Film Archive

International Programme 2018
América Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside

The law of responsibility is uncheatable, unquestionable: three brothers from Mexico share the care for their 93-year-old grandmother. A piece of evidence for humanism.

América

Documentary Film
USA
2018
76 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside
Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside
Erick Stoll
Erick Stoll, Chase Whiteside
Christian Giraud
The outer layer consists of kissing and touching. A film wrapped in tenderness, surrounded by gestures of intimacy, sensitivity and warmth. Diego and his two brothers have returned to Colima in Western Mexico to take care of their 93-year-old grandmother. América is the name of this old woman with dreaming eyes and a warm smile, who is bedded and blanketed by the brothers at night, washed and dressed by them in the morning, cosseted, protected, surrounded by them at noon. The brothers’ father is in prison, their economic situation is precarious and the workload boundless. But human dignity and the law of responsibility are unquestionable, uncheatable. Never – whatever the cost, be it money, time, strength or a brawl – would Diego, Rodrigo and Bruno take their grandmother to a nursing home.

The US directors Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside followed the family for a period of three years and are now presenting an intimate debut film that is more than a document of the ethics of responsibility. It’s, and this is what one should call it, a piece of evidence for humanism.

Lukas Stern
International Programme 2018
Appalachian Holler Matthias Lawetzky

The end of coal-mining has left the Appalachians with environmental destruction and unemployment. Making music together gives the people something to hold on to and some dignity.

Appalachian Holler

Documentary Film
Germany,
USA
2018
29 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Matthias Lawetzky (Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main)
Matthias Lawetzky
Matthias Lawetzky
Matthias Lawetzky
Matthias Lawetzky
Matthias Lawetzky
You don’t get rich in the Appalachian Mountains. “They’re trying to get thataway, but they usually die before they do,” they say here. The end of coal mining left the inhabitants with its consequential problems, environmental destruction and unemployment. Making music together – if only with spoons – gives the people in one of the remotest spots of the US something to hold on to and some dignity.

Fabian Tietke
International Programme 2018
Atmahaú Pakmát Cameron Quevedo

A poetic and political film about border demarcations and their consequences, the struggle for survival of adobe brick makers in the Mexican-US border region and the magic of a river.

Atmahaú Pakmát

Documentary Film
Mexico,
USA
2017
24 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Cameron Quevedo
Jesús Gerdel
Jim Hickcox
Cameron Quevedo
Will Harrell
Everybody’s talking about the planned wall between the US and Mexico, but what’s often overlooked is that this borderline is in itself a construct. In the mid-19th century, Mexico had to accept a massive loss of territory to its powerful northern neighbour. The demarcation line has followed the Rio Grande ever since. A poetic and political film about border demarcations and their consequences, the struggle for survival of adobe brick makers in the Mexican-US border region and the magic of a river.

Annina Wettstein
Retrospective 2018
Czechoslovakia 1918–1968 Robert Fresco, Denis Sanders

Produced by US government agencies but published against the express will of the political and intelligence service leaders of the US.

Czechoslovakia 1918–1968

Documentary Film
USA
1969
14 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Robert Fresco, Denis Sanders
Robert Fresco, Denis Sanders
Charles Bernstein
Marvin Walowitz
Robert Fresco, Denis Sanders
Norman Gollin
Produced by US government agencies but published against the express will of the political and intelligence service leaders of the US.

Ralph Eue

Denoise

360°-Film
Italy,
Switzerland,
USA
2017
15 minutes

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Federico Biasin
Giorgio Ferrero, Federico Biasin
Giorgio Ferrero, Rodolfo Mongitore
Fabrizio Cyreck, Giorgio Ferrero, Federico Biasin
Filippo Vallegra
Giorgio Ferrero, Rodolfo Mongitore
Giorgio Ferrero
A Texas oil field, the engine room of an ocean freighter, an anechoic room, a waste incineration plant – contrasting sceneries that are connected by the protagonists of this 360° collage film. They lead lonely lives, far removed from our own lifestyle. The quiet of the free field chamber clashes with the roaring of the engine room, but ultimately it’s all one.

Lars Rummel, Marie Hinkelmann

Flora

Animated Film
USA
2018
4 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Chaerin Im
Chaerin Im
Roger Kim
Chaerin Im
Chaerin Im
Chaerin Im
Roger Kim
“Anyway, a penis looks like a flower, too.” Chaerin Im has turned this over and over again for a few minutes to realise at the end: female and male sexual organs seem to be made of the same material. And look rather like plants when you look closely. Thanks to Im’s animation, though, even more like smooth, elegant morphs.

Carolin Weidner
Homage Werner Herzog 2018
Grizzly Man Werner Herzog

Self-styled animal rights activist Timothy Treadwell spent thirteen summers alone among wild grizzly bears. Herzog bases his film on Treadwell’s video recordings.

