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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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Deep in Time’s Crevasse

Au fond de la crevasse des temps
Romulus Balazs
International Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
France
2020
29 minutes
French,
Romanian
subtitles: 
English

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Romulus Balazs
Romulus Balazs

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How can we visualise the past without perceiving it too much as a historical fact? This film uses a clever combination of archival material and oral history to bring memories of a transgenerative trauma and the associated pain to the surface. What seems to be the past becomes visible in countless points of contact with the present. It’s a simple, touching treatment of the incomprehensible consequences of a historical crime.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann
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State of the World
Redistribution and Having a Say
Sense and Being
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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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For Real Maria Claudia Blanco
Mady and Merouane live in the same neighbourhood and spend most of their time together. They are best friends. The stupid talk of the others won’t change this.
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For Real

Pour de vrai
Maria Claudia Blanco
Kids DOK 2020
Documentary Film
France
2020
21 minutes
French
subtitles: 
German

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Maria Claudia Blanco
Antoine Devulder
Juliana Brousse
Ondine Novaresse
Théo Cancelli
Danny Guttridge

Mady and Merouane are two eleven-year-olds who grow up as best friends in the north-east of Paris. They live right next door to each other and that’s more important to them than anything else. And anyway, they feel so at home in their neighbourhood that they can’t think of a more perfect place to practice adulthood. When some other boys turn up, their friendship is briefly put to the test …

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Forgotten Lands

Les Blanches Terres
Amélie Cabocel
Competition for the Audience Award 2020
Documentary Film
France
2019
93 minutes
French
subtitles: 
English, German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing

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Amélie Cabocel
Milana Christitch
Gautier Gumpper
Gautier Gumpper
Grégory Pernet
Nicolas Rhode
Vivien Roche
Martin Sadoux
Jérémy Vernerey
Pascal Doumange

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Michelle, 86 years old, is an equally obstinate and touching widow and filmmaker Amélie Cabocel’s grandmother. Michelle lives alone in a big house in a lonely area of Lorraine and is probably completely unaware that with every fibre of her existence she bears witness to a vanishing age. But when Amélie tries to persuade her to take part in a photographic and exhibition project, she resolutely makes it her own.

Michelle spends her leisurely days reading the obituaries in the local weekly regularly and with great concentration, making long phone calls to the few surviving “cousins” and leafing patiently through the carefully guarded photo albums in which her memories are preserved. Beyond her private life, these albums and folders are also an eloquent fund of an everyday culture about to disappear. When Michelle’s granddaughter wants to produce a film and an exhibition based on this material, the old lady catches the bug and, with her headstrong personality, adds fuel to an already challenging enterprise. “Forgotten Lands” is the moving portrait of a grandmother from the familiar perspective of her granddaughter, but also an intelligent reflection on the unique ability of photography to record echoes of a life lived.
Ralph Eue
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Rural vs. Urban
Small Worlds, Big People
Family Ties
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Lamentations of Judas

Les lamentations de Judas
Boris Gerrets
Camera Lucida – Out of Competition 2020
Documentary Film
Netherlands,
France
2020
94 minutes
English,
Portuguese (Portugal)
subtitles: 
English

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Boris Gerrets
Iris Lammertsma
Boudewijn Koole
Eric Velthuis
Serge Lalou
Camille Laemle
Nic Hofmeyr
Boris Gerrets
President Kapa
Dominique Vieillard
Thuthuka Sibisi

A group of old men in an abandoned asbestos mining town on the edge of the Kalahari Desert resist evacuation. They have no place to go because they were once notorious as soldiers of the infamous South African Battalion 32, also known as “The Terrible Ones”. Both perpetrators and victims of history, they become actors in the biblical story of Judas Iscariot in Boris Gerrets’ equally disturbing and fascinating cinematic legacy.

