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Re-Visions 2020
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100 Jahre Kino Heinrich Sabl
A short and entertaining foray through 100 years of international cinema history: an animated man takes a walk that leads us from the magic cylinder into legendary film scenes.
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100 Jahre Kino

100 Jahre Kino
Heinrich Sabl
Re-Visions 2020
Animated Film
Germany
1994
3 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Heinrich Sabl
Heinrich Sabl
Hans Moser
Heinrich Sabl
Sven Pannicke

Cinema turned 100. With his homage Heinrich Sabl went one short step further back into the prehistory of cinematography for a run-up. Individual images are set in motion in a praxinoscope, invented by Émile Reynaud in 1877. A pedestrian seizes this illusion as an occasion to walk out of the magic cylinder through scenes from international film history.

Ralph Eue
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75/1

75/1
Till Kleinau
German Competition Short Film 2021
Documentary Film
Germany
2020
27 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Till Kleinau
Friederike Dörffler
Katja Tauber
Christophe Poulles
Friederike Dörffler
Maximilian Rodegra

“Boo” – the name is as unusual as the sound is special. The avant-garde composer Harry Partch invented instruments for micro-sounds and completely new musical experiences. The musician and instrument maker Thomas Meixner dedicated two years of his life, marked by family and health losses, to rebuilding 75 of these sound-generators for a concert tour. The film portrays a monomaniac who fiercely avoids social life but with great sensitivity makes material sing.

André Eckardt
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Small Worlds, Big People
German Competition 2020
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80.000 Schnitzel Hannah Schweier
Monika has a new dream: She fights tirelessly to preserve her grandmother’s ailing inn and farm. A family chronicle and a film about life goals.
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80.000 Schnitzel

80.000 Schnitzel
Hannah Schweier
German Competition 2020
Documentary Film
Germany
2020
102 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Hannah Schweier
Stefan Sporbert
Stefanie Reinhard
Romy Steyer
Johannes Kunz
Ella Zwietnig
Hannah Schweier

Grandma Berta’s beloved “Zollhaus” is on the verge of ruin. She has dedicated her whole life to this inn and farm. Now her granddaughter Monika, the filmmaker’s sister, is to take over the heavily indebted family farm in the Upper Palatinate. What makes Monika decide to give up her previous plans and move to the countryside to live with her grandmother? The director decides to follow her sister for one year during this apparent labour of Sisyphus.

Monika puts all her energy into the ailing farm and is constantly confronted with its history: Grandma Berta’s schnitzel was legendary. But only the jukebox is left of the merry evenings in a packed inn. Berta had to bury her husband, two of her sons and a grandson. She is not a woman of tender words and unsparingly direct, which soon leads to conflict. The director at first watches her indefatigable sister in stunned disbelief. But gradually she understands that Monika has found a new dream in the “Zollhaus”. This enables her to offer an intimate insight into the chronicle of a family. The film confronts us with the universal question when it is the right time to live one’s dreams and how quickly this time may pass.
Annina Wettstein
Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, DEFA Sponsoring Prize, VER.DI Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness, Gedanken Aufschluss Prize
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Natur in Bearbeitung
Umverteilen und Mitreden
Family Ties
Rural vs. Urban
Small Worlds, Big People
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98 kg

98 kg
Izabela Plucińska
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2021
Animated Film
Poland,
Germany
2021
5 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Izabela Plucińska
Paulina Ratajczak
Izabela Plucińska
Maciej Reguła
Izabela Plucińska
Daniela Kinateder
Andrea Martignoni
Andrea Martignoni

The cycle of domestic violence: tension, escalation, remorse, and then all over again. The woman in Izabela Plucińska’s film shares the fate of many sufferers: She can’t manage to break out. The metaphorical dumbbells she would have to lift to do it weigh 98 kilograms – like the man who does this to her. All she can do is dissolve, disappear and breathe silently into her individual parts. The animations keep erasing themselves, but painful marks are left behind.

Kim Busch
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Love/Without Love
Family Ties
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A Black Jesus

A Black Jesus
Luca Lucchesi
Competition for the Audience Award 2020
Documentary Film
Germany
2020
92 minutes
English,
French,
Italian
subtitles: 
English

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Luca Lucchesi
Léa Germain
Wim Wenders
Eric Friedler
Silke Schütze
Christa Auderlitzky
Eric Friedler
Nordmedia
Francesco Vitaliti
Roy Paci
Luca Lucchesi
Luca Lucchesi
Edoardo Morabito
Hella Wenders
Luca Lucchesi

In Siculiana, a small Sicilian town full of flaking facades, religiosity is lived out as a matter of course. And of course the figure of Jesus Christ worshipped here is black, and always has been. However, some people cannot get used to their dark-skinned neighbours in the refugee camp. The camera accompanies locals and stranded people along their paths, which often lead to the church, but not necessarily together, and draws a kind of map of the city in black-on-black contrasts.

