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AIVA

Animated Film
Germany
2020
13 minutes

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Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Nadia D’Alò
Benedikt Frey
Vivienne Pettitt
Meet AIVA. She is in her mid-thirties, young and beautiful. Not only that, but she is also unbelievably creative. The cis-male constructed female AI artist has the task to contribute to more diversity in the art world and to show a female perspective on things.
AIVA is studying the male nude, getting ready for preliminary sketches for her next masterpiece. She is preparing the final painting, which will be exhibited at her upcoming show. Exploring different postures in nude painting, she is examining masculinity in its diverse forms and shapes.
Using the format of a TV-report, the film introduces us to the female AI artist AIVA. The viewer has the extraordinary opportunity to take a look inside her studio and to observe her working process. The report ends with the opening of AIVA’s solo exhibition. She is surrounded by her gallerist and the engineering team that created her. The works of the first female AI artist have all been sold, bringing in over 1.2 million dollars for her creator. What an incredible success?
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

Documentary Film
Germany
2020
20 minutes

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Nina Fischer
Maroan el Sani
Nina Fischer
Maroan el Sani
Edith Russ Haus for Media Art
Hannes Hoelzl
Nina Fischer
Britt Tully
Christoph Bach
Moritz Hossli
Jochen Jezussek
Nina Fischer
Bruno Gola
Maroan el Sani
Kathrin Hunze
Maroan el Sani
Nina Fischer
Matthias Biber
Nina Fischer
Appropriation Takes You on a Weird Ride investigates the strange German enthusiasm for Native Americans in relation to contemporary racism and its deep colonial roots. This fascination, especially with regard to the construction of a German identity, has a frightening, rather than impressive, chronology: It begins with the first-century Germanic Cherusci chieftain Arminius and stretches to the adventure novels of Karl May and the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Shows in the 1800s, through the ethnographic exhibitions (Völkerschauen) in zoos and circuses and the founding of “Indian clubs” at the turn of the twentieth century, onward to the appropriation of Indigenous identities by Nazi ideologists, up until the present day, when new rightwing groups have developed an unsettling identification with the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas.
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Dark Matter

Documentary Film
Germany,
Russia
2020
19 minutes

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Viktor Brim
Viktor Brim
Viktor Brim
David Schittek
Viktor Brim
Danila Lipatov
A trace of regularly ordered mounds of earth. In the twilight, a dump truck is being loaded. A thick veil of mist hangs over the tops of the trees. Dark earth is excavated, loaded, and transported off the scenery. In Dark Matter, via the situative arrangement of different picture elements, a visual friction surface is created, which is shaped by the figurations of a post-apocalyptic landscape. The images are determined by the processes of extracting raw materials. Without the mineral resources from the numerous diamond and gold mines in the so-called Russian Federation subject Yakutia, the Soviet Union would never have been able to exist until the 1990s. Technology and ideology go hand in hand and leave their mark. Military and economic efforts to secure power are inscribed in this landscape. The extraction of raw materials and the exploitation of nature show their planned economic and geopolitical consequences, which make up the character of the “subjects of the Federation”. Their designation as “subjects” was introduced in the USSR in order to equip and administer different categories of territorial units with different degrees of autonomy.
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

Animated Film
Germany
2020
5 minutes

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Frédéric Schuld
Fabian Driehorst
Daniela Conrad
FFHSH
Fabian Driehorst
Fabian Driehorst
Frédéric Schuld
Fabian Driehorst
Rebecca Blöcher
Alba Dragonetti
Frédéric Schuld
Frédéric Schuld
Alex Müller-Welt
Frédéric Schuld
Henry Holland
Joschua Zühlke
A chimney sweeper describes his everyday routine of forcing young kids to become workers. While we observe a kid cleaning a chimney, the master’s statement gets more and more personal with each sentence until it becomes clear that he is speaking about his own past. Being locked in a vicious circle, there seems to be no exit.
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

Animated Film
Germany
2020
5 minutes

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Anne Isensee
Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Lorena Junghans
Cristina Marx
Cristina Marx
Anne Isensee
Anne Isensee
Anne Isensee
Jonathan Hamann
Irma Heinig
Franziska May
Anne Isensee
Arun Leander Boudodimos
This film begins with a long title and then moves swiftly to search for a good ending. A lot in between seems familiar. And yet it takes the world and its inhabitants quite seriously – in a humorous manner. An animated “Lehrstück” in black and white.
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Elefantin

Documentary Film
Germany
2020
29 minutes

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

Based on the biography of “maladjusted elephant Bibi”, a wild-caught elephant from Zimbabwe who was imported to the Zoo of East Berlin in 1989, the film questions our colonialism-influenced thinking in dealing with the “foreign”.
An essayistic search that blends the story of an animal body with reflections on the social body.

