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Abyssal

Abisal
Alejandro Alonso
International Competition Short Film 2021
Documentary Film
Cuba,
France
2021
30 minutes
Spanish
subtitles: 
French, English

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Alejandro Alonso
Boris Prieto
Alejandro Alonso
Oderay Ponce de León
Boris Prieto
Norwegian Fund for Cuban Cinema
CNC / Aide aux cinémas du monde
Lisandra López Fabé
Pepe Gavilondo
Nancy Angulo
Glenda Martínez Cabrera
Velia Díaz de Villalvilla
Alejandro Pérez
Emmanuel Peña
Alejandro Alonso
Alejandro Alonso

A ship scrapyard in western Cuba. The observing camera follows Raudel and his colleagues who work in what seems like a hermetically sealed microcosm. A homing pigeon strays into the place; the workers contemplate it silently as they smoke. Sometimes they talk about their dreams. Shots are focussed in turns on their bodies and their surroundings. Rhythmic, artfully crafted and authentically produced sounds accompany precise and lucid images, without aestheticizing the harshness of their work.

Borjana Gaković
Winner of Golden Dove Short Documentary (International Competition Short Film)
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Redistribution and Having a Say
Rural vs. Urban
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Anxious Body

Fuan na karada
Yoriko Mizushiri
International Competition Short Film 2021
Animated Film
France,
Japan
2021
6 minutes
English
subtitles: 
None

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Yoriko Mizushiri
Emmanuel-Alain Raynal
Pierre Baussaron
Nobuaki Doi / New Deer
Luce Grosjean

Tszzzzidd – skin and adhesive tape separate slowly, almost lasciviously. From a sober physical point of view, forces between molecular bonds are being overcome. Yoriko Mizushiri composes brief, highly sensual variations on pain and pleasure based on this phenomenon. Restrained, calm and scalpel-sharp, she creates two-dimensional drawn animations in subdued colours, accompanied by cool electronic sounds that explode in one’s head only to scatter into the anxious but curious body.

André Eckardt
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Witty
Sense and Being
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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

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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Zustand der Welt
Umverteilen und Mitreden
Sinn und Sein
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Heart

Yollotl
Fernando Colin Roque
International Competition Short Film 2021
Documentary Film
France
2020
17 minutes
Spanish
subtitles: 
English

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Fernando Colin Roque
Eric Prigent
Eduardo Martinez
Natalia Trebik
Fernando Colin Roque
Fernando Colin Roque
Fernando Colin Roque
Chloé Belloc
Mathilde Lavenne
Fernando Colin Roque
Fernando Colin Roque
Nicolas Verhaeghe
Yannick Delmaire
Baptiste Evrard
Chloé Belloc

A voice speaking the Aztec language Nahuatl and a ritual song accompany the children’s games in the Mayan rain forest. They put their ears to the trees which seem to speak to each other and to the universe. They listen to an ancient love story that continues today. A myth of Mesoamerican culture is invoked. Animated sequences and extreme backlighting visualize the tree’s inner life. What images may emerge in the children’s mind’s eyes?

Anke Leweke
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Intervening Nature
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Ice Merchants

Ice Merchants
João Gonzalez
International Competition Short Film 2022
Animated Film
Portugal,
France,
UK
2022
14 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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João Gonzalez
Bruno Caetano
Michaël Proença
Joaquim Pinheiro
João Gonzalez
João Gonzalez
Ala Nunu
João Gonzalez
João Gonzalez
Ed Trousseau
Ricardo Real
João Gonzalez

There is a house hanging from heavy ropes, firmly anchored to the rocks. Up there in the cliffs, far above the town below, a father lives with his son in the cold. In his 2D frame-by-frame animation, director João Gonzalez uses few colours, which makes the harsh shadows and extreme camera angles of his drawings all the more atmospheric. He has realised a metaphorical tale that can do without dialogue, relying on sound and images alone.

Marie Kloos
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Witty
Family Ties
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kitchen.blend

cuisine.blend
Nataliya Ilchuk
International Competition Short Film 2021
Animated Film
France,
Ukraine
2021
15 minutes
Ukrainian,
French
subtitles: 
English, German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing

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Nataliya Ilchuk
Nataliya Ilchuk
Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains
Yannick Delmaire
Paul Guilbert

Click, click, she virtually recreates a cluttered, narrow kitchen on her computer. Lady Di smiles with creased photo edges from the refrigerator, a half-opened chocolate bar lies on the table. The technical-looking, detailed digital reconstruction runs like a fingertip along remembered images, tracing their nicks. The images feed off a blurred video in which the grandparents and their kitchen-cum-living-room live on – a nostalgic place in the distant Ukraine of childhood.

