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“Hello,” We Lied

“Hello,” We Lied
Laura Gamse
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
USA
2020
12 minutes
English
subtitles: 
English

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Laura Gamse
Daydream Reels
Mike Diva
Bernard Myburgh
Mike Diva
Steven O’Brien
Lostboyevsky
Sony Cleveland
Greg Sinibaldi
Jesse Canterbury

Journalism in the U.S. is in crisis. Jestin Coler, also known as the “fake news king”, most likely contributed to this when headlines from his satirical web page were picked up and believed by the mainstream. Coler describes fake news as a gateway drug and, ironically, as an antidote at the same time. In her film, director Laura Gamse scrolls through news and memes and thereby impressively comments on the state of Western societies.

Kim Busch
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Umverteilen und Mitreden
Zustand der Welt
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Animation and Musique concrète 2021
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A Man and His Dog Out for Air Robert Breer
Birdsong and meandering lines, sometimes solo, sometimes as a swarm movement. A park landscape, a staircase, and a man with a dog emerge fleetingly from the permanently changing forms.
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A Man and His Dog Out for Air

A Man and His Dog Out for Air
Robert Breer
Animation and Musique concrète 2021
Animated Film
USA
1957
2 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Robert Breer
Frannie Breer
Robert Breer
Robert Breer

Birdsong and meandering lines, sometimes solo, sometimes as a swarm movement. In their midst a park landscape, a staircase, and a man with a dog seem to emerge fleetingly. In Robert Breer’s minimalist drawn animation, the abstract and the figurative briefly overlap, then fall apart again. The permanent change of the forms follows the pulse rate of the birdsong recorded in nature.

André Eckardt
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
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Atomu

Atomu
Shariffa Ali, Yetunde Dada
Extended Reality 2021
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France,
Kenya,
USA,
UK
2020
12 minutes
English

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Shariffa Ali
Yetunde Dada
Antoine Cayrol
Steve Jelly
Steve Jelly
Arnaud Colinart
Opeyemi Olukemi
Rafael Pavon
Annick Jakobowicz
Simon Windsor
Andrew Orkin
Banna Dasta
Toby Coffey
Steve Jelly
Simon Windsor
Akash Kushwaha
Annick Jakobowicz
Stephen Buescher
POV Spark
Opeyemi Olukemi
Arnaud Colinart
Rafael Pavon
Antoine Cayrol
Stephen Buescher
France Télévisions
Dimension
Derren Sinnott

In the mythology of the Kikuyu community the Mugumo, the Kenyan fig tree, represents transformation and rebirth. This multiplayer VR experience invites us to witness a sacred ritual: Dancing around the Mugumo can turn a man into a woman and a woman into a man. We follow Waicici, a genderless person, in the quest for the most honest version of themselves.

Lars Rummel
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Sense and Being
Family Ties
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Bulletproof

Bulletproof
Todd Chandler
Competition for the Audience Award 2020
Documentary Film
USA
2020
83 minutes
English
subtitles: 
German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing

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Todd Chandler
Danielle Varga
Todd Chandler
Emily Topper
Todd Chandler
Shannon Kennedy
Ryan Billia
Troy Herion

At American high schools, the threat of school shootings has become omnipresent. In addition to regular drills of how to act in case of assault, security forces and metal detectors are now part of everyday life in the schools. In the name of security, a whole industry is busy developing bulletproof hoodies and blackboards, arming teachers and installing ever more surveillance devices. Is this prevention? Or a self-fulfilling prophecy?

While cheerleaders rehearse, basketball teams play and homecoming queens are crowned, adults in the background prepare for the emergency: What to do if a school is attacked – from inside or outside? Behaviour and meditation training to prevent violence in the first place are one thing. More money, however, is spent on armament. The so-called security industry has long entered the school market. Todd Chandler’s restrained observation takes a look at the arms and service industries and the media, at social psychologists as well as teachers. He cleverly focuses not on individual schools and incidents but rather on how a whole system responds to a threat.
Marie Kloos
Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award
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Zustand der Welt
Umverteilen und Mitreden
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Burp

Burp
Ethan Barrett
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2020
Animated Film
USA
2019
10 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Ethan Barrett
Ethan Barrett
Ethan Barrett
Ethan Barrett
Ethan Barrett
Ethan Barrett
Ethan Barrett
Ethan Barrett

Eating dirt and burping with relish – an earthworm refuses to be satisfied with this embarrassing evolutionary outcome for his species and sets out to learn better things. But imitating many-legged and winged insects does not result in distinguished behaviour but rather leads to mortal danger. Ethan Barrett demonstrates magnificently that clay is the pinnacle of the evolutionary pyramid of animation, especially when it is set to such a light and poignant score.