The spectacle under a blazing sun confronts the men, who live in abject poverty, with their unresolved past. Many of them had been forcibly recruited by the FNLA and UNITA resistance movements in the Angolan War of Independence against Portugal. After the communist MPLA took power, they found themselves as mercenaries fighting alongside white South Africans against their own people and finally defending the Apartheid regime in the colonial struggle in Namibia and the South African townships. On the fringes of the surreal film location between the decaying buildings of the old mining town, they speak for the first time about their life stories, talk about betrayal, guilt and remorse. Having been steamrolled by global politics, turned into undesirables, exiles, forgotten, suppressed and broken men, they finally become visible again as human beings in front of the camera.
Christoph Terhechte
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State of the World
Sense and Being
Redistribution and Having a Say
Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
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Sogni al campo

Sogni al campo
Magda Guidi, Mara Cerri
International Competition Short Film 2020
Animated Film
France,
Italy
2020
9 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Magda Guidi
Mara Cerri
Emmanuel-Alain Raynal
Pierre Baussaron
Davide Ferazza
Alessandro Giorgio
Luce Grosjean
Valentina Vallorani
Massimo Volume
Roberto Casula
Michela De Carlo
Fabio Chiossi
Mara Cerri
Stefano Sasso
Mara Cerri
Magda Guidi
Magda Guidi
Stefano Sasso

In search of the cat Leo a boy roams through sunny fields. Drifting without a care and digging up treasures in the mysterious darkness of the barn are the last throes of childhood before it ends. The crayon colours of this summer are overlaid with the whispering and rustling of shelter – and a premonition. Mara Cerri and Magda Guidi sharpen our senses for the impressions of a confusing age.

André Eckardt
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Sense and Being
Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
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Step Into the River

Dans la rivière
Weijia Ma
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2020
Animated Film
China,
France
2020
15 minutes
Chinese
subtitles: 
English

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Weijia Ma
Damien Megherbi
Justin Pechberty
Marion Chopin
Didier Falk
Juanjuan Chen
Ziteng Qi
Kun Yu
Thilbault Dumoulin
Mathilde Poigniez
Jihua Zhu
Mengshi Fang
Joseph Roth
Emilie Pigeard
Le Van Ho
Yann Song
Alix Boiron Albrespy
Pablo Pico

Lu and Wei live in a village in rural China. The young girls often go to the nearby river to play or fish with their fathers. The river has a special meaning for them because China’s one-child policy has led to some parents drowning their newborn daughters there. A poetic and touching animation in which Weijia Ma explores the consequences of this tragic chapter in the lives of many Chinese families.

Lina Dinkla
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Redistribution and Having a Say
Family Ties
Small Worlds, Big People
Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Rural vs. Urban
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The End of Kings

La fin des rois
Rémi Brachet
International Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
France
2020
39 minutes
French
subtitles: 
English

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Rémi Brachet
Joséphine Mourlaque
Antoine Salomé
Ateliers Médicis
Nina Maïni
Tristan Lhomme
Clément Claude
Flavia Cordey
Gaël Éléon
Zoe Bota
Hadrien Bayard
Héloïse Pelloquet
Anna Sauvage
Evgenia Alexandrova
Eva Sehet
Stéphane Jacomo

The riots that were to spread across the whole of France in 2005 began in Clichy-sous-Bois outside the gates of Paris: young men on the barricades, burning suburbs. The division of society became painfully tangible. What has happened since then? This complex, finely woven documentary look at the Banlieue shows how consciously young people today deal with discrimination. The age of machismo seems over – at the school theatre workshop or while playing soccer. Women rule the world …

Luc-Carolin Ziemann
Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award
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Small Worlds, Big People
Rural vs. Urban
Redistribution and Having a Say
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Their Algeria

Leur Algérie
Lina Soualem
International Competition 2020
Documentary Film
Algeria,
France,
Switzerland,
Qatar
2020
70 minutes
Arabic,
French
subtitles: 
English

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Lina Soualem
Marie Balducchi
Karima Chouikh
Palmyre Badinier
Anna Berthollet
Gladys Joujou
Julie Tribout
Rémi Durel

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After 62 years of marriage Aïcha Soualem is on her own again. Mabrouk, whom she has left, is nevertheless supplied by her daily with food and sugar cubes. Director Lina Soualem is interested in the relationship between her grandparents, who, as the last remaining Algerians in Thiers, France, look back on an eventful past. An empathic investigation all the way back to their native village of Laaouamer which leaves room for ambiguous emotions.

