Film Archive

International Programme 2017
95 and 6 to Go Kimi Takesue

Looking for the title of a script and finding a grandpa. A home movie style, warmhearted and humorous look: at the grandfather, the family history and the ancestors’ landscapes.

95 and 6 to Go

Documentary Film
USA
2016
85 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Kimi Takesue, Richard Beenen
Kimi Takesue
Paul Brill
Kimi Takesue
Kimi Takesue
Jeff Seelye
The filmmaker Kimi Takesue and her widowed grandfather Tom have big plans: first of all, Tom’s house must be cleared out. A lot of things have accumulated here since grandmother died, who didn’t really share Tom’s passion for film and television. Then there’s Kimi’s unfinished script which has been waiting for completion for years and really needs a new title. The spry pensioner comes up with many – sometimes corny – ideas which, unfortunately, do not always meet with much sympathy. And on top of it all his inquisitive granddaughter is trying to unravel her family history with the help of Tom’s memories. This yields insights into the living conditions of their ancestors, who tried to build a life as Japanese immigrants in Hawaii. The grandparents’ love story, too, is very interesting, especially the question how the two actually met and whether it was really love at first sight.

Shot like a home movie and intercut with archive material and shots of the Hawaiian landscape, Takesue takes a loving and humorous look at her grandfather and her roots. She may not get a new title for her script out of this, but it’s an enchanting way to get closer to her grandfather.

Kim Busch

Adolescence

Documentary Film
Puerto Rico,
USA
2017
10 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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José Fernando Rodríguez, Guillermo Zouain
José Fernando Rodríguez
José Fernando Rodríguez
José Fernando Rodríguez, Guillermo Zouain
José Fernando Rodríguez
Alain Muñiz, José Fernando Rodríguez
A girl in the pool, close to the lens. She’s asking for a towel. White noise. A boy pretending to be a chicken hops through the room, picking at the mattress with his head. José Fernando Rodríguez reconstructs the states of his youth in “Adolescence”, using residual images of past times, hybrid images: excessive hormone boosts and the first fears of death, a girl in the pool and a dry run in the children’s rooms. The images in-between are missing. There’s only white noise.

Lukas Stern
International Programme 2017
Before the Bridge Lewis Wilcox

Clear views from a driving car of post-apocalyptic scenarios: ruined factory buildings, dilapidated houses, heavy air. A fleeting glance at Trump’s America – and the future of the economy.

Before the Bridge

Documentary Film
USA
2017
18 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Savannah Mark
Lewis Wilcox
Arthur King & The Night Sea
Lewis Wilcox
Lewis Wilcox
David Carson
Jesse Herrera
Clear views from a driving car of post-apocalyptic scenarios: ruined factory buildings, dilapidated houses, heavy air. Then: dust-free shots of huge storehouses, robot arms, forklifts. A catalogue of disaster images meets a science fiction fantasy. No Hollywood superlativism but the effects of the automation and robotisation of the working world. The example: Indiana. A fleeting glance at Trump’s America – and the future of the economy.

Lukas Stern



Healthy Workplaces Film Award 2017

Bohemia, IA

Documentary Film
Germany,
USA
2017
30 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Angelo Wemmje (Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln)
Angelo Wemmje
Angelo Wemmje
Angelo Wemmje
Angelo Wemmje
90 per cent of the “Corn State” Iowa are used for agriculture. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that the “natives” this film focuses on are naive hillbillies. They make music and take Polaroid pictures, watch lectures on quantum physics on YouTube or discuss whether Elvis or Picasso is more “goth”. Buddy Holly’s “Listen to Me” drifts over from a cornfield – and Iowa’s other attribute of “Swing State” suddenly takes on a different meaning.

Esther Buss

Clean Hands

Documentary Film
USA
2016
9 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Katherine Gorringe, Allison Kelley
Lauren DeFilippo
Hector Laguna
Lauren DeFilippo
Lauren DeFilippo
Josh Berger
Clean hands, clean engine hoods, clean-cut lawns. Everything is clean in this drive-in church in Daytona Beach, Florida. Christ’s blood is handed out ready-bottled at the gate, the priest’s appeal to Become Human! is received on 88.5 FM, collections are paid as easily as toll fees. It’s almost as if the cars themselves were praying in this motorist’s church – perhaps for a take-away absolution of their diesel sins.

Lukas Stern
International Programme 2017
Dina Dan Sickles, Antonio Santini

It’s time to move in together if you belong together. Dina lives an “ordinary” love story – normal in carnal as well as pyjamas-related terms. An irresistible statement about the joys of the ordinary.

Dina

Documentary Film
USA
2017
101 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Dan Sickles, Antonio Santini
Dan Sickles, Antonio Santini
Michael Cera
Adam Uhl
Sofía Subercaseaux
Where can a film lead that begins with a visit to the dentist? First of all to a declaration of principle: she’s just afraid of the unexpected. Dina tells the dentist’s assistant whom she makes hold her hand. That’s not a phrase. The next shot, filmed from above at an angle, catches Dina, who is in her late forties, crossing a street: look left, look right, look left, look right, still no car in sight, nowhere. All the more surprising then that she moves forward rather boldly when it comes to love – to the wedding, to the shared flat. But she read about it in preparation …

One must imagine Dina as the better, no, weightier half of a double pack. Not because she is a few pounds overweight, but because, even sitting down, she seems to set the speed at which Scott gets to accompany her through life. Presumably she was the one who allowed Daniel Sickles and Antonio Santini access to this sometimes clumsy, almost childlike intimacy. Even at the risk of looking funny. The filmmakers follow the lovers through the couch and easy chair landscapes of the US suburban lifestyle – in a quirky and laconic documentary romance about the ordinary and how hard it is to achieve sometimes.

Sylvia Görke

Drift

Documentary Film
USA
2016
21 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Chris Ward
Chris Ward
Jay Purdy, Chris Ward
Chris Ward
Chris Ward
Cheng Zheng
A workshop, its windows sealed with duct tape. An old man solders and turns screws, eats lunch out of plastic containers, crawls into a sleeping bag at night. In 1973 Tom Ward and eleven other men set sail from the coast of Ecuador to Australia – on wooden rafts. Today he lives a retired life. At the time, Ward recorded stunning images of the expedition: the ocean sloshing over the raft, cloudy red skies. Now they are back on the screen – in his son Chris’s film.

Lukas Stern
International Programme 2017
Joe Boots Florian Baron

Joe leaves high school to join the army. He is not yet 20 when he goes to war in Iraq and realises that this is not a game. The film finds images for Joe’s inner states after his return.

Joe Boots

Documentary Film
Germany,
USA
2017
29 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Florian Baron
Florian Baron
Fatima Camara, Jana Irmert
Johannes Waltermann
Maja Tennstedt
Florian Baron
Jana Irmert, Linus Nickl, Nils Vogel-Bartling
Joe leaves high school to join the army. The terrorist attacks of September 11th have created new bogeymen and military equipment is extremely fascinating. He is not yet 20 when he goes to war in Iraq and realises that this is not a game. The film finds images for Joe’s inner states after his return: with no contact with his environment or himself his experiences never lose their hold on him. The power of his stories makes the futility of all those war operations tangible.

Leopold Grün