Film Archive

Strictly Animated 2018
A Morning Stroll Grant Orchard

New York City, one early morning in 1959: a chicken turns a corner, passes a dumbfounded pedestrian, climbs up the stairs to an apartment, knocks on the door with its beak and, after a short wait, is admitted.

A Morning Stroll

Animated Film
UK
2011
7 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Sue Goffe
Grant Orchard
Nic Gill
Nic Gill
Sander Jones, Lucas Vigroux, Perrine Marais, Florian Mounie, Max Stöhr
Nic Gill
Grant Orchard
New York City, one early morning in 1959: a chicken turns a corner, passes a dumbfounded pedestrian, climbs up the stairs to an apartment, knocks on the door with its beak and, after a short wait, is admitted. The same morning walk is repeated in 2009 and 2059. The conclusion: our planet is in truly bad shape.

Duscha Kistler
Strictly Animated 2018
All Is Full of Love Chris Cunningham

“It’s like Kamasutra meets Industrial Robotics,” British video artist Chris Cunningham commented, probably delivering the most accurate description of his erotic music video for Björk’s “All Is Full of Love”.

All Is Full of Love

Animated Film
UK
1999
4 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Cindy Burnay
Chris Cunningham
Björk
John Lynch
Gary Knight
“It’s like Kamasutra meets Industrial Robotics,” British video artist Chris Cunningham commented, probably delivering the most accurate description of his erotic music video for Björk’s “All Is Full of Love”, in which two identical robots in elegant white and bearing Björk’s features passionately kiss and touch each other in the sterile light of an operating room.

Duscha Kistler

Aquarela

Documentary Film
Denmark,
Germany,
UK
2018
90 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Aimara Reques, Heino Deckert, Sigrid Dyekjær
Victor Kossakovsky
Eicca Toppinen
Victor Kossakovsky, Ben Bernhard
Victor Kossakovsky, Molly Malene Stensgaard, Ainara Vera
Victor Kossakovsky, Aimara Reques
Alexander Dudarev
A film about water. Beauty, power and threat are mingled in Victor Kossakovsky’s latest work: the peace of the ice on Lake Baikal is treacherous. Under the surface it’s bubbling, melting – much earlier than usual. So a group of rescue workers is kept busy, pulling car after car from the frozen masses and recovering the drivers.

Icebergs are sinking in the sea here, storms drive torrents of rain aground in Florida, whole oceans are crashing down the Salto Ángel in Venezuela. 40 years after his debut as a filmmaker, 30 years after he graduated from the Higher Courses of Film Writers and Directors in Moscow and about seven years after his documentary “Vivan Las Antipodas!”, which measured the globe in geographical opposites, Victor Kossakovsky has produced another film that makes the landscapes of the world its protagonists. “Aquarela” shows bodies of water all over the world, in all their manifestations, in all their changing aggregate states caused by comparatively tiny differences in temperature. The camera maps on boats, dives under the surfaces, rises in the air to capture the expanse of space. Kossakovsky composes a visual symphony of primeval powers set to Heavy Metal music. The powerful images provoke awe, wonder flows from the screen like sea spray.

Fabian Tietke
Kids DOK 2018
Billie Maki Yoshikura

Billie and his master are an excellent team. The owner of the dog is elderly and his animal companion has adapted perfectly to his rhythm.

Billie

Animated Film
UK
2018
4 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Maki Yoshikura
Eleni Hassabis
Francesca Gambatesa
Victoria Jardine
Maki Yoshikura, Geoff McDowall, Robert Milne, Tim Sagar, Roly Edwards
Maki Yoshikura
Eleni Hassabis
Billie and his master are an excellent team. The owner of the dog is elderly and his animal companion has adapted perfectly to his rhythm. When fate deals a blow and Billie finds a home with a new family with two lively kids, he is out of his depth at first. The only thing that helps is a visit from grandma who does a great job of mediating between the dog and the kids.

Kim Busch
Strictly Animated 2018
Don’t Let It All Unravel Sarah Cox

The world a ball of wool. Nature a piece of knitting. Just don’t pull the end of the thread!