“Soualem” is the password which not only enables Lina Soualem to unlock the tiny, snow-covered village full of cousins in Algeria, which her grandparents left a long time ago. In a sense, “Soualem” is also the title of this gentle investigation of a granddaughter. And Laaouamer, that little place in Algeria, is only the final destination of a long journey which may be narrated via geographical coordinates but interweaves them closely with biographical and emotional ones. Aïcha and Mabrouk rarely talk about themselves. Instead, self-affixed wall badges speak: “The world’s best mom lives here” or “Welcome to the world’s best grandma’s”. To learn more about the couple, whose lives were shaped by French colonialism, Lina Soualem uses private photos and videos. Her investigation is full of love: persistent, but never prying.
Carolin Weidner
Nominated for Prize of the Interreligious Jury, FIPRESCI Prize
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Family Ties
Rural vs. Urban
Love/Without Love
Small Worlds, Big People
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Trouble Sleep

Trouble Sleep
Alain Kassanda
International Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
France,
Nigeria
2020
40 minutes
English,
Yoruba
subtitles: 
English

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Alain Kassanda
Alain Kassanda
Alain Kassanda
Alain Kassanda
Alain Kassanda
Alain Kassanda
Florent Dupuit
Jr EakEe

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While the transaction tax collectors seem to be dancing to jazz music, a pointedly staged text passage by Patrick Chamoiseau lets not only our visual and auditory but also our olfactory senses unfold: The third-largest Nigerian city can be experienced by smell. In this rhythmic portrait of life in Ibadan the urban cinematic poetry is by no means at odds with the profundity with which it captures themes like lack of perspective, globalisation and corruption.

Borjana Gaković
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Rural vs. Urban
Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
State of the World
Small Worlds, Big People
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Zaho Zay

Zaho Zay
Maéva Ranaïvojaona, Georg Tiller
Camera Lucida – Out of Competition 2020
Documentary Film
Austria,
France,
Madagascar
2020
79 minutes
French,
Malagasy
subtitles: 
English

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Maéva Ranaïvojaona
Georg Tiller
Georg Tiller
Maéva Ranaïvojaona
Thomas Lambert
Georg Tiller
Maéva Ranaïvojaona
Georg Tiller
Barbara Bossuet
André Fèvre
Térence Meunier
Herimandresy Randriambololona
André Fèvre

“Zaho Zay!”, it’s me. This is the daily salute of the prisoners in a crowded Madagascan prison whose guard looks for her lost father in each new prisoner. Her projections and fantasies let the mystical, murderous father figure roam the island in simultaneously dreamlike and nightmarish sequences, accompanied by a poetic voiceover. A hybrid narrative, speculating about the mysterious paths and profound traumas of its landscapes and all who walk in them.

A pair of dice, a quiet murderer and his victims, traces of history and magic realism. Rituals and riddles, revenge, remorse and imprisonment are unravelled and re-interlaced between the brutal reality of a detention centre, the fantasies of the fictionalised narrator and the vast natural spaces of an island – slowly and poetically. Crises, colonial violence and its continuities are suggested and condensed. The montage of documentary material and staged sequences references western and film noir and develops an intense visual and narrative pull. An almost lyrical text and the precisely framed images bear witness to an impossible quest that’s actually a haunting, referring to individual and collective traumas and the strange forces with which such shocks inscribe themselves into narratives and places.
Djamila Grandits
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Redistribution and Having a Say
Sense and Being
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