Film Archive

Jahr

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
Retrospective 2021
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Das leere Haus Miriam Pfeiffer
After reunification the Israelite Religious Community Leipzig grows – and needs room. But their new residence remains empty for the time being: neighbouring land owners sue.
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Das leere Haus

Das leere Haus
Miriam Pfeiffer
Retrospective 2021
Documentary Film
Germany
2004
30 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Miriam Pfeiffer
Schulmuseum Leipzig
Miriam Pfeiffer
Alexandra Czok
Anja Hempel
Gert Blumhagen
Maurice Hünsni
Chor der Israelitischen Religionsgemeinschaft zu Leipzig

After reunification, immigration made the Israelite Religious Community of Leipzig grow to considerable size, too big for its old rooms. The Ariowitsch House, built in the 1920s as an Israelite old people’s home, is to become the home of a generously dimensioned cultural and community centre – and at the same time commemorate the residents of the home who were deported to Theresienstadt in 1942. But the start of the development is delayed: neighbouring land owners file a lawsuit. Miriam Pfeiffer intervenes in the ongoing public debate, asking citizens of the city about their suspicions concerning reasons of the refusal that the competent court may not be aware of.

Sylvia Görke
Retrospective 2021
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Der Weg, den wir nicht zusammen gehen Dominik Graf
Dominik Graf contributed a reflection on West German post-1945 urban architecture to the anthology film “Germany 09”: improvisations decoratively arranged after 1990.
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Der Weg, den wir nicht zusammen gehen

Der Weg, den wir nicht zusammen gehen
Dominik Graf
Retrospective 2021
Documentary Film
Germany
2009
13 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Dominik Graf
Dirk Wilutzky
Tom Tykwer
Dominik Graf
Martin Gressmann
Katja Dringenberg
Andreas Mücke-Niesytka

The project “Germany 09” brought the upper league of German auteur filmmakers together to take stock of the Berlin Republic in individual film contributions. Dominik Graf contributed to this collage of the German image a reflection about post-1945 urban architecture shot on old Super8 stock: provisional, slipshod ensembles of pretty-ugly public buildings, fenced-in urban wasteland, draughty storefronts and uninhabited housing blocks in Munich, Duisburg, Frankfurt am Main, West Berlin, all of them testimonies to an unplanned through traffic for social and migrant milieus. A thorn in the side of the reunited mania for cleaning up, renovating and decorating.

Sylvia Görke
Retrospective 2021
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Theresienstadt. Ein Dokumentarfilm aus dem jüdischen Siedlungsgebiet Kurt Gerron, Karel Pečený
Nazi propaganda surviving in fragments, staging the camp as a retirement home for Jewish “resettlers”. The prisoner and conscripted co-director Kurt Gerron died in the gas chamber.
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Theresienstadt. Ein Dokumentarfilm aus dem jüdischen Siedlungsgebiet

Theresienstadt. Ein Dokumentarfilm aus dem jüdischen Siedlungsgebiet
Kurt Gerron, Karel Pečený
Retrospective 2021
Documentary Film
Germany
1944
17 minutes
German
subtitles: 
None

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Kurt Gerron
Karel Pečený
Karel Pečený
Kurt Gerron
Ivan Fric
Čeněk Zahradníček
Josef Cepelak
Karel Pečený
Ivan Fric
Jaroslav Sechura
Josef Francek

A Nazi propaganda film that survived only in fragments and never got to “test” its effect. It took intensive research to identify the scattered remains, correct the title in circulation, “Der Führer schenkt den Juden eine Stadt” (The Führer Gives a City to the Jews), and clarify who was able to see the roughly 90-minute attempted defraud at all before it disappeared. The intended international audience was no longer within reach in 1944/1945. But would they have been convinced by the retirement home for “resettled” Jews staged here? Kurt Gerron, film and theatre celebrity, interned in the Ghetto and conscripted as co-director, was deported to Auschwitz and gassed as late as 1944.

Sylvia Görke