Film Archive

Jahr

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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Witty
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

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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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Intervening Nature
Redistribution and Having a Say
Family Ties
Rural vs. Urban
Small Worlds, Big People
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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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Sense and Being
Rural vs. Urban
State of the World
Redistribution and Having a Say
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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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Redistribution and Having a Say
State of the World
Witty
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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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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Redistribution and Having a Say
State of the World
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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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Intervening Nature
State of the World
Redistribution and Having a Say
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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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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
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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
Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Intervening Nature
State of the World
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Kids DOK 2020
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Der Besuch Alexandra Schatz
When a paper plane flutters into Elise’s home one day, she gets an unexpected visit from Emil. Now everything is different. And actually much nicer.
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Der Besuch

Der Besuch
Alexandra Schatz
Kids DOK 2020
Animated Film
Germany
2019
4 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Alexandra Schatz
Alexandra Schatz
Wolfram Späth
Sonja Schneider
Tobias Becker
Sibylle Brunner

Elise is a timid woman. She’s even afraid of trees. When one day a paper plane sails through her window, she’s so agitated that she hardly sleeps a wink that night. The next morning Emil, a boy in a baseball cap, knocks on her door. He’s looking for his plane and also needs to go to the loo. Suddenly Elise’s life changes in a wonderful way.

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Small Worlds, Big People
Extended Reality: DOK Neuland 2020
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Der Dröhner Karl Russell
Complete darkness, sensory overload is turned off. Sound takes over the lead and makes stories emerge. They play exclusively in our own heads.
2020
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Der Dröhner

Der Dröhner
Karl Russell
Extended Reality 2020
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Germany
2020
7 minutes
without dialogue

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Karl Russell

Complete darkness. Our concentration turns to the spherical sounds around us. Basses wander through our body, triggering images, emotions. The sensory overload which usually has us so firmly in its grip is turned off. Sound – improvised and modulated interactively – takes the lead. Stories emerge. And all this exclusively in our own heads.

Lars Rummel
German Competition Short Film 2020
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Der Schornsteinsegler Frédéric Schuld
England, mid-19th century: children keep the flow of air going in narrow, sooty chimney flues. The report of a chimney sweep of the time is brought to life by pencil drawings.
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Der Schornsteinsegler

Der Schornsteinsegler
Frédéric Schuld
German Competition Short Film 2020
Animated Film
Germany
2020
5 minutes
English
subtitles: 
German

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Frédéric Schuld
Fabian Driehorst
Daniela Conrad
FFHSH
Frédéric Schuld
Fabian Driehorst
Rebecca Blöcher
Alba Dragonetti
Frédéric Schuld
Frédéric Schuld
Alex Müller-Welt
Frédéric Schuld
Henry Holland
Joschua Zühlke

In the mid-19th century, a massive fireplace was the centrepiece of every stately home in England. Children are agile enough to keep the flow of air going in the narrow and dark flues. Their young skin is scraped raw by the sooty stone walls. Their fear of falling is as strong as their fear of the master’s punishment. Black-brown-red cross hatching and unusual camera perspectives bring to life the report of a chimney sweep of the time.

André Eckardt
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Redistribution and Having a Say
Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
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German Competition 2020
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Die Wächterin Martina Priessner
A Syrian Orthodox nun lives in an abandoned estate in south-eastern Turkey. Despite hostilities from the Muslim neighbourhood: she won’t be driven out.
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Die Wächterin

Die Wächterin
Martina Priessner
German Competition 2020
Documentary Film
Germany
2020
87 minutes
Turkish,
Kurdish,
Turoyo
subtitles: 
German

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Martina Priessner
Gregor Streiber
Friedemann Hottenbacher
Martina Priessner
Meryem Yavuz
Martina Priessner
Özlem Sarıyıldız
Robert F. Kellner

In a dilapidated village in south-eastern Turkey, a Syrian Orthodox nun endures alone with her animals. However strong the hostility of her predominantly Muslim neighbourhood may be: she won’t be driven out, for she has sworn to protect the church and not to leave the sacred place. This quietly filmed observation of everyday life focuses on an isolated woman who carries the pain of a whole community inside her.

