland
2017
100 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German

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Arne Birkenstock, Olivier Zobrist, Sebastian Lemke
Milo Rau
Marcel Vaid
Thomas Schneider
Katja Dringenberg
Milo Rau
Marco Teufen, Jens Baudisch
For more than 20 years, the tortuous civil war in Congo has transformed an area the size of Western Europe into hell on earth. This permanent conflict, also called World War Three because of the direct or indirect involvement of all superpowers, has killed about six million people so far. Director Milo Rau managed, for the first time in the history of this war and in the middle of the combat zone, to hold a symbolic tribunal involving many of the participating parties. His recordings from remote villages and nearly inaccessible mining areas and his factual and focused observation of the trial in a courthouse built specifically for the shooting paint a complex portrait of this exemplary economic war. This documentary examination of a global conflict is not about winning or losing but about the question of what we are willing to pay for the wealth of the First World.

Ralph Eue



Honorary Mention in the International Competition;
Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, DEFA Sponsoring Prize

Kids DOK 2017
Der kleine Vogel und die Raupe Lena von Döhren

The bird wants to be left alone, the caterpillar wants the leaf and the fox wants to eat the bird

Der kleine Vogel und die Raupe

Animated Film
Switzerland
2017
4 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Schattenkabinett GmbH
Lena von Döhren
Fee Liechti
Lena von Döhren
Christof Steinmann
The bird wants to be left alone, the caterpillar wants the leaf and the fox wants to eat the bird. In the end the butterfly will save the bird’s life.

Lina Dinkla

Greater Than

Animated Film
Germany,
Switzerland
2017
9 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Roland Fischer
Kate Haase, Sebastian Hühnel
Verena Marisa
Sebastian Hühnel
Kate Haase
Kate Haase, Sebastian Hühnel
Kate Haase, Sebastian Hühnel
Lukas Fuchs
You take a risk when you leave your sheltering cocoon to step into the glaring light of the outside world. Especially when this world is made of long, stele-like white forms which move in unpredictable ways and threaten to grasp you. Herma meets a far bigger creature that speaks her language here. Each of them manages to climb a stele. Can their peculiar dialogue be continued despite the distance? A stylised puppet animation about self-liberation and its limits.

Nadja Rademacher

Haarig

Animadoc
Switzerland
2017
52 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Franziska Reck
Anka Schmid
Feed the Monkey
Daniel Leippert
Marina Wernli
Anka Schmid
Anka Schmid
Markus Graber
A first person singular film which begins where it should, which is right at the beginning: after nine months of snug peace the filmmaker had fought her way through her mother’s pelvis and the first thing she touched was the latter’s curly pubic hair.

Anka Schmid uses a playful biographical approach to tell her hairy story, which is also the story of a whole generation. She jumps from detail to detail, or from moustaches to full beards to shaving one’s legs and armpits. And, last but not least, to the very special haptic pleasure you feel when you stroke the even stubble of a buzzcut. If this makes your hair stand on end with pleasure, you are already in the midst of the next volte-face. And if not, there’s no help for you anyway! Anka Schmid discovers the enormous potential of this most delicate body part in life and in art. And at the end of her ingenious collage of real, archival and animated footage one feels thoroughly combed over and certain henceforth that there is a whole cosmos hidden in hair.

Ralph Eue

Intimity

Animadoc
Switzerland
2017
5 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Nicolas Burlet
Élodie Dermange
Fatima Dunn
Élodie Dermange, Zoltán Horváth
Élodie Dermange
Élodie Dermange
Jérôme Vittoz
The young woman’s tongue loosens under the shower. When she throws her clothes on the tiles, takes the soap and wrings the water from her long red hair she allows us to participate in her transformation. What started out as shyness has become a passion. And the images, too, unfurl like a kaleidoscope.

Carolin Weidner
International Programme 2017
Köhlernächte Robert Müller

With a mimetic interest in the temporalities of the traditional craft of the Entlebucher charcoal burners, Robert Müller shows us how charcoal is made. A work of archaic beauty.