It’s become quiet in Siculiana, a local says. He’s not referring to the loud demonstrations against the Villa Sikania, now converted into a refugee reception camp. And certainly not to the colourful flurry of activity that grips the city every year as the faithful prepare for the feast of the Finding of the Cross. That’s when they hang up the “Benvenuti” sign. But who exactly is welcomed here? The pomp and circumstance of the festivities are at the centre of this filmic portrait of a community in which the alleged common ground is disintegrating into voice and skin tones: between the black people from abroad and the black man on the cross who – according to an elderly lady – was forced to “darken” himself in order to incorporate human sins. Between an aging city stylised to the point of becoming scenery and God’s newly arrived children who promise a future and who could bring new life into the alleys.
Sylvia Görke
Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize
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Sinn und Sein
Rural vs. Urban
Zustand der Welt
Umverteilen und Mitreden
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A Million

A Million
Arata Mori
Camera Lucida – Out of Competition 2021
Documentary Film
Japan,
Germany
2021
65 minutes
Japanese
subtitles: 
English

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Arata Mori
Arata Mori
Andreas Hartmann
Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
Arata Mori
Arata Mori
Philippe Ciompi
Yu Miyashita

The account of a journey through an imaginary city, filmed along China’s new trade routes. Like the fictionalized Marco Polo from Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities”, the traveller in this film talks of worlds that resemble familiar places but follow their own, sometimes seemingly incredible rules. The observations condense into a meditation about the nature of cities and the transformation of the concept of globalization.

The foreign visitor’s voice sounds muffled, as if it were coming out of the cave whose interior views open the film. Time and again, the eye returns there – but the fluorescent rock faces soon turn into the sparkle of distant galaxies, the narrow confines of the cave indistinguishable from the vastness of space. It is a symbol of the decoupling of sign and meaning, of “real” and “false”, of sensual impressions and their positive geographical allocation that pervades the film: Daft Punk perform in front of a Chinese shopping mall; the Eiffel Tower stands first in a housing estate, then, folded up to a fraction of its size, in view of Big Ben and Tower Bridge.
Felix Mende
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Rural vs. Urban
Sense and Being
German Competition 2021
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A Sound of My Own Rebecca Zehr
A visually and aurally outstanding film about the musician Marja Burchard, leader of the legendary band “Embryo”. An ode to hearing, experimentation and inspiration.
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A Sound of My Own

A Sound of My Own
Rebecca Zehr
German Competition 2021
Documentary Film
Germany
2021
52 minutes
English,
German
subtitles: 
English

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Rebecca Zehr
Rebecca Zehr
Katharina Rabl
University of Television and Film Munich (HFF)
Tina Janker
Melanie Jilg
Felix Press
Rebecca Zehr
Marja Burchard

She first appeared on stage at the age of eleven with the legendary Krautrock band “Embryo”. Her father, Christian Burchard, founded the band in 1969 and led it until 2016. Today – in her mid-thirties – Marja Burchard is the bandleader in this project, which has become a kind of family for her. But what seems so simple and organic is far from self-evident in an extremely male-dominated sphere, as Rebecca Zehr shows in her precisely observed and designed film.

This strictly and yet lightly composed melange mixes archival footage, psychedelic animation sequences and everyday observations of the normal life of a female musician between organisation and inspiration. With the visual level restricted to black and white and thus deliberately restrained, all the more attention is focused at the sound. The – who wonders? – outstanding score never takes the music for granted but works robustly with our perception. It’s the lucid, calm images and the narrative that is always anchored in the here and now that let this film stay incredibly haptic despite its concentration on our sense of hearing. Rebecca Zehr is not interested in portraying a musical legend, but in showing us what it could look and feel like to not only make music but live in it.
Luc-Carolin Ziemann
Nominated for DEFA Sponsoring Prize, VER.DI Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Family Ties
Kids DOK 2021
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Affendomino Ulf Grenzer
A day at the zoo. An orangutan and a girl have fun fooling around. Until the father’s business dealings trigger a chain of events that changes everything.
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Affendomino

Affendomino
Ulf Grenzer
Kids DOK 2021
Animated Film
Germany
2021
4 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Ulf Grenzer
Ulf Grenzer
Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Beatrice Matis
Doreen Borchert
Ulf Grenzer
Ulf Grenzer
Lena Dickmann
Jana Richtmeyer
Maxi Alker
Franziska Poike
Ephraim Peise
Helene Lorenz
Boris Schwiebert
Ulf Grenzer
Kevin Jahnel
Anna Magdalino
Franka Sachse

A day at the zoo, the orangutan sits in his cage and dreams of his life in the jungle when a girl comes by and brightens his dull afternoon. Her father doesn’t notice anything because he is on his mobile and laptop all the time to do important business. So important that the orangutan has to intervene, and a chain of event changes everything.

