Film Archive

International Programme 2019
Playhouse Adda Elling

A lesbian relationship and the playful exploration of the dynamics between the presentation and representation of female role patterns on film and in reality.

Playhouse

Documentary Film
UK
2018
25 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Teodora Shaleva
Adda Elling
Thomas Ross Fitzsimons
Alana Mejia Gonzalez
Stella Heath Keir
Ines Adriana
“So now we’re gonna play a game. – Is it a game? – It depends on how you look at it …” Two lovers in a secluded holiday home. Over a summer dinner, Line and Rosie discuss issues of power and the representation of women and female sexuality on film. A game in front of and behind the camera begins, in the course of which they change roles more and more seamlessly. Who creates which level of reality and who bears responsibility for how a scene is perceived?

Luc-Carolin Ziemann
International Programme 2019
Through the Bloody Mists of Time Adam Kossoff

German thinker Walter Benjamin and British filmmaker Humphrey Jennings may have met in 1937 Paris. Or was it on a cloud in heaven?

Through the Bloody Mists of Time

Documentary Film
UK
2018
66 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Adam Kossoff
Adam Kossoff
Robert Lippok
Adam Kossoff
Adam Kossoff
Adam Kossoff
German philosopher Walter Benjamin and British filmmaker Humphrey Jennings are sitting on a cloud and talking. About what? About the so-called “small” 1937 World Fair in Paris, where the two might have met? Or about the recently rediscovered 9.5mm film Jennings is said to have shot there? Or about their great unfinished projects? Benjamin’s “Arcades Project” and Jennings’s “Pandæmonium” show a striking structural similarity: Benjamin’s goal was to compile a history of the 19th century from contemporary sources and quotes. Jennings chose the same approach in his attempt to document “the coming of the machine as seen by contemporary observers”, to quote the subtitle of his posthumously published book on industrialisation.

Together they watch the 1937 film in slow motion. Their conversations are recorded and commented by an anonymous female scribe: the views of two thinkers and poets on modernity, surrealism, new technologies, capitalism as a spectacle or the diverging positions on the British Isles and the European mainland.

Frederik Lang

Zahida

Documentary Film
Pakistan,
UK
2018
29 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Seemab Gul
Seemab Gul
Jo Patterson
Seemab Gul
Claudio Cecconi
Seemab Gul
Odinn Ingibergsson
Left-hand, right-hand, cross traffic in the industrial city of Rawalpindi. “It wouldn’t work if I left the house thinking that I am a woman,” says Zahida. But this works: to be a woman, mother, Pakistani, even the whole of Pakistan. She already is a woman taxi driver, the only one in the country – queen of the asphalt and bumpy tracks. She wears a headscarf and the proverbial breeches and she has a strong, soft, rough, gentle nature that shines in all its facets in this film.

Sylvia Görke