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Berlin – From Dawn to Dusk

In der Dämmerstunde – Berlin
Annik Leroy
Homage Annik Leroy 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium,
FRG
1981
67 minutes
French,
German
subtitles: 
English

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Annik Leroy
Gamma Films
ZDF
Centre de l'Audiovisuel à Bruxelles (CBA)
Annik Leroy
Annik Leroy
Eva Houdova
Daniel De Valck
Alain Marchal

Long walks through almost deserted cityscapes which even in the late 1970s still bear the distinct scars of the Second World War: a Belgian filmmaker encounters West Berlin. She tries to re-adjust in this terrain saturated with European history and films this transformation in the first person singular. The images of twilight captured on grainy 16mm footage make Berlin look like a city that lies deep in the East, even though it sees itself as a Western city. But Annik Leroy mistrusts the mirror images: they don’t help if you want to see things more clearly.

Ralph Eue
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State of the World
Kids DOK 2020
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Bertha and the Wolfram Tijs Torfs
Bertha is determined to tame the wild wolves in her life. She counters her disease, which limits her in her daily life, with brushes, colour palettes and crayons.
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Bertha and the Wolfram

Bertha en de wolfram
Tijs Torfs
Kids DOK 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium
2020
15 minutes
Dutch
subtitles: 
German

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Tijs Torfs
Jurgen Buedts

Bertha loves to draw. She needs help in her daily life for she has a rare disease that impairs her vision. But Bertha refuses to be discouraged. She has organised an exhibition together with a well-known painter. The proceeds will go to research into her disease, the so-called Wolfram syndrome. Can Bertha tame the wild wolves in her life?

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Redistribution and Having a Say
Homage Annik Leroy 2020
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Cell 719 Annik Leroy
A 15-minute audiovisual composition based on a text written in prison by Ulrike Meinhof: “Letter from a prisoner in the isolation wing” (1972/73).
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Cell 719

Cellule 719
Annik Leroy
Homage Annik Leroy 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium
2015
15 minutes
English
subtitles: 
None

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Annik Leroy
Annik Leroy
Julie Morel
Marie Vermeiren

It could be called a portrait or a composition with text and sound. Ulrike Meinhof’s “Letter from a prisoner in the isolation wing”, written in prison in 1972/73, a document of detention in thought cascades, lends structure and weight to fifteen minutes of film. The apparently black background is dimly animated at intervals, hinting at a nocturnal outside or an area near water. This attempt to communicate the sensory deprivation resulting from isolation attempts what’s actually impossible, pushing towards abstraction, harsh, brutal, dry. Any narrative “grease” is discarded. There is no space at all, hence not for a narrative, either.

Ralph Eue
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Sense and Being
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Considering the Ends

Nous la mangerons, c’est la moindre des choses
Elsa Maury
International Competition 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium,
France
2020
67 minutes
French
subtitles: 
English, German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing

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Elsa Maury
Cyril Bibas
Luc Reder
Olivier Burlet
Javier Packer-Comyn
Philippe Cotte
Marc Siffert
Mathieu Cauville
Loïc Villiot
Galaad Germa
Willy Boutet
Christian Tessier
Elsa Maury
Geoffroy Cernaix
Pauline Piris-Nury
Martin Flament
Elsa Maury
Nathalie Savalois

The vultures are circling over the Cevennes, the south-eastern part of the French Massif Central. They are part of the holistic cycle of becoming and passing away which shepherdess Nathalie seeks to come closer to. Because the vultures are gnawing at the remains of her beloved animals. She considers herself responsible not only for their lives, but also for their death. Elsa Maury’s film is an unequivocal testimony to what it means to wield the fatal knife oneself.

The sounds made by a ewe when a lamb is born seem almost human. And when a little later the newborn turns out to be unwilling to live it seems as if one could detect pain in the mother’s eyes. The shepherdess Nathalie’s empathic look at her flock was transferred directly to the viewer. Each animal here has its own name, each has a biography that Nathalie knows by heart. And it’s ultimately up to her to finally decide when the end of a sheep is near. In diary-like sequences we learn about her feelings, take part in a difficult process of development which results in new self-confidence, perhaps even new wisdom. Elsa Maury shows a perennial school of killing and death. She leaves the events uncommented, but achieves an intensity through images and editing that stays with us for a long time.
Carolin Weidner
Nominated for Prize of the Interreligious Jury, FIPRESCI Prize
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Intervening Nature
Redistribution and Having a Say
Rural vs. Urban
Small Worlds, Big People
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Kids DOK 2020
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Dad Magnet Daphne van den Blink
When Kwinten’s Dad has to go on a naval mission for three months it’s hard. Kwinten plays in nature, counts the days and tries to get used to missing him.
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Dad Magnet

Papamagneet
Daphne van den Blink
Kids DOK 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium
2020
17 minutes
Dutch
subtitles: 
German

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Daphne van den Blink
Magalie Dierick
Emmy Oost
Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
Jonathan Wannyn
Febe Simoens
Kwinten Van Laethem
Gedeon Depauw
Stijn Dickel

Kwinten is proud of his Dad who is the commander of a naval ship. But a new mission takes his Dad to sea again for three months. Kwinten waits for postcards and counts the days. His best friend now lives in another town, but fortunately comes to visit. Coping with missing his father isn’t easy for Kwinten. Seeing him again is all the more wonderful, though.