André Eckardt
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Family Ties
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Motorrodillo

Motorrodillo
Alba Jaramillo
International Competition Short Film 2022
Documentary Film
Colombia,
France
2022
30 minutes
Spanish
subtitles: 
English

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Alba Jaramillo
Qutaiba Barhamji
Marie-Odile Gazin
Alba Jaramillo
David Horacio Montoya
Francine Lemaître
Andres Acevedo
Manuel Vidal

In rural northern Colombia, where the railway has long been discontinued, people help themselves with a fleet of “Motorrodillos” – motorcycle-driven miniature trains. Every day, Dolly and her colleagues take school kids, goods and travellers on rugged routes from village to village. If you meet oncoming traffic on the way, you get off the rails. If you find holes in the rails, you mend them yourself. The affectionate portrait of a self-organised transport system.

Marie Kloos
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State of the World
Out of Balance
Climate Crisis
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Scum Mutation

Scum Mutation
Ov
International Competition Short Film 2021
Animated Film
France
2020
10 minutes
French,
English,
Italian,
Spanish
subtitles: 
English

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Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains
Paul Guilbert
Jeremy Waulter
Ov
Ivvvo
Ov
Raphaëlle Duquesnoy
Pauline Sicard
Ov

Four creatures wobble like marionettes in the black void. An alien power tries to subdue them, police voices strike like truncheons. Bent, with bulging or thread-thin limbs, their skin turned inside out – human anatomy has mutated. But these vulnerable bodies start to fight back … “Scum Mutation” takes us into the battle zone without protection, into an indelible energy field of radical feminist protest – and becomes a resounding beacon of reconquest.

André Eckardt
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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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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Sinn und Sein
Poesie und Grenzgänge
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Steakhouse

Steakhouse
Špela Čadež
International Competition Short Film 2021
Animated Film
Slovenia,
Germany,
France
2021
10 minutes
Slovenian
subtitles: 
English

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Špela Čadež
Tina Smrekar
Špela Čadež
Emmanuel-Alain Raynal
Pierre Baussaron
Fabian Driehorst
Luce Grosjean
Johanna Wienert
Clémentine Robach
Zarja Menart
Anka Kočevar
Špela Čadež
Tomaž Grom
Olfamož
Iva Kraljevic
Špela Čadež
Gregor Zorc

Coupledom has its own dynamics. Her professional obligations do not tick by the clock, his cooking and love are extraordinary, but, alas, precisely timed. This all too familiar incompatibility is condensed into murky, acrid roast fumes and ends civilized, but bloody. Špela Čadež gradually slows down the pace, creating a space for the absurd goings-on to penetrate deeper and deeper. Black humour, “well done”.

André Eckardt
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Love/Without Love
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The Congress

Le congrès
Clément Villiers
International Competition Short Film 2021
Documentary Film
France
2021
33 minutes
French
subtitles: 
English

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Clément Villiers
Clément Villiers
Théophile Gay-Mazas
Pauline Pénichout

Photographs are dusted, records cleaned, insects removed from books and everything is digitized for eternity. The matter-of-fact shots of fastidious archival work, though, are combined with the voice of a young woman who reports on the collapse of civilization, the fragile artefacts of which she secures as the last human being left in the “Congress”. In the field of tension between image and sound a space for our imagination opens up.

Christoph Terhechte
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Redistribution and Having a Say
Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
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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
Umverteilen und Mitreden
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International Competition Short Film 2022
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The Mechanics of Fluids
Gala Hernández López
Incel culture is the expression of a current understanding of masculinity. López’s essay investigates the echo chamber effect on the internet and the feeling of loneliness in the age of algorithms.
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The Mechanics of Fluids

La mécanique des fluides
Gala Hernández López
International Competition Short Film 2022
Documentary Film
France
2022
39 minutes
English,
French
subtitles: 
English

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Gala Hernández López
Lucas Le Postec
Thibault de Gantes
Ninon Chapuis
A. Pol Camprubí
Gala Hernández López
Alberto Dexeus
Mélia Roger
Diego Delgado
Mélia Roger
Claudia Martín
Gala Hernández López

In 2018, a user called AnathematicAnarchist published a suicide note in an online forum for incels – a subculture of heterosexual men whose self-pity, misogyny and fantasies of violence dominate the internet in many places and trigger offline actions in some. Did he really take his own life? Is America responsible for his death, as he claims in his text? A search for clues in the darkest corners of the net, an essay about pain and loneliness in the age of algorithms.

Marie Kloos
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Depth of Souls
Gender Norms
Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Tech Futures
Out of Balance
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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

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
Poesie und Grenzgänge
Zustand der Welt
Small Worlds, Big People
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