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98 kg

98 kg
Izabela Plucińska
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2021
Animated Film
Poland,
Germany
2021
5 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Izabela Plucińska
Paulina Ratajczak
Izabela Plucińska
Maciej Reguła
Izabela Plucińska
Daniela Kinateder
Andrea Martignoni
Andrea Martignoni

The cycle of domestic violence: tension, escalation, remorse, and then all over again. The woman in Izabela Plucińska’s film shares the fate of many sufferers: She can’t manage to break out. The metaphorical dumbbells she would have to lift to do it weigh 98 kilograms – like the man who does this to her. All she can do is dissolve, disappear and breathe silently into her individual parts. The animations keep erasing themselves, but painful marks are left behind.

Kim Busch
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Love/Without Love
Family Ties
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Bless You!

Zdrastvuyte!
Tatiana Chistova
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
Poland
2020
30 minutes
Russian
subtitles: 
English

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Tatiana Chistova
Maciek Hamela
Georg Gruber
Marina Levashova
Maciek Hamela
Tatiana Chistova
Patryk Zakrocki

Against the backdrop of Saint Petersburg’s back courtyards during the Corona lockdown, Tatyana Chistova fuses recordings of the almost empty city and calls to a municipal hotline tasked with offering help and advice, but topics range from the banal to existential questions. Elderly people in particular are affected by poverty, hunger and loneliness. Chistova highlights that in a system that neglects its weakest members, the virus is not the only threat.

Kim Busch
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Umverteilen und Mitreden
Rural vs. Urban
Zustand der Welt
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International Competition 2021
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Bucolic Karol Pałka
Country life as presented by Karol Pałka is not exactly romantic: two women, a ramshackle house, the ground wet, the clothes dirty. An unconventional visit to a wasteland.
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Bucolic

Bukolika
Karol Pałka
International Competition 2021
Documentary Film
Poland
2021
70 minutes
Polish
subtitles: 
German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing, English

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Karol Pałka
Karolina Mróz
Wojciech Marczewski
National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute
Marcella Jelic
Karol Pałka
Katarzyna Boniecka
Piotr Knop
Anna Rok
Karol Pałka

Danusia and Basia are a mother and daughter, sharing a life presented by director Karol Pałka as supremely secluded. Far removed from any comfort, the seasons pass, a priest comes to visit, the women wade through mud and cultivate their habits. But, unnoticed by Danusia, Basia moves on a few back roads of her own that lead in other directions.

The nearest town seems light years away. Danusia and her daughter Basia lead a reclusive life in a ramshackle house in the country. The rooms are decorated with flower arrangements, scattered with devotional objects. Mother and daughter cultivate their connection to the supernatural, either in the shape of a strict Catholicism or as small rituals in nature. In one scene Basia dances around a fire like a witch. She is also the one who repeatedly seeks contact with the outside world. We see her with a mobile phone then, but the person at the other end remains intangible, unable or unwilling to break the spell around the mother-and-daughter team. It is a dense, almost deserted world which Karol Pałka in his debut film renders in gloomy, shadowed images that grow brighter only when spring comes. But even then, the dramatic opening piece “Specially for You” by the Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha still resonates.
Carolin Weidner
Nominated for MDR Film Prize, Prize of the Interreligious Jury, FIPRESCI Prize
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Family Ties
Intervening Nature
International Competition Short Film 2021
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Crumbs of Life Katarzyna Miechowicz
This wild, imaginative thriller in analogue cut-out technique – in the best Polish animation film tradition of the Łódź Film School – offers plenty of room for interpretation.
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Crumbs of Life

Okruszki życia
Katarzyna Miechowicz
International Competition Short Film 2021
Animated Film
Poland
2020
7 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Katarzyna Miechowicz
Agata Golanska
Maciej Reguła
Katarzyna Miechowicz
Katarzyna Miechowicz
Piotr Baryła
Anna Obara
Piotr Baryła
Katarzyna Miechowicz

Spitting ponies, a cursed TV reporter and a hairy giant who is lovingly combed by his brunette girlfriend while she develops inexplicable fears about her own foot. This will later literally be shot off – the foot, not the boyfriend! A faceless man is also there – acting in alliance with the ponies. This colourful, ominous animated thriller made in analogue cut-out technique addresses states of anxiety, masochistic fights and media criticism. Perhaps.

