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1813 – Gott mit uns

Animated Film
Germany
2013
3 minutes

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Sandra Strauß
Schwarwel
Ludwig van Beethoven
Thomas Reichl
Schwarwel, Dirk Reddig
Schwarwel
Maik Hartung
In October 1813, the decisive battle in the wars of liberation against Napoleon’s foreign rule – the Battle of the Nations – took place near Leipzig. More than 92,000 of the roughly 600,000 soldiers from over a dozen nations lead into this battle were killed or wounded. A typhus epidemic following the battle claimed many more victims among Leipzig’s civilian population. This fully animated film by Leipzig-born comic strip artist Schwarwel shows these victims, the war, destruction and suffering. “1813 – God With Us” is a film to promote community.
Focus Saxony 2013
Blaubeeren – Cerne jagody Maja Nagel, Julius Günzel

About gathering blueberries and the disappearance of a whole region. A poetic observation from the Lusatia region.

Blaubeeren – Cerne jagody

Documentary Film
Germany
2013
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Maja Nagel, Julius Günzel, Filmpunktart
Maja Nagel, Julius Günzel
Falk Joost
Julius Günzel
Julius Günzel, Maja Nagel
Maja Nagel, Julius Günzel
Frieder Zimmerman
A poetic documentary about collecting blueberries and the disappearance of a whole region. It’s the story of Edith and Christian Penksowie from the village of Rohde, situated in the middle of Muskau heath, a nature preserve in Lusatia. The inhabitants of this region have always lived in harmony with nature and their Sorbian traditions. But the forests are gradually displaced by open cast coal mining and the villages and people are following them.

Die schöne Anna-Lena

Animated Film
Germany
2013
4 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Grit Wißkirchen, Balance Film
Ralf Kukula
Frieder Zimmermann
Francie Liebschner, Jan Mildner, Tom Böhm, Antje Gleißberg
Stefan Urlaß
Leonore Poth
Wilfried von Bredow
In raw and unvarnished images the film shows little blonde Anna-Lena, prancing around in her pink child’s world and getting on her parents’ nerves, because Anna-Lena absolutely refuses to play outside. She’s afraid of dirt and prefers to clean house all day, full of herself and nothing else. In in a drama straight out of Shock-Headed Peter, the 4-minute animation shows the pretty little girl’s transformation into her ideal: a soft, pink, albeit lifeless and stiff puppet. Her parents are watching the sinister process helplessly and even the doctor is running out of options.

Repräsent

Documentary Film
Germany
2013
25 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Leonore Kasper
Leonore Kasper
Thomas Bär
Leonore Kasper
Georg Waldmann
Gregor Pfeffer
This film takes a look at the controversial Roma Kwiek family. We meet family members in Warsaw, Stockholm and Mannheim, all of whom have their own ways of dealing with their identity, the dubious reputation associated with their name, and the stigmatization of the Roma. As non-representative members of the Kwiek family they are exposed to a view from outside that reproduces social prejudice. “Repräsent” asks what this view reveals about the persons behind the camera and to what extent the individual can represent the entirety in the first place.

Sommer in Kommeno

Documentary Film
Germany
2013
15 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Jörg-Peter Bauer, Studio Klarheit Filmproduktion
Nanina Bauer
Günter “Baby” Sommer
Lars dos Santos Drawert, Nanina Bauer
Jörg-Peter Bauer
The encounter between the farmer Maria Labri and the German free jazz musician Günter “Baby” Sommer in Kommeno, a village in the northwest of the Greek mainland. Sommer composes the “Songs for Kommeno” for the village because he is deeply moved by its fate. In 1943 it was invaded by the German Wehrmacht who gratuitously killed its inhabitants, among them many children. Maria Labri is a survivor of the massacre. Her lament, a Miroloi, flows into Sommer’s composition.