Lina Dinkla
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Intervening Nature
Small Worlds, Big People
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AIVA

AIVA
Veneta Androva
German Competition Short Film 2020
Animated Film
Germany
2020
13 minutes
English
subtitles: 
English

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Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Nadia D’Alò
Benedikt Frey
Vivienne Pettitt

AIVA is an artist, animated by algorithms. But above all she is the soberingly limited male tech vision of what more diversity in the arts could look like. In her paintings AIVA prefers the vertical, to some acclaim. A naive and cliché-ridden “art documentary” lets us participate in her work. Precisely observed, with sparse gestures and trenchant wit, Veneta Androva reflects a current status quo in her computer-animated future fiction.

André Eckardt
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Zustand der Welt
Witty
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among us women

Unter uns Frauen
Sarah Noa Bozenhardt, Daniel Abate Tilahun
International Competition 2021
Documentary Film
Germany,
Ethiopia
2021
92 minutes
Amharic,
English
subtitles: 
English

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Sarah Noa Bozenhardt
Daniel Abate Tilahun
Sonja Kilbertus
Hiwot Admasu
Beza Hailu Lemma
Andrea Munoz
Alex Praet
Bernarda Cornejo Pinto
Anna-Marlene Bicking
Sarah Noa Bozenhardt
Ana María Ormaza

In rural Ethiopia the staff of a health centre are fighting maternal mortality. They tirelessly appeal to women to give birth in the clinic. But reservations are strong, and so are the practical obstacles. How are heavily pregnant women supposed to arrive in time when the ambulance comes hours later or not at all? Against medical advice, Hulu Ager decides to give birth at home, assisted by a traditional midwife.

With palpable familiarity, the film crew captures moments of intimate communion between Hulu Ager, the midwives and other women. On the margins of the central conflict, the many challenges they face in a patriarchal society emerge. The debates are most lively under the hood dryer at the hairdresser’s: She doesn’t enjoy sex because of her circumcision, the medical professional Welela reports. “Sometimes you have to prepare yourself for sex,” another customer advises. Sometimes it helps to get drunk. But the perky hairdresser is sure: Bad sex is grounds for divorce. The women share their desires and woes with each other, experience solidarity and gather courage for small and great acts of departure and resistance. Men are relegated to the role of extras, if at all.
Sarina Lacaf
Nominated for DEFA Sponsoring Prize, Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, Prize of the Interreligious Jury, FIPRESCI Prize
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Rural vs. Urban
Family Ties
German Competition Short Film 2020
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Appropriation Takes You on a Weird Ride Nina Fischer, Maroan el Sani
A media-historical interrogation of the German fascination with the colonialist construct of “Red Indians” which leads right up to its instrumentalization by the “New Right”.
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Appropriation Takes You on a Weird Ride

Appropriation Takes You on a Weird Ride
Nina Fischer, Maroan el Sani
German Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
Germany
2020
20 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Nina Fischer
Maroan el Sani
Nina Fischer
Maroan el Sani
Edith Russ Haus for Media Art
Hannes Hoelzl
Britt Tully
Christoph Bach
Moritz Hossli
Jochen Jezussek
Nina Fischer
Bruno Gola
Maroan el Sani
Kathrin Hunze
Maroan el Sani
Nina Fischer
Matthias Biber

Partly rhetorical, partly ironic and partly profound, the film deals with the Germans’ strange, three-hundred-year-old relationship to their stereotypical ideas of America’s native population. This includes the question of how the audience themselves feel about this ominous object of fascination. The backdrop and starting point of a floating journey through the history of various stereotypes are the ruins of the former U.S. embassy in East Berlin, where an exhibition on the subject took place in 1986.

Borjana Gaković
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Poesie und Grenzgänge
Umverteilen und Mitreden
Zustand der Welt
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Kids DOK 2020
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Arshan – Der kleine Sopran Nora Ehrmann, André Hörmann
Arshan is ten years old and dreams of becoming an opera singer. When rehearsals for an opera production start in his town, he anxiously goes to the casting.
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Arshan – Der kleine Sopran

Arshan – Der kleine Sopran
Nora Ehrmann, André Hörmann
Kids DOK 2020
Documentary Film
Germany
2019
25 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Nora Ehrmann
André Hörmann
Heike Kunze
RBB Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg
Fridolin Schöpper
Mikki Willis
Vincent Assmann
Mathias Ludwig

Classical music is great, says ten-year-old Arshan. He lives with his family on a ranch in California, helps to feed the cows and does household chores. But he uses every spare minute to train his voice. Arshan’s big dream is to become an opera singer. When performers for an opera production are sought in town, he anxiously goes to the casting.

