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Kids DOK 2020
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Der kleine Vogel und die Bienen Lena von Döhren
What’s this? The little bird wonders about its buzzing neighbour and stumbles after the bee across the meadows. But watch out, the fox is already lurking behind a tree!
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The Little Bird and the Bees

Der kleine Vogel und die Bienen
Lena von Döhren
Kids DOK 2020
Animated Film
Switzerland
2020
4 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Lena von Döhren
Gerd Gockell
SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
Georg Gruber
Lena von Döhren
Lena von Döhren
Fee Liechti
Martin Waespe

It’s spring and the little bird discovers the first leaves on his tree. Already the buds open and the bee comes buzzing. Curious, the little bird stumbles after it and almost overlooks the fox who is growling hungrily again. After the farting caterpillar last year, the bird can now be happy about a new companion.

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Witty
Audience Award Competition 2021
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Dida Nikola Ilić, Corina Schwingruber Ilić
Nikola lives between two countries and three women: mother, wife and grandmother. When big changes lie ahead, the roles are redistributed. With great charm and humour.
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Dida

Dida
Nikola Ilić, Corina Schwingruber Ilić
Competition for the Audience Award 2021
Documentary Film
Switzerland
2021
78 minutes
Serbian,
German
subtitles: 
English

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Nikola Ilić
Corina Schwingruber Ilić
Franziska Sonder
Karin Koch
Raffaella Pontarelli
Nikola Ilić
Corina Schwingruber Ilić
Pablo Ferro Živanović
Myriam Flury
Heidi Happy
Vladimir Rakić
Ivan Antić

Nikola is a son, husband and grandson who teams up with his wife Corina to make a film about this. At its centre is his mother Dida who, due to a learning disability, has always been dependent on Nikola’s grandmother and lives with her in a small two-room flat. So far, so good. But Granny is getting old and Dida longs for independence. So it’s up to Nikola, who suddenly finds himself in charge. A charming look at a family in transition.

It’s a constant back and forth, as the couple live in Switzerland while mother Dida and Granny Dobrila live in Belgrade. No sooner have Corina and Nikola stepped out of the bus in one place when they find themselves on the return journey. Or is it the outward journey? Grandmother and daughter are a functional-dysfunctional team – one of them the brain, the other the executing body. The fact that Dida is much more than a shadow of her carer becomes apparent when Dobrila increasingly withdraws into an observer’s position. How can the grandson take over his grandmother’s duties without trading his own independence for that of his mother? The two directors succeed in making a touching film about the inescapable changes in their family without slipping into heaviness, working with lots of humour and a camera that seems to be present under any circumstances.
Kim Busch
Nominated for MDR Film Prize
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Small Worlds, Big People
Family Ties
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Fulesee

Fulesee
Christina Benz
International Competition Short Film 2020
Animated Film
Switzerland
2019
4 minutes
Swiss German
subtitles: 
English

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Christina Benz
Marco Leisi
Gabriela Bloch Steinmann
Christina Benz
Patric Marino
Christina Benz
Christina Benz
Christine Rüfenacht
Christof Steinmann
Oli Kuster

With darkness comes fear, and with fear the light disappears. During a dive together, sunken memories rise in “him”. And just like the process of sedimentation, when the lake “rots”, the open water becomes a swamp. Growing anxiety accelerates the breath to the rhythm of the increasingly intense lyrical language. Meanwhile the power of the vortices and expressive Swiss-German tone serve to tint and shape this captivatingly graphical sand animation.

André Eckardt
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Small Worlds, Big People
Poesie und Grenzgänge
Sinn und Sein
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Re-Visions 2020
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Grüezi Jonas Raeber
A plaid man, a friendly hello, a praise of travelling to the South – followed by an animated escalation of everything that long needed to be said.
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Hello

Grüezi
Jonas Raeber
Re-Visions 2020
Animated Film
Switzerland
1995
3 minutes
Swiss German
subtitles: 
German

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Jonas Raeber
Jonas Raeber
SWAMP Animation Luzern
Jonas Raeber
Jonas Raeber
Daniel Bühler

A short yes and a long but. A man in a plaid shirt says a friendly hello and rhapsodizes about travelling to southern countries. But when he returns, he finds those southern foreigners have been swept, yes, into Switzerland. That’s not good. Not good at all! Every sentence fires up the next. The longer his hate-rant lasts, the redder and madder the otherwise friendly plaid man grows.