Don’t Let It All Unravel

Animated Film
UK
2007
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Peter Lord, David Sproxton, Miles Bullough, Helen Brunsdon
Sarah Cox
Gemma Carrington, Jonathan Biggins
Ben Lole
Steven Edge, Sarah Cox, Ben Lole, Candi Smith
Will Norie
The world a ball of wool. Nature a piece of knitting. Just don’t pull the end of the thread! Sarah Cox’s less than three minutes long film creates a remarkable image of climate change and its consequences for our ecosystem. “Don’t Let It All Unravel” was produced for the Live Earth Concerts which took place in 2007 to raise awareness of global warming.

Duscha Kistler
Strictly Animated 2018
Furniture Poetry Paul Bush

A film-game, inspired by Ludwig Wittgenstein’s quote, “What prevents me from supposing that this table either vanishes or alters its shape when no one is observing it (…)?”.

Furniture Poetry

Animated Film
UK
1999
6 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Paul Bush
Paul Bush
Andy Cowton
A film-game, inspired by Ludwig Wittgenstein’s quote, “What prevents me from supposing that this table either vanishes or alters its shape when no one is observing it (…)?” Paul Bush accepts the challenge and starts a frenzied transformation of everything that’s not nailed down. Who knows what’s real after all? And where is the evidence that I really know something?

Duscha Kistler

I’m OK

Animated Film
Canada,
UK
2018
6 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Abigail Addison (Animate Projects), Elizabeth Hobbs, Jelena Popović (National Film Board of Canada)
Elizabeth Hobbs
Elizabeth Hobbs
Elizabeth Hobbs
Elizabeth Hobbs
Sacha Ratcliffe
Galloping at breakneck speed through the tempestuous delirium of Oskar Kokoschka. After his failed amour fou with Alma Mahler he plunges into war as a dragoon in 1915, is wounded and comes to terms with things by creating the expressionist drama “Orpheus and Eurydice.” Elizabeth Hobbs takes up the dynamic quality of Kokoschka’s drawings and the turmoil of his emotional ecstasy. Restless ink strokes are entwined in a powerful and brightly coloured mesh of short-lived scenes of passion and suffering.

André Eckardt

Into the Abyss

Documentary Film
Germany,
UK,
USA
2011
107 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Erik Nelson
Werner Herzog
Mark Degli Antoni
Peter Zeitlinger
Joe Bini
Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog, Michael Perry, Jason Burkett
How can the curse of violence be banned? Werner Herzog has repeatedly addressed the issue of capital punishment in the US. In “Into the Abyss” he uses archive material and interviews to reconstruct a triple murder. Herzog interviews the people involved, talking to the condemned murderers Michael Perry and Jason Burkett, to family members, a priest and a former executioner. What did these people see when they looked into the abyss? Can death be pictured at all? Each of these persons tells a different story, while the film’s subtitle suggests yet another interpretation.

Kristina Jaspers
International Programme 2018
Island of the Hungry Ghosts Gabrielle Brady

The Christmas Island crabs scuttle wherever they want. The asylum seekers interned on the island must stay where they are. A filmic reflection in powerful metaphors about the right to hospitality and forbearance.

Island of the Hungry Ghosts

Documentary Film
Australia,
Germany,
UK
2018
98 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Alexander Wadouh
Gabrielle Brady
Aaron Cupples
Michael Latham
Katharina Fiedler
Gabrielle Brady
Leo Dolgan
There are places that make us realise instantly that they don’t need us and never did. They exist even if we don’t look at them. Christmas Island, a tiny 135 square kilometre dot in the Indian Ocean, is such a place. It probably first saw humans in 1643. It’s hard to imagine how amazed the endemic red crabs, which were alone with themselves, the tropical thicket and the snow white sandy beaches until then, must have been at this loud-mouthed guest who declared himself the great “discoverer”! The refugee reception centre on Christmas Island is another such place. Since 2001, the Australian government has detained asylum seekers here to deny them their right to regular admission procedures on the continent. The crabs continue amazed.

We are brought face to face with this amazement in the powerful images, sounds and metaphors of Gabrielle Brady’s cinematic reflection on the right to hospitality and forbearance – poetically condensed, emotionally haunting and politically poignant. First in the shape of trauma therapist Poh Lin, who helps the inmates of the detention camp come to terms with their fate while she herself is struggling to maintain composure. Then as the mythical story of the wandering spirits of the dead, told by the Chinese immigrants. And finally as a sprawling, teeming, unimpressed nature that grows and crawls wherever it pleases.

