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A New Shift

Nová šichta
Jindřich Andrš
Competition for the Audience Award 2020
Documentary Film
Czech Republic
2020
90 minutes
Czech
subtitles: 
German Subtitles for deaf and hard-of-hearing, English

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Jindřich Andrš
Miloš Lochman
Augustina Micková
Studio Bystrouška
Czech Television
Tomáš Frkal
Jindřich Andrš
Lukáš Janičík
Šimon Herrmann
Eliška Cílková

For Tomáš the mine is the centre of his life, along with soccer, his kids and the cosy after-work beer. The 44-year-old has worked as a miner for 21 years, until the mine was closed down for economic reasons. Tomáš then re-trains as a coder in the appropriately named educational programme “New Shift”. What he doesn’t know yet is that his new skills alone won’t get him out of the crisis. A film about a tug-of-war with fate and the employment market.

In the constant ups and downs of looking for a job Tomáš shows impressive stamina, despite critical voices around him. His hopeful attitude repeatedly gets him in the local news as a positive example of successful reintegration – long before success is even remotely on the horizon. Jindřich Andrš’ first feature-length film is an equally quiet and thrilling observation. He gently follows his loveable protagonist and manages to present the tricky job situation with dignity and empathy. What emerges clearly is that unemployment and lack of jobs have long ceased to be phenomena that only occur on the fringes of our societies. They are part of a normality that the majority of people must cope with.
Kim Busch
Nominated for MDR Film Prize
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Umverteilen und Mitreden
Zustand der Welt
Small Worlds, Big People
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Re-Visions 2020
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Carnival of Animals Michaela Pavlátová
Two different planets: men and women. What used to be one in paradise was divided a long time ago by original sin. But the world is consumed with longing for a reunion.
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Carnival of Animals

Karneval zvířat
Michaela Pavlátová
Re-Visions 2020
Animated Film
Czech Republic
2006
9 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Michaela Pavlátová
Negativ Film Productions
Michaela Pavlátová
Michaela Pavlátová
Michaela Pavlátová
Michaela Pavlátová

Two different planets: men and women. What used to be one in paradise was divided by original sin. Ever since then, the sexes have been facing each other in conflict, all the while consumed with longing for a reunion. Expectations are high, the excitement is immense, the imagination is boundless. A day in the garden of carnal delights – from ecstasy to exhaustion and back.

Ralph Eue
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Poesie und Grenzgänge
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Die Odyssee

Die Odyssee
Florence Miailhe
Competition for the Audience Award 2021
Animated Film
Germany,
Czech Republic,
France
2020
84 minutes
German
subtitles: 
English

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Florence Miailhe
Dora Benoussilio
Luc Camilli
Ralf Kukula
Martin Vandas
Alena Vandasoá
Nassim Gordji Tehrani
Julie Dupré
Florian Marquardt
Marta Szymańska
Zuzana Studená
Anna Paděrová
Eva Skurská
Polina Kazak
Lucie Sunková
Urte Zintler
Paola de Sousa
Ewa Łuczków
Anita Brüvere
Aurore Peuffier
David Martin
Marie Juin
Valentine Delqueux
Andreas Moisa
Philipp Kümpel
Florence Miailhe
Marie Desplechin
Aline Helmcke

A country that could be anywhere, not precisely localized and yet everywhere. It’s a beautiful summer’s day when the life of siblings Kyona and Adriel changes forever. Their village is raided, destroyed and set on fire. The whole family is forced to flee and experiences many real and surreal situations on their tracks across a whole continent to finally arrive, perhaps, at a more peaceful place.

At the start of the film, Kyona leafs through a sketchbook, takes stock of her life and talks about the end of her childhood. It is only later that the siblings even realize that they are refugees, that like many others they are making their way to the border for a variety of reasons: natural disasters, the consequences of climate change, war, persecution. The two children come across dangerous and helpful people, are separated and find each other again. This feature-length animation, realized in oil on glass, relies on the rapid interplay between fantasy and reality, taking us, on the one hand, into a fictitious, non-real world. But on the other hand, the places, names, situations remind us of familiar things. They show fleeing, exile, setting out as a universal experience.
Lina Dinkla
Nominated for Gedanken Aufschluss Prize
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Exile
Migration
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Fluid Life

Život na vodě
Zora Čápová
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2021
Documentary Film
Czech Republic
2020
6 minutes
Czech
subtitles: 
English