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Family Ties
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Downstream to Kinshasa

En route pour le milliard
Dieudo Hamadi
International Competition 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium,
DR Congo,
France
2020
90 minutes
Lingala,
Swahili
subtitles: 
English

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Dieudo Hamadi
Quentin Laurent
Frédéric Féraud
Dieudo Hamadi
Aurelien Bodinaux
Stephan Riguet
Dieudo Hamadi
Hélène Ballis
Catherine Catella
Sylvain Aketi
Dieudo Hamadi
Les Zombies de Kisangani

In the summer of 2000 Ugandan and Rwandan troops fought a devastating battle in Kisangani. The International Court of Justice sentenced Uganda to pay one billion U.S. dollars to the civilian victims. After almost twenty years of waiting in vain, some of them set out for Kinshasa to enforce their legal claim. The physical and theatrical power of their mission both drives and radiates from this film.

Dieudo Hamadi has given the women and men he is about to follow down the Congo a visually confident and assured exposition. Gathered on an inky black stage, they look at us and sing: of blood spilled, of money forgotten. Then the march of the maimed sets itself in motion, on crutches, with prostheses, past the nearby pits of the dead and out into the country. Every metre covered is an act of rebellion. When the procession of beggars, who rightly won’t tolerate this designation, finally climbs the stairs of the National Parliament, iconic scenes of Soviet revolutionary cinema seem to shine through. But the crowd that is moving here is different. Its individual bodies push back with all their weight both against the casual shrug of the shoulders of political routine and the carelessly rounded calculations of loss and equivalent value of the arithmetic of war.
Sylvia Görke
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Redistribution and Having a Say
Rural vs. Urban
Small Worlds, Big People
State of the World
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Kids DOK 2020
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Fien, Jip & Fien Marie De Hert, Ellen Pollard
Jip sends his crush many hearts via smartphone from his holidays. But what is that thing, love? Together with his sister he is looking for answers in this sun-drenched summer.
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Fien, Jip & Fien

Fien, Jip & Fien
Marie De Hert, Ellen Pollard
Kids DOK 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium
2020
15 minutes
Dutch
subtitles: 
German

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Marie De Hert
Ellen Pollard
Maarten Schmidt
Ellen Pollard

The siblings Fien and Jip are on summer holidays. They sit laughing in a pedal boat, sunbathe giggling on a meadow, and talk about a great unknown: love. For Jip is extremely busy sending his crush many hearts via smartphone. But who can provide information about this exciting feeling? Fien thinks: “Love is like ice cream with chocolate sprinkles on top.”

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Family Ties
Love/Without Love
Re-Visions 2020
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Machini Frank Mukunday, Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala
In the Congo, the people and the environment are suffering from the consequences of cobalt and lithium mining. How do those live who work in the dirt to provide our “clean” energy?
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Machini

Machini
Frank Mukunday, Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala
Re-Visions 2020
Animated Film
DR Congo,
Belgium
2019
10 minutes
French
subtitles: 
English

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Frank Mukunday
Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala
Ellen Meiresonne
Rosa Spaliviero
Maïlis Fourie
Frank Mukunday
Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala
Frank Mukunday
Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala
Frank Mukunday
Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala
Frank Mukunday
Caroline Nugues-Bourchat
David Douglas Masamuna
Francesco Nchikala

Electromobility is a great promise of the future. The Democratic Republic of the Congo with its vast cobalt and lithium deposits supplies two of the essential building blocks for the necessary batteries. “Machini” focuses on the lives of those who bear the brunt of the exploitation of such dirty raw materials for our “clean” energy.

Ralph Eue
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Intervening Nature
State of the World
Kids DOK 2020
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My Family Is a Circus Nina Landau
Once again Romy must say goodbye to her school class. She travels with her family to the next performance, dreaming of her own circus tent, but also of a reunion.
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My Family Is a Circus

Circus zonder tent
Nina Landau
Kids DOK 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium
2020
15 minutes
Dutch
subtitles: 
English

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Nina Landau
Bram Crols
Mark Daems
Jamie MacLean
Kwinten Gernay
Johan Hoogewijs

Once again ten-year-old Romy must say goodbye to her school class to travel through Europe with her family. She pitches in at home because circus life makes children grow up quickly. This film lets us share in her everyday life and the passion for the grand performance. It talks about her longing for the familiar, but also the freedom of being on the road.

