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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
Laura Gamse
Laura Gamse

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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Redistribution and Having a Say
State of the World
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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
Todd Chandler
Danielle Varga

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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State of the World
Redistribution and Having a Say
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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
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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Redistribution and Having a Say
Intervening Nature
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
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
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
Frank 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
Love/Without Love
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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
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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State of the World
Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Rural vs. Urban
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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
Sara Archambault
Hannah Jayanti

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
State of the World
Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
Intervening Nature
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William Jefferson Wilderness

William Jefferson Wilderness
Ben Young
International Competition Short Film 2020
Documentary Film
UK,
USA
2020
6 minutes
English
subtitles: 
English

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Ben Young
Ben Young
Ben Young
Ben Young
Ben Young
Theo Watkins
Theo Watkins
Emily Wiles
Jack Eyres

An inventive examination of the legacy of the 1990s: In his experimental short film, Ben Young portrays the figure of the then U.S. president – whom he is said to have met once in person in Louisville, Kentucky – as a foil for the questionable political developments, the beginnings of a globalised world and a society marked by collective amnesia. The director’s intelligent, witty and very personal reckoning with Bill Clinton.

Borjana Gaković
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Poetry and Crossing Boundaries
State of the World
Redistribution and Having a Say
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