André Eckardt
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Umverteilen und Mitreden
Natur in Bearbeitung
Witty
Family Ties
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Re-Visions 2020
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Buy My Film! John Schnall
An unappreciated filmmaker wants to be part of the big industry, sell himself and be bought. A torrent of buzzwords from the beginner’s guide to self-marketing.
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Buy My Film!

Buy My Film!
John Schnall
Re-Visions 2020
Animated Film
USA
1995
3 minutes
English
subtitles: 
None

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John Schnall
John Schnall
John Schnall

A genius of independent cinema looks back on his hitherto unrecognized work. From now on he will leave this unprofitable art well alone, be part of the big business, sell himself and be bought. A brilliant future seems within reach. A torrent of buzzwords from the beginner’s guide to self-marketing. Burning ambition. Caustic sarcasm. Biting irony.

Ralph Eue
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Witty
Animation and Musique concrète 2021
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Five Film Exercises – Film 1 John Whitney, James Whitney
An impact pendulum writes directly on the soundtrack of the film, producing analogue bleeps and bits. In alternating coloured light, shades change their shape.
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Five Film Exercises – Film 1

Five Film Exercises – Film 1
John Whitney, James Whitney
Animation and Musique concrète 2021
Experimental Film
USA
1943
5 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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John Whitney
James Whitney

The Whitney brothers are pioneers of abstract animation. In 1943/1944, they experimented in five film exercises with modernist form and a device of their own that wrote directly on the soundtrack of the film by means of an impact pendulum. The resulting analogue electronic bleeps and bits are accompanied by moving stencils in constantly alternating coloured backlight whose shadows change their geometrical shape.

Cornelia Friederike Müller aka CFM
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Re-Visions 2020
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Frankly Caroline Frank Mouris, Caroline Mouris
Frank is Caroline’s husband. The successful director wants to help her with her autobiography but of course have a say in it, too. Caroline isn’t exactly enthusiastic.
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Frankly Caroline

Frankly Caroline
Frank Mouris, Caroline Mouris
Re-Visions 2020
Animated Film
USA
1999
9 minutes
English
subtitles: 
None

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Frank Mouris
Caroline Mouris
Caroline Mouris
Mouris Squared
Frank Mouris
Caroline Mouris
Frank Mouris
Caroline Mouris

A couple of filmmakers – she produces, he directs – are trying hard to assemble the autobiography of the woman, Caroline. A long time ago the man, Frank, won an Oscar for the adaptation of his own life on film. Now he just wants to help Caroline a little, but of course have a say in things, too. Caroline isn’t exactly enthusiastic.

Ralph Eue
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Family Ties
Liebe/ ohne Liebe
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Green Turns Brown

Green Turns Brown
Joie Estrella Horwitz
International Competition Short Film 2021
Documentary Film
USA
2021
6 minutes
English
subtitles: 
Spanish, English

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Joie Estrella Horwitz
Joie Estrella Horwitz
Joie Estrella Horwitz
Luchita Hurtado
Joie Estrella Horwitz
Sarah Ibrahim
Sarah Ibrahim

A visual artist all her life, Luchita Hurtado only reluctantly experienced her breakthrough at the age of 97. “Green Turns Brown” is a minimalist eulogy to the publicity-shy painter. Shot on Super 8 film stock during the last months of her life, this film, which revels in autumn colours, paints the portrait of a woman in tune with nature who sees death not as the end but as the crossing of a border. “Life goes on.”

Christoph Terhechte
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Small Worlds, Big People
Animation and Musique concrète 2021
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Matmos: Ultimate Care II Excerpt Five Vicki Bennett
A washing machine less ordinary: In a lively music video with animation and advertising film quotes, the sounds of a fully automatic machine enchant us and make us forget all our laundry worries.
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Matmos: Ultimate Care II Excerpt Five

Matmos: Ultimate Care II Excerpt Five
Vicki Bennett
Animation and Musique concrète 2021
Experimental Film
USA
2014
7 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Vicki Bennett
Vicki Bennett
Peter Knight
Vicki Bennett
Peter Knight

A washing machine less ordinary: The electronic music duo Matmos probes the music making capabilities of the “Ultimate Care II” by Whirlpool and weaves the sounds of its housing, laundry cycle and switches into a beat. Using animation, optical effects and advertising film quotes from the time when fully automatic machines had their breakthrough, a lively piece of music video is created that makes us forget all our laundry worries.