The population of the village was tortured and driven away in the 1990s. The nun Dayrayto came here only afterwards. Today she rarely receives visits from passing believers. She usually spends her days doing maintenance work on the church and taking care of the animals. Right now she is worried about her old dog. Has he been poisoned? What to make of the provocations and threats she talks about? Dayrayto is always vigilant, even when she’s resting. From her elevated dwelling she looks far across the landscape, registering every vehicle, however distant. But she is in no way distracted by the presence of the film crew. The unobtrusive camera follows the nun – not at every turn, but as a constant, protective companion as she endures on her “bastion”. Loneliness, worries and fear shape this sparse life. They made her suspicious, but also fearless.
Annina Wettstein
Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, DEFA Sponsoring Prize, VER.DI Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness
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Sense and Being
Small Worlds, Big People
Redistribution and Having a Say
Rural vs. Urban
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German Competition Short Film 2020
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Dieser Film heißt aus rechtlichen Gründen Breaking Bert Anne Isensee
Most accidents happen at home. Thus the appeal to one’s personal political responsibility comes as a surprise. Randomly reading a Brecht text inspires to take action.
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Dieser Film heißt aus rechtlichen Gründen Breaking Bert

Dieser Film heißt aus rechtlichen Gründen Breaking Bert
Anne Isensee
German Competition Short Film 2020
Animated Film
Germany
2020
5 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Anne Isensee
Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Lorena Junghans
Anne Isensee
Anne Isensee
Anne Isensee
Jonathan Hamann
Irma Heinig
Franziska May
Anne Isensee
Arun Leander Boudodimos

Most accidents happen at home. Thus a likeable, jazz-loving drawn figure is unprepared for an appeal to his own political responsibility. A random Brecht reading spurs her to do something – at the very least so as not to end up on the wrong track or wrong side of things. Pointed, tidy, and full of humour and affection for human dithering, Anne Isensee questions the illusion of a permanent contradiction in reality.

André Eckardt
Nominated for Gedanken Aufschluss Prize, mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Witty
Small Worlds, Big People
Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
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Eine einsame Stadt

Eine einsame Stadt
Nicola Graef
Competition for the Audience Award 2020
Documentary Film
Germany
2019
90 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Nicola Graef
Susanne Brand
Nicola Graef
ARTE Deutschland TV GmbH
SWR Südwestrundfunk
Gudrun Hanke-El Ghomri
Catherine Le Goff
Simon Hückstädt
George Kochbeck
Matthias Kreitschmann
Carsten Kramer
Luc Brocker
Alexey Fedorov
Oliver Drüppel
Zora Butzke
Kai Minierski
Alexander Rott
Philip Koepsell

Loneliness has many faces in Berlin. Young and old are afflicted by it, men, women, single and married people. It’s normal. Nonetheless there’s a stigma attached to this mixture of emotions that makes sufferers stay silent. Director Nicola Graef tries a different approach in her film: She lets the lonely inhabitants of the capital city speak, listens. The result is varied and quite often surprising.

Berlin is a city for extroverts, Tessa thinks. The young woman’s mind, however, is on the opposite site. The consequence is loneliness and that “is quite draining”, she says. 85-year-old Efraim, a photographer and flaneur, has found a confident way to deal with those nagging feelings: He’s “not the type for marriage” anyway. Artist Thomas, on the other hand, suffers from the end of a long-term love affair and wonders whether “the icing sugar is all kissed away by the age of 50”, but also says: “There is a market for everything, even for broken cars.” Poised and affectionate, we move through the expanses of the city in Graef’s film, where stories sprout like weeds between the cobblestones. From the corner pub to the artist’s studio, from the parks to the sports club and, time and again, into the silent flats – she encounters her witnesses to emptiness everywhere. Their reports are moving, but they never make us feel hopeless.
Carolin Weidner
Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, Gedanken Aufschluss Prize
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Sense and Being
Love/Without Love
Small Worlds, Big People
State of the World
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Elefantin

Elefantin
Marie Zrenner, Johanna Seggelke
German Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
Germany
2020
29 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Marie Zrenner
Johanna Seggelke
Daniel Kunz
Kerstin Zachau
Oliver Buchalik
Melanie Jilg

The biography of the female elephant Bibi, who is considered to display abnormal behaviour, is marked by misfortunes: Born in Zimbabwe in 1985. Lost her mother shortly after birth. Imported by the East Berlin zoo in 1989. Deported to the Halle zoo in 2008. On the basis of an empathic reappraisal of these traumatic events the film reflects on the significance of social issues and how to deal with exclusion today: a therapy by proxy on film that will hopefully have a long-distance healing effect on Bibi.

Annina Wettstein
Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award, Gedanken Aufschluss Prize
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Redistribution and Having a Say
Intervening Nature
Regional
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