Borjana Gaković
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Witty
Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
German Competition 2020
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Grenzland Andreas Voigt
Along the river Oder: Virulent questions about homeland and community, everyday life and politics, asked with confident casualness, provide an account of the present.
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Grenzland

Grenzland
Andreas Voigt
German Competition 2020
Documentary Film
Germany,
Poland
2020
100 minutes
English,
German,
Polish
subtitles: 
German

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Andreas Voigt
Barbara Etz
Kazimierz Beer
Klaus Schmutzer
MDR Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk
RBB Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg
Thomas Beyer
Rolf Bergmann
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
PISF, Poland Polish-German Film Fonds
Filmbüro MV
Nordmedia
Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung GmbH
BKM
Marcus Lenz
Maurice Wilkerling
Ina Tangermann
Gerhard Ziegler
Peter Carstens
METRIX
Cine Chromatix

The river Oder: A historical and cultural landscape churned again and again by the tide of events of the past century. A tale told in concentric circles about a region which was and still is the scene of the beginning, end and open middle of voluntary and involuntary migrations. Virulent issues of daily life and politics that, asked with confident casualness, provide a robust account of the present.

Movements and stories in the border region between Poland and Germany – Andreas Voigt’s new film takes up the themes of his 1992 work “Borderland – A Journey”. The charged term “homeland” stirs up (trouble in) the minds and hearts of the people: What it once was and what has become of it! Sure, that’s not the top priority in their daily agenda. But how people appropriate this term and how that in turn structures their attitudes also determines how they figure out the taste of life in the here and now of Europe. The search for closeness is confronted with the insistence on distance. Communication about belonging becomes flimsy because the body language says something different than the spoken word. As a film that’s not about administering a politically correct separation diet, “Borderland” provokes experiences and enables encounters.
Ralph Eue
Nominated for DEFA Sponsoring Prize, Gedanken Aufschluss Prize, Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, MDR Film Prize, VER.DI Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness
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Regional (Heeme)
Rural vs. Urban
Small Worlds, Big People
Zustand der Welt
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I’m Here

Jestem tutaj
Julia Orlik
International Competition Short Film 2020
Animated Film
Poland
2020
15 minutes
Polish
subtitles: 
English

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Julia Orlik
Agata Golanska
Marta Swietek
Julia Orlik
Julia Orlik
Julia Orlik
Aleksandra Rosset
Bogdan Klat

She is the centre of attention, but exhausted by life. An old woman in her final days, bedridden and too weak to speak to her husband and daughter. Her selfhood fades away while in the care of her relatives, who have problems of their own. But Julia Orlik brings the woman back into the foreground with her minimalist concept and touching puppet design.

André Eckardt
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Small Worlds, Big People
Sinn und Sein
Family Ties
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Impossible Figures and Other Stories I

Figury niemożliwe i inne historie I
Marta Pajek
International Competition Short Film 2021
Animated Film
Poland,
Canada
2021
16 minutes
Polish
subtitles: 
English

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Marta Pajek
Piotr Szczepanowicz
Grzegorz Wacławek
Maral Mohammadian
Luce Grosjean
Marta Pajek
Marta Pajek
Marta Pajek
Aleksandra Gryka
Alex Boya
Michał Jankowski
Piotr Knop

Marta Pajek (digitally) created a complex, atmospheric universe – with minimalist means and yet rich in detail. References to contemporary history meet visions of an intuited, dystopian future. We are made aware of (our own) transience in subtle, but almost brutal ways. Ageing bodies, ageing ideas. In the end, the grande dame of Polish cinema, actor Anna Polony, sings: “… when will we ever learn?”

Borjana Gaković
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
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Light Years

Lata świetlne
Monika Proba
International Competition Short Film 2021
Documentary Film
Poland
2021
28 minutes
Russian,
Polish
subtitles: 
English

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Monika Proba
Ewa Jastrzebska
Jerzy Kapuscinski
Magdalena Borowiec
Tatiana Matysiak
Daria Zienowicz
Katarzyna Wilk
Zvika Gregory Portnoy
Adriana Fernández Castellanos
Lucyna Wielopolska-Lorenc
Monika Proba
Monika Proba

Witali and Łukasz have graduated from the Orthodox seminary. To take up priesthood, they must either start a family or become monks. But the two friends prefer to live for the moment, to muse, philosophize and sing. The camera looks on, full of empathy, giving the two men space and time to face their situation. A documentary observation turns into a thriller: Can their tender friendship withstand religious obligations and family expectations?

Anke Leweke
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Sense and Being
Family Ties
Extended Reality: DOK Neuland 2020
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Locus Solus Krzysztof Garbaczewski
Loosely based on Raymond Roussel’s novel “Locus Solus”, we explore the world of the inventor Martial Canterel. His estate is a place of innovation but completely without morals.
2018
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Locus Solus

Locus Solus
Krzysztof Garbaczewski
Extended Reality 2020
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Poland
2018
20 minutes
English

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Krzysztof Garbaczewski
Wojtek Markowski
Robert Mleczko
Jan Duszyński
Bartosz Zaskórski
Jim Fletcher
Iza Szostak
Maciej Gniady
Marta Nawrot
Jagoda Wójtowicz
Marta Nawrot
Maciej Gniady
Dream Adoption Society

Loosely based on Raymond Roussel’s novel “Locus Solus”, we explore the world of the inventor Martial Canterel. His estate is a place of innovation, a space for experiments that elude ethical responsibility. All its guests become objects of research – and must ask themselves whether scientific progress justifies every sacrifice.