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Small Worlds, Big People
Family Ties
German Competition 2020
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Atomkraft Forever Carsten Rau
A visually stunning and at the same time sober reckoning of the zero sum game between climate change and nuclear disaster: no dramatisation at all and yet deeply disturbing.
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Atomkraft Forever

Atomkraft Forever
Carsten Rau
German Competition 2020
Documentary Film
Germany
2020
94 minutes
German,
French
subtitles: 
German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing

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Carsten Rau
Hauke Wendler
Carsten Rau
SWR Südwestrundfunk
NDR Norddeutscher Rundfunk
Georg Gruber
Timo Grosspietsch
Andrzej Krol
Carsten Rau
Stephan Haase
Augusto Castellano
Ketan Bhatti
Vivan Bhatti

This detailed and sober look at the issue of nuclear power begins where Germany is currently standing: with shutting it off. It’s precisely because the film is anything but alarmist that the alarming aspect of the situation becomes clear. The nuclear nightmare is not over; a safe final nuclear waste repository is not in sight. And yet, boosted by the coal phase-out, many people seem to see “clean” nuclear energy as an option again. The terror of climate change trumps the terror of the nuclear worst case scenario. A zero sum game.

Carsten Rau succeeds masterfully in calmly probing the heated controversy. He talks to people who live with and off nuclear power. Engineer, scientist or innkeeper, he very deliberately frames them all with the same mixture of seriousness and nonchalance. The story is told without dramatisation, but with stunningly “beautiful” images that make the fascination with this technology quite comprehensible. When hip French nuclear engineers finally try to join the front line of climate protesters, we realise how false the talk of an “unavoidable option” is and always has been. The portrait of a society emerges that walked into a blind alley with open eyes and is slowly coming to realise that with every step it takes it is moving further away from the exit.
Luc-Carolin Ziemann
Nominated for DEFA Sponsoring Prize, Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, VER.DI Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness, Gedanken Aufschluss Prize, Young Eyes Film Award
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Natur in Bearbeitung
Zustand der Welt
Umverteilen und Mitreden
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Retrospective 2021
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Aufschub Harun Farocki
Material from the Nazi Jewish transit camp Westerbork. Every road from here lead to death, including for the cameraman. Farocki analyzes the silent sequences: surgery on the narrative.
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Aufschub

Aufschub
Harun Farocki
Retrospective 2021
Documentary Film
Germany,
South Korea
2007
40 minutes
German captions
subtitles: 
None

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Harun Farocki
Harun Farocki
Antje Ehmann
Christiane Hitzemann
Lars Pienkoß
Matthias Rajmann
Jan Ralske
Harun Farocki
Rudolf Breslauer
Lars Pienkoß
Harun Farocki

Anyone interned in the Nazi Jewish transit and collection camp Westerbork in the occupied Netherlands faced death: The trains left to Auschwitz from here, to Sobibór. In 1944, the camp commander ordered the prisoner and cameraman Rudolf Breslauer, who was murdered shortly afterwards, to film the camp, presumably as visual evidence of his own “work performance”. Harun Farocki, West German doyen of essayistic image criticism, used the surviving silent material to compose an equally silent sequence analysis commented only in title cards. It is surgery on the hidden narrative, not open heart surgery.

Sylvia Görke
Animation Perspectives 2020
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Collection AR Face Filters Aaron Jablonski
Confusing swarm of echoes or spiky punk – immaterial masks, hovering between fashion and art, conceal as much as they reveal about their wearers.
2020
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Collection AR Face Filters

Collection AR Face Filters
Aaron Jablonski
Animation Perspectives 2020
Animated Film
Germany
2020
1 minute
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Aaron Jablonski
Aaron Jablonski
Aaron Jablonski

Painting, virtual sculptures, technophile hybrids of reality and illusion – Aaron Jablonski has been creating mobile face filters for social media channels since 2018. Sometimes they form a confusing swarm of echoes around a head, sometimes they come as spiky digital punk. His immaterial masks, hovering between fashion and art, conceal as much as they reveal about their wearers.

André Eckardt
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Poesie und Grenzgänge
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Dark Matter

Dark Matter
Viktor Brim
German Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
Germany,
Russia
2020
19 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Viktor Brim
Viktor Brim
David Schittek
Viktor Brim
Danila Lipatov

Quiet, dark shots of nocturnal fog, of a mine, a dump truck or a wreck, of huge earth craters and new surface contours created by excavation. Raw material extraction, economisation and exploitation of nature are the themes of this visual study. It’s accompanied by an unobtrusive, but threatening and assertive sound that underlines the mystic quality of the images. Post-industrial landscapes become post-apocalyptic.

Borjana Gaković
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Rural vs. Urban
Poesie und Grenzgänge
Natur in Bearbeitung
Zustand der Welt
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