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Family Ties
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Play Me, I’m Yours

Play Me, I’m Yours
Julia Palmieri Mattison
International Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium
2020
14 minutes
French
subtitles: 
English

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Julia Palmieri Mattison
Julia Palmieri Mattison
Julia Palmieri Mattison
Julia Palmieri Mattison
Julia Palmieri Mattison
Justine Mackenzie Peers
Louise Nurry
Louise Nurry

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A cinematic family constellation in which the audience is guided through a seemingly random conglomeration of private photos, video recordings, notes, thoughts, sounds and texts. Narrative strands crystallise, only to be discarded, taken up again and finally left standing in their ambiguity. A film about the big questions of life, love, family, relationships, death and good food. No more, and certainly no less.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann
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Small Worlds, Big People
Family Ties
Love/Without Love
Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
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Re-Visions 2020
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Stepping Out of the Bath Florence Henrard
Mom, dad and their little daughter in a playlet set between kitchen and bathtub: an ordinary family rehearses after-work emergencies in an ingeniously sketched chamber play.
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Stepping Out of the Bath

Sortie de bain
Florence Henrard
Re-Visions 2020
Animated Film
Belgium
1994
4 minutes
French
subtitles: 
None

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Florence Henrard
L’École nationale supérieure des arts visuels de La Cambre (ENSAV)
Florence Henrard
Florence Henrard
Huguette Van Volsem

An ingeniously sketched chamber play about the nerve-racking hour before dinner: mother peels vegetables while father is trying to convince their little daughter to take a bath. The protagonists are pretty caricatures of their respective natures, even more so of the roles imposed upon them. An ordinary family – bound together for little good and much evil.

Ralph Eue
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Family Ties
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To Feather, to Wither

To Feather, to Wither
Hanna Hovitie
International Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium,
Finland,
Hungary,
Portugal
2020
20 minutes
English captions
subtitles: 
None

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Hanna Hovitie
Hanna Hovitie
Daniel Donato
Patricia D'Intino
Daniel Donato
Hanna Hovitie
Hanna Hovitie
Bence Kovács-Vajda
Bence Kovács-Vajda

A young taxidermist is fascinated by crows, paying considerate attention to their dead bodies. Her work on the birds is simultaneously a careful study of anatomical connections and a kind of service toward the resurrection of this mythical creature from the realm between life and death. Through detailed, pulsating black-and-white images and a sparingly intense soundtrack, a charged atmosphere unfolds between craftsmanship, imagination and poetry.

Ralph Eue
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Intervening Nature
Small Worlds, Big People
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Homage Annik Leroy 2020
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To the Sea Annik Leroy
On the Danube, the European river par excellence, this poetic-meditative inventory of a cultural space is created, revealing conflicts, but also utopian potentials.
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To the Sea

Vers la mer
Annik Leroy
Homage Annik Leroy 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium
1999
87 minutes
German,
Slovak,
Hungarian,
Bulgarian,
Romanian
subtitles: 
English

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Annik Leroy
Anne Deligne
Daniel De Valck
Cobra Films
RTBF Liège (Carré Noir)
Centre de l'Audiovisuel à Bruxelles (CBA)
Marie Vermeiren
Annik Leroy
Annik Leroy
Marie Vermeiren
Eva Houdova
Annik Leroy
Marie Vermeiren

Inspired by the course of the Danube, the European river par excellence, this film drifts from the source to the delta, from the forest of origins to the sea of arrival, both black by name. The water keeps flowing, seasons pass, borders move past and languages change. The images and sounds are the results of a poetic and meditative work which abandons itself to the river’s speed and rhythm. Via encounters and reports, dialects and philosophies, people and landscapes, the grand narrative of a fragmented, torn Europe emerges. But it’s here precisely, along the Danube, that this continent is also marked by the wealth of intertwined cultures.

Ralph Eue
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Small Worlds, Big People
Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Homage Annik Leroy 2020
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Tremor – Es ist immer Krieg Annik Leroy
An essay, a haunting, a cinematic reflection on Europe. The time: now. The places: impossible to localize precisely. Offscreen voices accompany Leroy’s sensory journey.
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Tremor – Es ist immer Krieg

Tremor – Es ist immer Krieg
Annik Leroy
Homage Annik Leroy 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium
2017
92 minutes
German,
Italian,
Dutch,
Icelandic,
French
subtitles: 
English

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Annik Leroy
Cobra Films
Auguste Orts
Annik Leroy
Julie Morel
Annik Leroy
Julie Morel
Annik Leroy
Julie Morel

An added title like a lead weight. Four words from Ingeborg Bachmann’s novel “Malina” set the tone: “There is always war.” Who could ever accept this?! And who hasn’t long since come to terms with it?! “Tremor” is a harsh film in vibrating black-and-white images and a choir of voices from offscreen, as compelling as it is implacable. This continuing meditation on great brutalities, small impositions and omnipresent conflicts takes us to task. But it releases us not into short-lived outrage but into lasting rage. At the end an Afropop song by Jupiter & Okwess International: a song about crying and suffering – and fighting.

Ralph Eue
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State of the World