Lars Rummel
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Soup

Zupa
Zbigniew Rybczyński
Animation and Musique concrète 2021
Experimental Film
Poland
1974
9 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Zbigniew Rybczyński
Se-ma-for Produkcja Filmowa Sp. z o.o.
Eugeniusz Rudnik
Barbara Sarnocinska
Mieczysław Janik
Zbigniew Rybczyński
Zbigniew Rybczyński
Zbigniew Rybczyński

The daily routine in the life of a young couple: getting up, squeezing blackheads, eating soup, daydreaming … Zbigniew Rybczyński reworks real-life images to create surreal collages in order to visually turn the inside out. He is supported by the Polish composer Eugeniusz Rudnik, whose great electro-acoustic inventiveness shifts playfully back and forth between naturalism and alienation.

André Eckardt
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
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The Balcony Movie

Film balkonowy
Paweł Łoziński
Competition for the Audience Award 2021
Documentary Film
Poland
2021
100 minutes
Polish,
Russian
subtitles: 
English

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Paweł Łoziński
Paweł Łoziński
Agnieszka Mankiewicz
Izabela Lopuch
Katarzyna Wilk
Paweł Łoziński
Paweł Łoziński
Paweł Łoziński
Piasek & Wójcik
Paweł Łoziński
Franciszek Kozłowski
Jan Duszyński

The whole world, captured on a somewhat dreary pavement in Warsaw. For two years, director Paweł Łoziński stood on the balcony of his flat with his camera and watched the people passing below from up there. The ones he saw and persuaded to talk are young and old, neighbours or simply passers-by. The filmmaker addresses them, asks questions, listens and creates a space for conversations that rarely happen between strangers.

How do passers-by react when they are filmed from a balcony and addressed, stopped from above? Do they walk on, shaking their heads? Or are they willing to engage in dialogue? This place and this staged opportunity seem perfect for making a film that reflects its own premises, because apparently people feel a rather strong need to talk about themselves from this unusual position. Whether hurrying or strolling, happy or thoughtful, posing or quite natural: Each of the participants who happen to come into view reveals something special. Every encounter, however unpremeditated, turns out to be unique. Some expectations of a certain type of person are disappointed, because hardly anyone can be pigeonholed. Łoziński’s experiment invites us to pause, to wait until the world steps into the camera’s field of view.
Lina Dinkla
Nominated for MDR Film Prize
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Small Worlds, Big People
State of the World
Re-Visions 2020
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The Gentle Giant Marcin Podolec
100 kilos of self-doubt: a massif of a man uses slam poetry to overcome his fears. One small step for mankind is one big leap for a shy giant.
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The Gentle Giant

Olbrzym
Marcin Podolec
Re-Visions 2020
Animated Film
Poland
2016
11 minutes
Polish
subtitles: 
English

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Marcin Podolec
Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa, Telewizyjna i Teatralna
Fumi Studio
Marcin Gierbisz
Marcin Podolec
Marcin Podolec
Wiktoria Nowak
Marcin Podolec
Rafał Samborski
Piotr Markowicz

These fucking doubts! And isn’t a 100-kilo massif of a man who recites tender poetry on stage a contradiction in terms anyway? He almost fell silent. But then he defeated the booming silence and made his own fears the subject of his slam poetry performances. One small step for mankind, one big leap for a shy giant.

Ralph Eue
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Small Worlds, Big People
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We Have One Heart

We Have One Heart
Katarzyna Warzecha
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2020
Animated Film
Poland
2020
11 minutes
English,
Polish
subtitles: 
English

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Katarzyna Warzecha
Ewa Jastrzebska
Stanisław Zaborowski
Barbara Igielska
Katarzyna Wilk
Grzegorz Hartfiel
Katarzyna Warzecha
Yellow Tapir Studio
Piotr Kremky
Jakub Jerszyński
Adam Witkowski

The letters Halina receives from Farouk in the late 1970s are as haunting as they are hopeful. They have a long journey between them: from Iraq to Poland. But at some point the contact breaks off, and the reasons remain a secret. Their son Adam manages to build a bridge. And the latter’s son, Ignacy, tells the story from his perspective. It’s a delicate visual treatment behind which complicated fates are hidden.

Carolin Weidner
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Small Worlds, Big People
Family Ties
Liebe/ ohne Liebe
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