Ralph Eue
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Zustand der Welt
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In Nature

Dans la nature
Marcel Barelli
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film 2021
Animated Film
Switzerland
2021
5 minutes
French
subtitles: 
English

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Marcel Barelli
Nicolas Burlet
Marcel Barelli
Marcel Barelli
Jérôme Vittoz

Animals have no “LGBTQIA*”, they simply are and do, practicing gender, sexuality and family constellations according to desire and necessity. There is still a lot to discover here, as Marcel Barelli reports. He went stalking, observing and listening closely. Briskly animated and wittily narrated, he tells of fantastic zoological caprices and miraculous relationships.

André Eckardt
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award
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Love/Without Love
Witty
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Once I Entered a Garden

Pa’am nikhnasti legan
Avi Mograbi
Homage Avi Mograbi 2021
Documentary Film
Israel,
Switzerland,
France
2012
99 minutes
Arabic,
Hebrew
subtitles: 
English

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Avi Mograbi
Serge Lalou
Samir
Avi Mograbi
Avi Mograbi
Avi Mograbi
Noam Enbar
Phillipe Bellaïche
Rainer M. Trinkler
Noam Enbar
Florian Eidenbenz

Avi Mograbi met his grandfather in a dream. The setting: Damascus, 1920. Would the two have spoken Arabic or Hebrew at this impossible encounter? It’s amazing that they were able to communicate at all! For Mograbi barely speaks Arabic, and his grandfather only learned Ivrit later. Another impossible conversation begins in his friend Ali Al-Azhari’s flat: between Avi, the Jew, and Ali, the Palestinian. Their lively, affectionate exchange about ancestors, vocabularies and dreams is supposed to prepare for a film that ends up not being made. But since the footage has already been shot, why not use it to tackle a new Israeli-Palestine reality?

Sylvia Görke
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State of the World
Kids DOK 2020
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Souvenir Paloma Canonica, Cristina Vilches Estella
Father and daughter climb up high, glide through water, travel over land, fly through the air and into space. A film about collecting souvenirs.
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Souvenir

Souvenir
Paloma Canonica, Cristina Vilches Estella
Kids DOK 2020
Animated Film
Spain,
Switzerland
2020
14 minutes
without dialogue
subtitles: 
None

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Paloma Canonica
Cristina Vilches Estella
Cristina Vilches Estella
Paloma Canonica
Cristina Vilches Estella
Sofía Oriana Infante
Cristina Vilches Estella
Eric Martín Álvarez
Paloma Canonica
Cristina Vilches Estella
Cristina Vilches Estella
Alicia Bayona Casas
Paloma Canonica
Alicia Bayona Casas
Cristina Vilches Estella
Paloma Canonica

The day begins for father and daughter. They climb beyond their treehouse, glide over and under water, cross blooming landscapes, travel through the air and fly on into space. By ship, bicycle, balloon or on foot. A film about travelling, collecting souvenirs in passing and the question of what’s left at the end of a life.

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Poesie und Grenzgänge
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Their Algeria

Leur Algérie
Lina Soualem
International Competition 2020
Documentary Film
Algeria,
France,
Switzerland,
Qatar
2020
70 minutes
Arabic,
French
subtitles: 
English

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Lina Soualem
Marie Balducchi
Karima Chouikh
Palmyre Badinier
Anna Berthollet
Gladys Joujou
Julie Tribout
Rémi Durel

After 62 years of marriage Aïcha Soualem is on her own again. Mabrouk, whom she has left, is nevertheless supplied by her daily with food and sugar cubes. Director Lina Soualem is interested in the relationship between her grandparents, who, as the last remaining Algerians in Thiers, France, look back on an eventful past. An empathic investigation all the way back to their native village of Laaouamer which leaves room for ambiguous emotions.

“Soualem” is the password which not only enables Lina Soualem to unlock the tiny, snow-covered village full of cousins in Algeria, which her grandparents left a long time ago. In a sense, “Soualem” is also the title of this gentle investigation of a granddaughter. And Laaouamer, that little place in Algeria, is only the final destination of a long journey which may be narrated via geographical coordinates but interweaves them closely with biographical and emotional ones. Aïcha and Mabrouk rarely talk about themselves. Instead, self-affixed wall badges speak: “The world’s best mom lives here” or “Welcome to the world’s best grandma’s”. To learn more about the couple, whose lives were shaped by French colonialism, Lina Soualem uses private photos and videos. Her investigation is full of love: persistent, but never prying.
Carolin Weidner
Nominated for Prize of the Interreligious Jury, FIPRESCI Prize
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Family Ties
Rural vs. Urban
Liebe/ ohne Liebe
Small Worlds, Big People
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