Köhlernächte

Documentary Film
Switzerland
2017
92 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Carola Kutzner
Robert Müller
Fritz Hauser
Pio Corradi, Luzius Wespe, Robert Müller
Kathrin Plüss, Mirella Nüesch
Robert Müller
Guido Keller, Thomas Gassmann, Simon Graf, Salome Wüllner
Fränz Röösli keeps cursing out loud. The fire has eaten a hole in his charcoal kiln, it’s the middle of the night and he is trying to contain the damage, making the embers, smoke and fire glow, smoke and burn as they should with a few stabs of his stick. Fränz Röösli is a master of fire, a vanquisher of fire – almost the only expressions that will do justice to the archaic beauty of his trade. The only commercially operated charcoal kilns in Western Europe today are found in Entlebuch in the canton of Lucerne. It takes about five weeks until a kiln is stacked and burnt and the charcoal is shovelled into bags and loaded on trucks to be sold.

With a mimetic interest in the temporalities and rhythms, the cyclical work processes and eternally repeated movements of the charcoal burning trade, Swiss director Robert Müller shows us how wood is transformed into charcoal – step by step, layer by layer, shovelful by shovelful, curse by curse. Having watched this film it’s easy to understand why this remote craft has no recruitment problems.

Lukas Stern


Nominated for Healthy Workplaces Film Award

Rewind Forward

Documentary Film
Switzerland
2017
23 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Kaleo La Belle, Emma Marxer
Justin Stoneham
Heidi Happy
Andi Widmer
Corina Schwingruber Ilić
Justin Stoneham, Kaleo La Belle
Nicolas Nagy
A box full of VHS tapes makes Justin Stoneham re-examine his life so far. For a long time he tried to escape his memories: of his charismatic mother, who suffered a stroke when he was four and has been handicapped ever since. Of his own childish self to whom this person was always a scary stranger. Now he risks a first step, with the camera as his shield and transmitter, and meets a woman who has lost her language, but not her sense of humour.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann

Ruben Leaves

Animated Film
Switzerland
2015
5 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Jürgen Haas (Hochschule Luzern – Design & Kunst)
Frederic Siegel
Nico Kast
Frederic Siegel
Thomas Gassmann, Kilian Vilim
Who hasn’t wondered whether everything is okay after leaving their flat?! Ruben also agonises over this question as his trains of thought become more and more absurd.

Franziska Bruckner

Talking Money

Documentary Film
Georgia,
Germany,
Switzerland
2017
81 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Susann Schimk
Sebastian Winkels
Sebastian Winkels
Frederik Bösing
Sebastian Winkels
Frederik Bösing, Nelson Marca Esprella, Corneille Houssou, Till Passow, Markus CM Schmidt, Johannes Schneeweiß, Niko Tarielashvili
People who go to their house bank for a personal consultation have either too much or too little money. And speaking of “house banks” – that sounds like a special bond, the “financial doctor you trust”. In any case, this special need for consultation arises from disparities: between dreams and income, investment needs and risk forecasts, personal circumstances and objective constraints. This in turn gives rise to a special culture of conversation, one that follows similar rules in Bolivia, Switzerland or Pakistan – that, at least, is the thesis of Sebastian Winkels’ film. And it doesn’t matter into which financial institution in this world we follow him and what language we hear there: superimposed upon each other, the images and soundtracks of the consultations become a sound that the bank customer as a collective subject knows only too well. Oh, the shame about one’s financial impotence! Ah, the confessions one feels constrained to make. And, oh dear, the helplessness with which one must surrender to the rows of numbers.

The camera takes sides – not on a moral level, but on a dramatic one. It is always placed behind the tables where the skilled rejecters and form explainers are sitting, of whom we rarely see more than a sleeve, though. And it faces up to the looks of passing applicants and consultation-seekers like an experienced anthropologist: incorruptible but touchable.

Sylvia Görke


Nominated for ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness, Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, DEFA Sponsoring Prize

The Pocket Man

Animated Film
France,
Georgia,
Switzerland
2016
7 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Réginald de Guillebon, Corinne Destombes
Ana Chubinidze
Yan Volsy
Nadine Buss
Hervé Guichard
Lorelei Palies, Pierre-Luc Granjon, Antoine Lanciaux, Chaïtane Conversat, Christophe Gautry
Ana Chubinidze
Loïc Burkhardt, Julien Baissat
When the little man loses his home – a suitcase – he jumps straight into a blind man’s pocket and henceforth lives there as his navigator.

Lina Dinkla