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Jahr

International Competition 2021
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Aleksey Lapin
A casting for a historical film is supposed to take place in a Russian village. It is the occasion for an affectionate, semi-fictional local portrait with a sense for the absurd.
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KRAI

KRAI
Aleksey Lapin
International Competition 2021
Documentary Film
Austria
2021
123 minutes
Russian,
German,
English,
Italian
subtitles: 
English

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Aleksey Lapin
Florian Brüning
Thomas Herberth
Gerald Weber
Adrian Campean
Jaroslaw Redkin
Yuriy Todorov
Sebastian Schreiner
Aleksey Lapin
Lenja Gathmann

Russian-born director Aleksey Lapin travels back to his relatives’ home village near the Ukrainian border, where he himself used to spend every summer. The film crew introduce themselves at a specially organized musical event, claiming that they have come to cast a historical film that is to be set in the village. What follows is a charming, semi-fictional documentary by and with the village community.

The proposed film project is just a pretext, that’s obvious from the start. Nonetheless, the villagers are happy to take part. Inventively and with subtle irony, Lapin plays with the boundaries between documentary and fiction. Thus observed scenes unobtrusively merge into staged ones. He records marvellously absurdities, for example a tree being felled and laboriously put up somewhere else for the “shoot”, or broken-down cars fuelling the rumours of electromagnetism in the area. The cinematography in black and white is notable, full of references to classic Russian films, timeless and timely at the same time. Lapin’s feature-length debut is not only an affectionate local portrait with a sense for the absurd, but also a film about film: In a long dialogue by the river, two protagonists talk about cinema as an art form and how it is changing.
Annina Wettstein
Nominated for MDR Film Prize, Young Eyes Film Award, Prize of the Interreligious Jury, FIPRESCI Prize
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Exile
Rural vs. Urban
International Competition 2022
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Matter Out of Place
Nikolaus Geyrhalter
A monumental study on garbage as the shaper of landscapes and the people and machines it keeps busy: from the workings of a self-sustaining system.
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Matter Out of Place

Matter Out of Place
Nikolaus Geyrhalter
International Competition 2022
Documentary Film
Austria
2022
105 minutes
Albanian,
Nepali,
Swiss German,
English
subtitles: 
English

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Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Michael Kitzberger
Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Wolfgang Widerhofer
Markus Glaser
Salma Abdalla
Nikolaus Geyrhalter
Samira Ghahremani
Michael Palm
Sergey Martynyuk
Nora Czamler
Florian Kindlinger
Flora Rajakowitsch

For his monumental study of displacement, Nikolaus Geyrhalter has travelled across continents, mapping a new kind of landscape that has become detached from geographical or climatic conditions under palm trees, on mountains, at rivers, in the snow. Washed up, blown in, piled up, caught or left somewhere – where once the forces of nature were at work, garbage now dominates the shape of things. It has even brought forth a new social type: the relocator.

As in all his films, Nikolaus Geyrhalter operates the camera himself. It stands still, often for minutes, as if it couldn’t believe what presents itself: plastic webs seemingly grown together with the scrawny branches on embankments, decaying newspapers and cocoa powder packaging in the excavated soil of a potato field in Switzerland, beaches seamed at the waterline by a carpet of Styrofoam and plastic containers. In equally delicately composed images, the filmmaker focuses on the machines and people who work away at these garbage landscapes. They excavate and compact, collect and sort, sweep and rake, move one thing this way and the other that way with grapplers or hands. Well-formed and without comment, the inner workings of a self-sustaining system are revealed in which a process of alienation is underway that causes problem and solution to drift apart.
Sylvia Görke
Nominated for Prize of the Interreligious Jury, FIPRESCI Prize, Gedanken Aufschluss Prize, Young Eyes Film Award
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Out of Balance
Climate Crisis
State of the World