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Erwin

Documentary Film
Austria,
Germany
2020
16 minutes

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Jan Soldat
Jan Soldat
Gerald Weber
Dietmar Schwärzler
Gerald Weber
Jan Soldat
Jan Soldat
Like many of Soldat’s films, Erwin takes sexual routine as its point of departure. Desire is not on display or interpreted, but instead captured as integral to common and insufficiently documented forms of lifestyle and relationship. These forms of relationship include the filmic encounter between the filmmaker and the subject he is portraying: restrictive biographical formulas are avoided through the combination of Soldat's friendly, direct questions and Erwin’s concentrated willingness to provide information and pleasure performing for the camera. Erwin’s staging of himself as a “horny pig” tugging on his nipple clamps, his sexual fantasies involving his own father, the hardships of typical gay life in rural Austria as of the 1970s, territorial and social isolation inside a shuttered mobile home with a laptop serving as the only window – each piece coexists equally in the film, without one telling more about Erwin than the other. By the time a naked ass bids us farewell, Erwin has already made clear that here exposure serves the aim of self-determination and making contact. (Joachim Schätz)
German Competition Short Film 2020
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Haeberli Moritz Mueller-Preisser
A portrait of a happy cynic and lateral thinker who has persevered for years in a legal dispute over his dilapidated house with authorities in the luxury spa town of St. Moritz.
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Haeberli

Documentary Film
Germany
2019
29 minutes

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Moritz Mueller-Preisser
Elena Erbenich
Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München
Moritz Mueller-Preisser
Moritz Mueller-Preisser
Holger Jungnickel
Moritz Mueller-Preisser
Hauke von Stietencron
Michael Urs Heber
David Preute
Sebastian Fillenberg
Adolf Haeberli has not tidied up since his mother’s death. He likes order but it is more important to concentrate on what really matters – every day he writes countless letters on his clattering typewriter amongst mountains of newsprint. He wages battle with his community’s politbureau, it is all about his damaged house in the middle of posh St. Moritz. A portrait of one man’s right to self-will in his own town, his own house – and his very own head.
German Competition Short Film 2020
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Operation Moonbird Dustin Lose
A gloomy filmic contribution to sea rescue and a concentrated revelation of the mechanisms of systematic flight prevention in the Mediterranean and the people responsible for it.
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Operation Moonbird

Documentary Film
Germany
2020
22 minutes

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Dustin Lose
Dustin Lose
Dustin Lose
Dustin Lose
Dustin Lose
Dustin Lose
Dustin Lose
Mladjan Matavulj
A person swims in the open sea for his life. A crew member of a civil reconnaissance aircraft calls on the captain of a European merchant vessel, to initiate rescue measures. The captain starts the engines and drives away from person. The so-called Libyan Coast Guard tries to intercept the swimming person. Further persons jump from an overcrowded rubber boat to avoid an illegal pushback to the civil war country Libya. This film is not about the alleged “refugee problem”, but about the problem called Fortress Europe.
 
German Competition Short Film 2020
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Verwundene Fäden Deborah Jeromin
This cinematic search for traces takes us from silkworm breeding in a Leipzig allotment garden to the island of Crete. Idyll and war begin to converge – historical, scenic, complex, surprising.
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Verwundene Fäden

Documentary Film
Germany
2020
40 minutes

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Deborah Jeromin
Deborah Jeromin
Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen
Stiftung Maecenia
Myrsini Artakianou
Deborah Jeromin
Artemissia Anastassopolou
Eleni Papadaki
Zambia Tzanakaki
Vasso Athanassaki
Eleni Tzivaki
Katja Adamy
Frank Holbein
Pedro de Sousa Pereira
Deborah Jeromin
Sofia Hernández
Deborah Jeromin
Deborah Jeromin
Mulberry hedges can still be found in a garden allotment in Leipzig today. They were planted for the silk production of the Nazis in the late 1930s. An educational film about silk culture was also produced in Leipzig at the same time.
The film Riven Threads follows the traces from the garden allotment and the determination of the silkworms to the touristic island of Crete. In May 1941, within one week only, 10.000 paratroopers jumped onto the barren island, where planes were rarely even flying before. Cretan women who survived the German invasion recall their memories of the Battle of Crete and the terrors of the German occupation. They cut the silken parachutes and recycled them as handkerchiefs and dresses. The handcraft processes are time units that are inscribed into their bodies and that have structured their memories.
The artistic documentary Riven Threads follows the story of parachute silk – from the national socialist silk production as a propaganda programme to the Battle of Crete in 1941, where parachutes were later reused by handcrafting women to make handkerchiefs.