Film Archive

10 Years Smart

Animated Film
Germany
2008
0

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Stephan Reinsch, Sehsucht
NHB, Gerret Frerichs, Wenke Kleine-Benne
Hannes Geiger, Timo Schädel, Niko Tziopanos
BBDO Duesseldorf / Smart

117

Documentary Film
Yugoslavia
1976
19 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Adil Begolli
Besim Sahatçiu
Afrim Spahiu
Mentor Kaçi
Winner of the Grand Prix at the 1978 Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival, this is one of the finest examples of ethnographic film from this region and certainly the best ethnographic documentary to come from Kosovo in a long time. Shot in the Kosovar village of Nevokaze, it depicts the traditional lifestyle of an Albanian family numbering 117 members, all living under one roof and in great harmony. Hailed by critics as the “spiritual portrait of the nation” it marked a turning point in Kosovar documentary cinema by introducing high aesthetical values never before seen in Kosovo’s film history.
Veton Nurkollari

1717 Kilometers of Summer 2009

Documentary Film
Bosnia-Herzegovina,
Croatia,
Serbia,
Slovenia,
Kosovo,
Montenegro
2010
27 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Jurij Meden, KINO!
Jurij Meden
Vlado Škafar, Jurij Meden
Jurij Meden
Jurij Meden
A personal summer travelogue through non-personal memories, collective personal ideals, and personal collective collectives. An old, once-upon-a-time country, reborn and undone in the blink of an eye. A youthful, romantic drive through bleak squares, forgotten roads, and reconstructed dreams. A poem.
Kumjana Novakova
Country Focus Ex-Yu 2014
1973 Stefan Ivančić

“On (your) road made of flowers and sun, in a garden of gentle lovers, an eternal song remains …” In the life of a man who cherishes the sun, the garden and this song.

1973

Documentary Film
Serbia
2014
33 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Stefan Ivančić
Stefan Ivančić
Stefan Ivančić
Jelena Maksimović
Luka Bare Barajević
“On (your) road made of flowers and sun, in a garden of gentle lovers, an eternal song remains …” In the life of a man who cherishes the sun, the garden and this song. On the banks of a river. The Danube. A song from the 1970s … from 1973.
Kumjana Novakova
Neue Deutsche Animation 2014
1989 – Unsere Heimat, das sind nicht nur die Städte und Dörfer Tommy Schwarwel

The story of the “Peaceful Revolution”, which saw its turning point at the Monday demonstration in Leipzig on October 9, 1989, is told by two protagonists who are archetypes of the late GDR.

1989 – Unsere Heimat, das sind nicht nur die Städte und Dörfer

Animated Film
Germany
2014
13 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Sandra Strauß, Tommy Schwarwel
Tommy Schwarwel
Hans Naumilkat, Hanns Eisler
Thomas Reichl
Tommy Schwarwel, Dirk Reddig
Tommy Schwarwel
Maik Hartung
The story of the “Peaceful Revolution”, which saw its turning point at the Monday demonstration in Leipzig on October 9, 1989, is told by two protagonists who are archetypes of the late GDR.
Homage Shelly Silver 2014
37 Stories About Leaving Home Shelly Silver

An intimate portrait of a group of Japanese women between the ages of 15 and 82. They talk about their lives, what separates and unites daughters, mothers and grandmothers.

37 Stories About Leaving Home

Documentary Film
USA
1996
52 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Shelly Silver
Lefdup & Lefdup
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver, Daiho Tsuruoko
Shelly Silver
Bill Seery, Mercer Street Sound
An intimate portrait of a group of Japanese women between the ages of 15 and 82. They talk about their lives, what separates and unites daughters, mothers and grandmothers, and how each of them at different times experienced the act of stepping out into the world and society. A complex web of childhood memories, banalities and a magical and cruel Japanese folk tale about a mother’s search for her daughter, who was abducted by a monster on the eve of her wedding.
Ralph Eue
Homage Shelly Silver 2014
5 Lessons and 9 Questions About Chinatown Shelly Silver

“You live somewhere, walk down the same street fifty, a hundred, ten thousand times, each time taking in fragments, but never fully registering THE PLACE ..."

5 Lessons and 9 Questions About Chinatown

Documentary Film
USA
2009
10 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Karin Chien
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver
Ian Stynes, Great City Productions
“You live somewhere, walk down the same street fifty, a hundred, ten thousand times, each time taking in fragments, but never fully registering THE PLACE. Years, decades go by and you continue, unseeing, possibly unseen.
A building comes down, and before the next one is up you ask yourself, 'What used to be there?' You are only vaguely aware of the district's shifting patterns and the sense that, since the 19th century, wave after wave of inhabitants have moved through and transformed these alleyways, tenements, stoops and shops.
10 square blocks, past, present, future, time, light, movement, immigration, exclusion, gentrification, racism, history, China, America, 3 languages, 13 voices, 152 years, 17,820 frames, 9 minutes, 54 seconds, 9 questions, 5 lessons. Chinatown.” (Shelly Silver)

A Blue Room

Animated Film
France,
Poland
2014
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Ron Dyens
Tomasz Siwiński
Rémi Boubal
Tomasz Siwiński
Tomasz Siwiński
Tomasz Siwiński
Tomasz Siwiński
Lionel Guenoun
A man is in a coma. In his mind he wakes up in a room where a window is the only link to the world outside. He can’t open it, but he sees persons and events from his life move past outside.
Country Focus Ex-Yu 2014
A Day on the Drina Ines Tanović

In this cinema vérité film without words, the Bosnian director follows an ordinary workers’ day. Their job ultimately shapes the destiny of thousands who are still waiting to bury their loved ones murdered in the last war.