Grizzly Man

Documentary Film
USA
2005
104 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Kevin Beggs, Billy Campbell, Phil Fairclough, Andrea Meditch, Erik Nelson, Tom Ortenberg, Jewel Palovak
Werner Herzog
Richard Thompson
Peter Zeitlinger
Joe Bini
Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog
Timothy Treadwell, Werner Herzog
Self-styled animal rights activist Timothy Treadwell spent thirteen summers alone among wild grizzly bears. Herzog bases his film on Treadwell’s video recordings. He talks of a “story of astonishing beauty and depth, of ecstasy and deep inner perturbation” which fascinated him. The film opens in the idyllic Katmai National Park in Alaska, the ideal habitat for brown bears. But Herzog’s voice-over introduces the dramatic end of Treadwell’s life from the start. The film says more about “inner human nature” than about an untouched landscape, the director says.

Kristina Jaspers

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

It’s Going to Be Beautiful

Documentary Film
Mexico,
USA
2018
9 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Luis Gutiérrez Arias, John Henry Theisen
Luis Gutiérrez Arias, John Henry Theisen
Luis Gutiérrez Arias, John Henry Theisen
Luis Gutiérrez Arias, John Henry Theisen
John Henry Theisen
Luis Gutiérrez Arias, John Henry Theisen
Luis Gutiérrez Arias
Trump dreams of a barrier against immigration from Mexico become architecture. And we join in the dream. But do we dream in beige or blue? Do we dream with horizontal or vertical stripes, in reinforced concrete or disarming steel? Eight design prototypes are competing here, made ridiculous by the unlimited nature of the landscape and grounded by test climbers that pull themselves up these monoliths. A brilliantly filmed and conceived documentary joke – without the relief of laughter.

Sylvia Görke

Las del diente

Animated Film
Spain,
USA
2018
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Ana Pérez López
Ana Pérez López
Paola Escobar
Ana Pérez López
Ana Pérez López
Ana Pérez López
Ana Pérez López
Laura Sofia Pérez
Nowadays, wanting to have children is tricky. Do I want children? And if so, when? Reproductive medicine even allows us to choose the “right” time. Have a career first and postpone the decision, thanks to social freezing? Three women over thirty ponder the female body and find warm words for their uterus, accompanied by Flamenco music – the pulse of life.

Annina Wettstein
Homage Werner Herzog 2018
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World Werner Herzog

“Is the Internet dreaming of itself?” Curious and contemplative, but free of cultural pessimism of any kind, Herzog addresses the different aspects of the World Wide Web.

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

Documentary Film
USA
2016
98 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Werner Herzog, Rupert Maconick (Saville Productions)
Werner Herzog
Mark Degli Antoni, Sebastian Steinberg
Peter Zeitlinger
Marco Capalbo
Werner Herzog
“Is the Internet dreaming of itself?” Curious and contemplative, but free of cultural pessimism of any kind, Herzog addresses the different aspects of the World Wide Web. What possibilities are opened by digital networking and artificial intelligence? What dangers lurk in anonymous networks? Herzog’s film is less a critical analysis than a multi-voiced essay where you can watch originals think. The spectrum of interview partners ranges from Tesla CEO Elon Musk to a group of people with electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

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

Mickey Mouse in Vietnam

Animated Film
USA
1968
2 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Milton Glaser
Lee Savage
In a war, young men are recruited: even the most famous mouse in the world.

Ralph Eue
International Programme 2018
Mom’s Clothes Jordan Wong

The once docile child has grown out of their mother’s patterned clothes. Now he can navigate between different forms of intimacy and gender – queer and colourful.

Mom’s Clothes

Animated Film
USA
2018
5 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Jordan Wong
Jordan Wong
Jordan Wong
Jordan Wong
Jordan Wong
Jordan Wong
Jordan Wong
Jordan Wong
Navigating between different forms of intimacy and gender took him longer: as a queer and coloured person one stands out even in Jordan Wong’s native city of San Francisco. Wong’s reflections about his and his mother’s life find a visual counterpoint in animated textiles. Soft, scratchy, thin, strong, flowery, plaid or printed with predators – dreams, self-knowledge and questions arise from these clothes.

Nadja Rademacher

Oratorio for Prague

Documentary Film
France,
USA,
ČSSR
1968
29 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Claude Berri, Jean-Pierre Rassam
Jan Němec
Ladislav Štaidl
Stanislav Szomolányi
The major key of enthusiasm turns into the minor key of crushed hopes in this film, shot clandestinely and smuggled abroad.

Ralph Eue
International Programme 2018
Share Barna Szász, Ellie Wen

Tim is 18 years old and has 3 million followers on Instagram. An attentive look at the identity frame of Generation Z – between YouTube lines, memes and tears.

Share

Documentary Film
USA
2018
13 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Barna Szász, Ellie Wen
Barna Szász, Ellie Wen
Barna Szász, Ellie Wen
Barna Szász, Ellie Wen
Barna Szász, Ellie Wen
Tim is 18 years old, wears sports clothes and has 3 million followers on Instagram. Not only is he a minor celebrity in digital space, he also finds a social stability there that he hasn’t known before. Ellie Wen’s and Barna Szász’s film is a compact interrogation of issues of identity, family and communication – and they understand that on- and offline are not simply a binary opposition but that in either space reality is real and nothing but real.

Lukas Stern


Nominated for the Young Eyes Film Award