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Zora Čápová
Ondřej Šejnoha
Tomáš Šťastný
Ondřej Nuslauer
Jáchym Vanc
Daniel Habart
Anna Petruželová

Everything splashes in this poetic portrait sketch: the rain on the roof, the dog in the puddle, the grandchildren in the kiddie pool and the protagonist in the river Vltava. A middle-aged woman has lovingly converted a freighter into a house boat. The film captures her daily life in impressionistic, analogue aesthetics, from morning coffee in her bathrobe to the last cigarette on deck at dusk. She seems to have fulfilled a wish – a life by and in the river.

Jan-Philipp Kohlmann
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Small Worlds, Big People
Family Ties
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Ilios

Ilios
Marcel Karnapke, Mika Johnson
Extended Reality 2020
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Germany,
Czech Republic
2020
9 minutes
English,
German

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Marcel Karnapke
Mika Johnson
Marcel Karnapke
Jackson Bierfeldt
Mika Johnson
Mika Johnson
Jackson Bierfeldt
Marcel Karnapke

When the artist duo Karnapke and Johnson are separated by Covid-19 in the middle of a project, the result is a correspondence about the constant change we live in. The VR experience based on this is a walk-in meditation: about reality, about normality and about the signs that distinguish the rule from the exception, visualized in a space made of countless particles.

Lars Rummel
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Love, Dad

Love, Dad
Diana Cam Van Nguyen
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2021
Animated Film
Czech Republic,
Slovakia
2021
13 minutes
Czech
subtitles: 
English

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Diana Cam Van Nguyen
Karolína Davidová
Jakub Viktorín
Tomáš Šimon
Luce Grosjean
Viera Marinová
Diana Cam Van Nguyen
Vojtěch Domlátil
Viera Marinová
David Štumpf
Lukáš Janičík
Matěj Piňos
Kryštof Melka
Barbora Halířová
Diana Cam Van Nguyen
Lukáš Janičík

After a long time, a young woman once again holds letters in her hand that her father wrote her fifteen years ago when he was in prison. His words are full of love and affection: Never again were they to be that close, the daughter sums up today. What happened? This is what she tries to answer in a letter to him, writing down what couldn’t be said until now. The complex relationship between father and daughter in the form of a fragmentary animation.

Lina Dinkla
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Sense and Being
Family Ties
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The Cars We Drove into Capitalism

The Cars We Drove into Capitalism
Georgi Bogdanov, Boris Missirkov
Competition for the Audience Award 2021
Documentary Film
Bulgaria,
Germany,
Denmark,
Croatia,
Czech Republic
2021
93 minutes
Bulgarian,
German,
Norwegian,
Czech,
Russian,
English
subtitles: 
English

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Georgi Bogdanov
Boris Missirkov
Martichka Bozhilova
Tina Leeb
Miljenka Čogelja
Dana Budisavljević
Jiří Konečný
Sigrid Jonsson Dyekjær
Sascha Beier
Simone Baumann
Boris Missirkov
Georgi Bogdanov
Boris Missirkov
Georgi Bogdanov
Emil Granicharov
Jacob Thuessen
Georgi Tenev
Veselin Zografov

A nostalgic trip into a past when buying a car constituted a lifetime’s work – especially for those Europeans who had a maximum of two handful of brands at their disposal. This cheerfully edited collection of auto biographies from socialist production evokes seemingly carefree times when the motorized vehicle was allowed to be simply a status symbol: free from ideological turf wars revolving around the climate crisis and mobility diets.

From Russia via Bulgaria and the Czech Republic to Germany and Norway, love stories between humans and Trabi, Moskvitch and Volga are captured on film. We meet protagonists who are fond of their beloved piece of tin, then or now, or have even amassed a considerable collection. There’s a couple who met and fell in love at a retro car exhibition and still drive the same model today. We meet a sexton who passes on his official car after 32 years of use. We make the acquaintance of a pin-up who always poses in front of vintage cars from the East. They all have a soft spot for these rickety rust buckets, because even though the products of the socialist car industry were usually slow, chunky, tedious to drive and to repair, they were all regarded as showpieces of a successful life. And there was one in almost every family: coveted, long longed-for, assiduously polished.
Lina Dinkla
Nominated for MDR Film Prize
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Witty
State of the World