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Jahr

Hotel 22

Documentary Film
USA
2014
8 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Elizabeth Lo
Elizabeth Lo
Jonathan Zalben
Elizabeth Lo
Elizabeth Lo
Elizabeth Lo
Christopher Giamo
The end of the line, Palo Alto, California. Bus No. 22 ceaselessly drives passengers through wealthy Silicone Valley. An ordinary urban bus during the day, it leads an unglamorous double life at night. When darkness falls, the poor, the homeless, figures in the shadow of wealth, gather at the bus stop. Silently and cumbrously they climb the bus which turns into a rolling dormitory. For one night they are jarred to the bones, exposed to arguments and racism and showered with instructions for order that suggest that everything here is still fine and in control: “If you’re tired, put your head up against the window.” In a little less than eight minutes the film captures the mood swings of this ride through the night which has become part of their daily life for many, and at the same time draws a sketch for a large-scale portrait of society.
Lars Meyer

Rougarouing

Documentary Film
USA
2013
11 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher, Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas
Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher
Michael Palmieri
Michael Palmieri
Donal Mosher, Michael Palmieri
Rougarous are leprechaun-like mythical creatures that often take the shape of werewolves. Their home is the US state of Louisiana and they are an integral part of Cajun folklore. Like Vampires, who celebrate their resurrection at a certain hour of the night, people dressed up as Rougarous meet at certain times of the year to celebrate extravagant rituals of obsession and transformation. The Brockhaus encyclopaedia doesn’t seem to think much of these creatures. At any rate, their description betrays a distant contempt: “The Rougarou has rotten teeth, worm-eaten skin and bloodshot eyes. After transformation his appearance resembles that of an undead person.” Quite unlike Michael Palmieri's and Donal Mosher's sympathetic observation of this American version of extreme carnival. A hyper-active camera and montage strategy hurl the audience without protection into the ritual mud-battle that is Rougarouring. A warning at the end: anyone (perhaps slightly scared) who looks for an emergency exit from this eleven-minute-bacchanal will search in vain.

Ralph Eue

T's World: The Over-identification of Terry Thompson

Animadoc
France,
UK,
USA
2014
29 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Ramon Bloomberg
Ramon Bloomberg
Ramon Bloomberg
Stark Haze
József Szimon, Balázs Őrley
On 18th October, 2011, the sheriff of Zanesville, Ohio, got an agitated phone call: the animals that eccentric Terry Thompson was legally keeping on his ranch were roaming the county. Red alert! That night, a heavily armed police force killed more than 56 bears, tigers, wolves, leopards and lions. Thompson had opened the cages, shot himself and offered his body as food to the animals. So far, so good, so American.
British media artist Ramon Bloomberg has turned this bizarre incident into a Brechtian story. Bloomberg combines Brecht’s play “The Yes Sayer” about traditional custom and formalised law with the American settler’s anarchical logic of freedom which fights every kind of state influence as an infringement on individual freedom: I am the lord of my animals, my land, my house, my family. End of story!
Bloomberg translates epic theatre into the language of film in the age of Play Station games. Real live shots are combined with images from the police car’s video camera, Google Earth data mining sequences and computer animated re-enactments. We hear minutes and statements of everyone involved as well as a comment taking the form of an (antique) chorus, the voice of the law, the neighbour and the animal. The only voice we don’t hear is Terry Thompson’s. His motives remain a big secret.

Matthias Heeder



Honorary Mention in the International Competition Animated Film 2014