A Day on the Drina

Documentary Film
Bosnia-Herzegovina
2012
17 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Alem Babić, Dokument
Ines Tanović
Almir Đikoli
Nijaz Kožljak
Ines Tanović
In this cinema vérité film without words, the Bosnian director follows an ordinary workers’ day. Their job ultimately shapes the destiny of thousands who are still waiting to bury their loved ones murdered in the last war. The author is equally involved and calm and observant, leaving room for contemplation.
Rada Šešić
International Programme 2014
A Goat For a Vote Jeroen van Velzen

Student elections in rural Kenya. What do the candidates stand for? Who cares? It’s about prestige, and “little somethings” they distribute to the electorate. A basic course in democracy.

A Goat For a Vote

Documentary Film
Kenya,
Netherlands
2013
52 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Hasse van Nunen, Maarten van der Ven
Jeroen van Velzen
Alex Boon
Stef Tijdink
Daan Wijdeveld
Jeroen van Velzen
Robil Rahantoeknam
Let’s look at how democratic processes are practiced at a student election in rural Kenya: What exactly does the student representative do? Who cares. The point is the office, the prestige, the start of individual careers. The candidates: Magdalena, who traditionally has a tough stand as the only female candidate. Harry, who is dirt poor. To finance his campaign he sells fish and coconuts on the market. Said the charmer, who wants to be an army general. He is already a strategist: a photo call with the deputy who is made to stand a step behind him, putting up posters, asking relatives for money. And then this seductive smile! They all know that the only way to win is through campaign gifts. Or let’s call them by their real name, like Magdalena’s grandmother: bribes. So they distribute candy and “little somethings”. Harry even manages to wheedle a goat out of his relatives. Meat for all! Only Magdalena talks about content – which is why she will lose …
What does this teach us? School as a social microcosm teaches what promises to be successful. If the way there is through corruption, that’s a daily experience in many countries. What did they say at the beginning of the film? “The best way to understand our society is to look at one’s children”. In this sense: A vote for a goat!
Matthias Heeder
International Programme 2014
A House in Fog Mokhtar Namdar

A woman alone in an old manor in the Iranian mountains. A simple life of hard work and caring for animals, painted in the warmest colours. But this idyll has enemies …

A House in Fog

Documentary Film
Iran
2014
27 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Javad Zahiri
Mokhtar Namdar
Mohammad Rasouli
Emad Khodabakhsh
Mokhtar Namdar
Mehdi Sadeghi, Ali Hasanzadeh
Of course the house is far too big for one person. The 100-year old mansion handed down through generations still looks majestic in this idyllic hilly landscape somewhere in Iran, despite its decrepitude. Nowadays it has only one inhabitant, Soraiia Hassani, who runs and maintains it. She needs nobody else, since she has the animals and the daily chores that make her life meaningful.
The camera paints this life in the warmest colours, finding or inventing in casual arrangements images that are closer to painting than photography. Dark colours dominate and yet there is no feeling of loneliness. Such a life becomes imaginable. Soraiia seems to miss no one, or perhaps only those who are already dead. But every paradise has its enemies. Is it the public welfare office or the law, is it her secret or is it the ghosts of the past that don’t trust Soraiia to be able to live this hermit’s life, only because she is a woman?
Cornelia Klauß
Homage Jon Bang Carlsen 2014
Addicted to Solitude Jon Bang Carlsen

“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. And so are films.” This statement, which opens “Addicted to Solitude”, indicates its direction: there is none.

Addicted to Solitude

Documentary Film
Denmark
1999
60 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jon Bang Carlsen
Jon Bang Carlsen
Frédéric Chopin, Johann Strauss
Jon Bang Carlsen
Haley Morris-Hohls
Jon Bang Carlsen
“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. And so are films.” This statement, which opens “Addicted to Solitude”, indicates its direction: there is none. The plan was to make a film about South Africa a few years after the end of Apartheid. But somewhere along the way the director lost the original story. What’s left is the research material, which Bang Carlsen turned into a travel diary and undoubtedly one of his most personal films. On the backdrop of the tragic story of two women belonging to the white community somewhere in remote rural South Africa, the ghosts of the past and the fears of the future come alive. But the traveller’s privilege is that he need not pretend to belong to any side. And this freedom enables Bang Carlsen to take a look at the ongoing transition that lays bare the most deep-seated emotional insecurity. White rule was based on voluntary loneliness caused by the exclusion of the black population. They got rid of the rule. The loneliness is still there.
Matthias Heeder