André Eckardt
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
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Odoriko

Odoriko
Yoichiro Okutani
Editing Makes the Film 2021
Documentary Film
Japan,
USA,
France
2020
114 minutes
Japanese
subtitles: 
English

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Yoichiro Okutani
Asako Fujioka
Eric Nyari
Yoichiro Okutani
Annie Ohayon-Dekel
Yoichiro Okutani
Keiko Okawa
Young-chang Hwang
Yoichiro Okutani
Yoichiro Okutani

A background study of a dying amusement culture, filmed in slovenly dressing rooms in front of badly polished make-up mirrors. – Director Yoichiro Okutani follows the Odoriko, the Japanese strippers, through their daily routine between dressing and undressing, between pragmatic approaches to life and eroticism made fit for the stage. Okutani’s cut begins naked: A nude woman descends a staircase, filmed not to advantage but with the brutal ordinariness of routine. One production year and five minutes lie between this – Okutani’s – director’s cut and Mary Stephen’s editor’s cut “Nude at Heart”. But how much more?

Sylvia Görke
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Sense and Being
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Only the Earth and the Mountains

Only the Earth and the Mountains
Elleni Sclavenitis
International Competition Short Film 2021
Documentary Film
USA
2020
29 minutes
English
subtitles: 
None

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Elleni Sclavenitis
Elleni Sclavenitis
Elleni Sclavenitis
Elleni Sclavenitis
Elleni Sclavenitis

The Sand Creek Massacre on 29 November 1864: More than 200 Cheyenne and Arapaho were murdered by the U.S. Cavalry. Ignorant hand-downs from the past and the omnipresence of statues glorifying murderers are juxtaposed with an empty museum of indigenous history for which there is no funding. This film against forgetting by a white female director also examines its own position: she talks frankly with descendants of the survivors – many of whom are choosing a scientific approach to history.

Borjana Gaković
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State of the World
Redistribution and Having a Say
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Reeducated

Reeducated
Sam Wolson
Extended Reality 2021
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Kazakhstan,
USA
2021
21 minutes
English,
Kazakh

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Sam Wolson
Ben Mauk
Sam Wolson
Nicholas Rubin
Matt Huynh
Sam Wolson
Nicholas Rubin
Ben Mauk
Amanzhan Seituly
Erbaqyt Otarbai
Orynbek Koksebek
Jon Bernson
Nicholas Rubin
Ben Mauk
Jon Bernson
Nicholas Rubin
Matt Huynh
Matt Huynh
Soo-Jeong Kang
Monica Racic
Matt Huynh

In spring 2017, authorities in China’s Xinjiang region, without any legal basis, began detaining thousands of Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other predominantly Muslim minorities in so-called re-education camps. This animated 360° film reconstructs the memories of three men who had to endure political indoctrination, torture and solitary confinement.

Lars Rummel
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Redistribution and Having a Say
State of the World
International Competition 2020
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The Annotated Field Guide of Ulysses S. Grant Jim Finn
The American Civil War dissected: a distinctive 16mm film and animated war board games reveal a divided nation full of rebels.
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The Annotated Field Guide of Ulysses S. Grant

The Annotated Field Guide of Ulysses S. Grant
Jim Finn
International Competition 2020
Documentary Film
USA
2020
61 minutes
English
subtitles: 
None

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Jim Finn
Cat Mazza
Jim Finn
Jim Finn
Jim Finn
Dean De Matteis
Jim Finn
Alexander Panos
Jesse Stiles
Colleen Burke

Numerous films deal with the American Civil War, which raged between the northern Union States and the southern Confederate States from 1861 to 1865. One general who rose to become a war icon and the 18th president of the United States was Ulysses S. Grant. Director Jim Finn uses board games to reconstruct the battles and documents a divided nation full of rebellious factions.