Sylvia Görke


Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

Homage Werner Herzog 2018
Little Dieter Needs to Fly Werner Herzog

Herzog sends his protagonist, who was shot down over Laos during the Vietnam War and spent six months in prison under inhuman conditions, on a psycho trip of a different kind.

Little Dieter Needs to Fly

Documentary Film
France,
Germany,
UK
1997
77 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Lucki Stipetić
Werner Herzog
Peter Zeitlinger
Rainer Standke
Werner Herzog
Josh Rosen
Werner Herzog, Dieter Dengler
Dieter Dengler, Werner Herzog, Eugene Deatrick
“Oh oh, this feels a little bit too close to home,” Dieter Dengler says into the camera when a few young Lao men tie up his hands again in the country of his torturers. Herzog sends his protagonist, who was shot down over Laos during the Vietnam War and spent six months in prison under inhuman conditions, on a psycho trip of a different kind. The film became a strategic model for working with re-enactments, for example in “The Act of Killing” (2012) by Joshua Oppenheimer, co-produced by Herzog. Herzog himself re-made the material into a feature film starring Christian Bale.

Kristina Jaspers
Opening Film 2018
Meeting Gorbachev Werner Herzog, André Singer

An artist and a statesman talk freely about everything under the sun, Chernobyl and German Reunification and, last but not least, Mikhail Gorbachev and Werner Herzog.

Meeting Gorbachev

Documentary Film
Germany,
UK,
USA
2018
91 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Lucki Stipetić, Svetlana Palmer
Werner Herzog, André Singer
Nicholas Singer
Yuriy Burak, Richard Blanshard
Michael Ellis
Werner Herzog
Vladimir Rizun, Vasiliy Amochkin, Simon Bishop, Alexander Kuckuck
In terms of realpolitik, these meetings between Mikhail Gorbachev and Werner Herzog might well be termed a summit. And the meetings between the filmmaker and the former leader of the Soviet Union were indeed prepared and executed like summit meetings. Werner Herzog, André Singer and their crew visited the initiator of glasnost and perestroika in his absolute seclusion near Moscow three times over a period of six months.

It’s the first time that Herzog focuses so directly on a politician, though he makes no bones about his admiration for the now 87-year-old statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner. By the same token, it’s a first for Mikhail Gorbachev, too, to let himself be questioned by an artist who avowedly is looking for a sound that’s different from what a professional journalist wants to hear and provoke. In his latest documentary, Herzog follows significant stations of Gorbachev’s political and personal career on a new quest for ecstatic moments behind factual truths.

Ralph Eue
Strictly Animated 2018
Mr. Madila Rory Waudby-Tolley

Mr. Madila is a spiritual healer and gifted advisor in matters of impotence, black magic, love voodoo and gambling addiction, or problems with the immigration authorities.

Mr. Madila

Animated Film
UK
2015
9 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Rory Waudby-Tolley
Rory Waudby-Tolley
Paul Devlin
Rory Waudby-Tolley
Rory Waudby-Tolley
Rob Malone
Mr. Madila is a spiritual healer and gifted advisor in matters of impotence, black magic, love voodoo and gambling addiction, or problems with the immigration authorities. A series of conversations between him and the filmmaker teaches us a lot about the nature of reality, its inner spirit and the colour of nothing. “Everything is mostly nothing.”

Duscha Kistler

Roughhouse

Animated Film
France,
UK
2018
16 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Richard Van Den Boom, Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan Hodgson
Stuart Hilton
Jonathan Hodgson
Zurine Ainz, Robert Bradbrook
Gabriel Jacquel, Gilles Cuvelier, Thomas Machart, Claire Trollé, Amélie Coquelet, Jonathan Hodgson
Jonathan Hodgson
Yan Volsy, Daniel Gries, Matthieu Langlet
The eighties, UK: three mates move to Liverpool to study art. Their leader is Shirley, the cool pub quiz champion. But he soon turns out to be a delinquent flatmate, the back rent is piling up, the rough tone becomes bullying: itching powder in underpants, the love interest seduced by another at a party. The mates are in the shit at all levels. How far can they still go? Who will surrender first?

Carolin Weidner


Nominated for the Young Eyes Film Award