“Bloody Pond” or “The Flaming Forest” are the names given to places below the Mason-Dixon Line where many cruel and confusing clashes took place within a few years. Today only cemeteries, memorial plaques, wax museums and obelisks bear witness to episodes of the war that was to be of such vital importance for the shape of the USA today. Jim Finn’s 16mm shots are a detailed inspection of various stations to which he adds macabre anecdotes and trenchant descriptions. Statesmen, ideologists and warlords haunt the forests, ruins and riverbanks here – like the incidences of light which make the footage light up time and again. There is beauty in these images, in the trickling synthesizer melodies, too, or in the stop motion animations of complicated board games. This beauty has little in common with the dark underpinning of this conflict: deep-seated racism and an adamant belief in the right to own slaves.
Carolin Weidner
Nominated for Prize of the Interreligious Jury, FIPRESCI Prize
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Zustand der Welt
Poesie und Grenzgänge
Rural vs. Urban
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International Competition 2021
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The Great Basin Chivas DeVinck
The curious and the harrowing in the sparsely populated desert of Nevada with its subterranean water reservoirs. An atmospheric film about how freedom is defined in the US.
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The Great Basin

The Great Basin
Chivas DeVinck
International Competition 2021
Documentary Film
USA
2021
92 minutes
English,
Spanish
subtitles: 
French, English

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Chivas DeVinck
Chivas DeVinck
Yoshio Kitagawa
Matthieu Laclau
Yann-Shan Tsai
Wen-Kai Hung
Danfeng Li
Felicia Atkinson

Chivas DeVinck works his way up from the soil to the stars to find out what constitutes Nevada outside of Las Vegas. Milieus, places and people are intertwined in a collage. The magnetic core of the whole is the subterranean water from which everything seems to grow and for which everyone strives. What looks like an arid desert landscape or a sleepy little town from afar, turns out on closer inspection to be an atmospheric representation of the rural U.S.

Just before the COVID pandemic brought the whole world to a standstill, DeVinck captures the curious, the mundane and the harrowing in White Pine County in eastern Nevada. There are well-nigh endless community meetings about dog-keeping issues, and farmers who talk to their Peruvian shepherds in appalling Spanglish. There are droning radio shows nobody may listen to anyway, and special church services for sex workers. But people are also preoccupied with explosive political issues: the distribution of water supplies in the arid region, the thirty-year dispute over the construction of a water pipeline to Las Vegas, the continuing discrimination against the indigenous people. Resonating in all this is the myth of the US concept of freedom, manifesting itself in gun possession, the idea of every man for himself and an unwavering faith in the healing powers of capitalism.
Kim Busch
Nominated for Prize of the Interreligious Jury, FIPRESCI Prize
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Rural vs. Urban
Small Worlds, Big People
International Competition 2020
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Truth or Consequences Hannah Jayanti
A privately operated spaceport in the desert of New Mexico inspires dreams of tourism to new worlds. In the nearby small town, life plans are more modest.
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Truth or Consequences

Truth or Consequences
Hannah Jayanti
International Competition 2020
Documentary Film
USA
2020
103 minutes
English
subtitles: 
None

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Hannah Jayanti
Sara Archambault
Hannah Jayanti
Alexander Porter
Alexander Porter
Hannah Jayanti
Hannah Jayanti
Scott Hirsch
Bill Frisell

Forty kilometres outside the small town of Truth or Consequences in New Mexico, in the middle of the desert, lies “Spaceport America”, the first private space mission launch centre. People there have been dreaming of tourism in space for the past decade. Hannah Jayanti observes the people of the town who live in the shadow of such great ideas. She tells of tiger bites and scrap collectors, of sparkling stones, of trailer life and how painfully the past still affects the present.

What starts out as a tale about humanity’s great plans gradually turns into one of the dreams and stumbling blocks of human beings. Step by step, the film approaches its characters and unfurls into a reflection of what remains of a life. In addition to documentary and historical footage, the director also uses virtual reality techniques. When the camera travels through 3D simulations of empty streets and houses you feel that something long gone is made tangible again – like an expedition to a ghost town, at a time when the population will have long since left the planet in spaceships. But the created images remain patchy, the objects are captured only in spots, almost as if this was a map of the stars.
Marie Kloos
Nominated for Prize of the Interreligious Jury, FIPRESCI Prize
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Rural vs. Urban
Zustand der Welt
Poesie und Grenzgänge
Natur in Bearbeitung
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