Film Archive

(Be)Longing

Documentary Film
France,
Portugal,
Switzerland
2014
77 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Luís Urbano
João Pedro Plácido
João Pedro Plácido
Pedro Marques
João Pedro Plácido, Laurence Ferreira Barbosa
Hugo Leitão
Uz, a hamlet in the north of Portugal, is home to about 50 people. Four generations, including the filmmaker João Pedro Plácido’s grandparents, so there’s reason to assume that he was emotionally involved with this project long before the first take was even a remote possibility. In Uz time passes as if clocks didn’t exist. Few things happen, lots of things are going on. The elements provide the rhythm. The story of village life over the course of a year develops organically between cattle drives, an overturned dung cart, harvest and the feast on the day the animals are slaughtered, between vespers and fireworks, confession and longing. The characters, too, develop quite naturally. There’s even a boy-meets-girl story which gradually emerges from the flow of events between Daniel, the youngest lad in this village community, and a young woman from nearby. It’s a touching moment when Daniel thinks about what kind of relationship a guy like him can probably expect from the future – that is “ordering” a Thai or Brazilian bride on the Internet. Even more touching is the fact that he (and the Brazilian or Thai) are spared this fate, at least for the time being. The film portrays people and events with sober tenderness, beautifully balanced between precise observation and sparing poetry.

Ralph Eue
Bodycheck 2015
1977 Peque Varela

The game of life is about playing a role. The best actor wins. There are rules for girls and boys, women and men. But what happens if you’re not allowed to play because you don’t fit in?

1977

Documentary Film
Spain,
UK
2007
8 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Gavin Humphries
Peque Varela
Natalie Holt
Neus Ollé-Soronellas
Fiona De Souza
Alejandra Jimenez, R. Vetusto, Kaori Hamilton
Peque Varela
Chu-li Shewring
The game of life is about playing a role. The best actor wins. There are rules for girls and boys, women and men. But what happens if you’re not allowed to play because you don’t fit in? How it feels to break out and make your own rules.

---Kim Busch
Animadoc From Hungary 2015
5 x 6 Meters Tamás Patrovits

This political cartoon uses audio recordings from a demonstration of radical right-wing protesters against the liberal government of the time. The characters hold the so-called Arpad-striped flag which has fascist connotations

2008

5 x 6 Meters

Animadoc
Hungary
2008
2 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Tamás Patrovits, Reanimation Studio
Tamás Patrovits
Tamás Patrovits
Tamás Patrovits
Tamás Patrovits
Tamás Patrovits
This political cartoon uses audio recordings from a demonstration of radical right-wing protesters against the liberal government of the time. The characters hold the so-called Arpad-striped flag which has fascist connotations. Part of an animated web series which was broadcast on a news site.

Anna Ida Orosz
International Programme 2015
8 Bullets Frank Ternier

A French expat businessman in Taipei with a hole in his head who is lost in thought is driven over the edge by his obsession: the smell of fried fish.

8 Bullets

Animated Film
France
2014
12 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Maud Martin
Frank Ternier
Zed
Frank Ternier, Shihhan Shaw, Laurent Moulin
Frédéric Duzan
A French expat businessman in Taipei with a hole in his head who is lost in thought is driven over the edge by his obsession: the smell of fried fish. In reality, he is chasing the scent of revenge, one that will be fiercely wreaked with 8 bullets.
Through different points of view and flashbacks that are entangled like the tentacles of an octopus a disjointed narrative is built around a core of muted lines, backgrounds and colours.

Victor Orozco
International Programme 2015
9 Days – From My Window in Aleppo Thomas Vroege, Floor van der Meulen

The photographer Issa Touma can’t leave is flat in Aleppo – there’s a fierce battle raging on his doorstep: Assad’s army against the insurgents, and then the IS enters the fray.

9 Days – From My Window in Aleppo

Documentary Film
Netherlands,
Syria
2015
13 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jos de Putter
Thomas Vroege, Floor van der Meulen
Issa Touma
Thomas Vroege, Floor van der Meulen
Issa Touma
Tom Jansen
The photographer Issa Touma can’t leave is flat in Aleppo – there’s a fierce battle raging on his doorstep: Assad’s army against the insurgents, and then the IS enters the fray. Issa points his camera at himself and, through the lowered blinds, out of the window, producing an authentic image that may seem familiar to people from conflict regions: televised news images, the sounds of real fighting outside and the “normality” of everyday life – the perversions of war.

Zaza Rusadze
Country Focus South Korea 2015
9 Muses of Star Empire Hark-joon Lee

The members of the Korean K-Pop group “9 Muses” dream of becoming global stars. To achieve this, the young women are willing to make sacrifices and suffer humiliations galore.

9 Muses of Star Empire

Documentary Film
South Korea
2012
82 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Suk-kee Lee, Min-chul Kim
Hark-joon Lee
Nine Muses
Yeon-taek Seo
Milena Z. Petrović
Hark-joon Lee, Dong-kyun Ko, Chan-mi Jung
Aleksandar Protić
The members of the Korean K-Pop group “9 Muses” dream of becoming global stars. To achieve this, the young women are willing to make sacrifices and suffer humiliations galore.

Television journalist Lee Hark-joon had exclusive access to the Star Empire agency, home of the “9 Muses”, for more than a year. He filmed the daily routines of endless rehearsals and castings, spiced with rivalry, jealousy, betrayals and small scandals. Lee takes a matter-of-fact look at the internal mechanisms of the Korean media and entertainment industry. Beyond Psy and his “Gangnam Style”, famous in the West, too, the film offers a rare look behind the scenes of a multi-billion dollar business that likes to play its cards close to its chest.

Mark Siegmund
International Programme 2015
A Baptism of Fire Jérôme Clément-Wilz

The lives of young war reporters who travel to crisis spots at their own expense and risk their lives to shoot the picture that will change everything. A precarious job.

A Baptism of Fire

Documentary Film
France
2015
58 minutes
subtitles: 
English
French

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Jérôme Caza – 2P2L
Jérôme Clément-Wilz
Jérôme Clément-Wilz
Ael Dallier Vega
Jérôme Clément-Wilz
Nowadays countless journalists and photographers are travelling the world to supply us with the latest news and images from conflict regions. Stories of heroic war reporters were often told in the cinema. Jérôme Clément-Wilz takes a different perspective: news journalism is an industry, too. Many freelance photographers, most of them young, travel to hotspots at their own expense – hoping to shoot the life-changing picture at the right place at the right time and sell it for a high price to the leading media or agencies. The film is an intimate observation of the lives of young French reporters that gives them the space to reflect on their work. Their dreams come true in the Arab Spring: their pictures make it to the cover pages of the biggest dailies. And yet Clément-Wilz avoids heroic pathos, concentrating instead on his young protagonists’ spirit of adventure and youthful recklessness on the one hand and on the tough business where there are no safety nets and where the ones who risk their lives most readily have the best chances of survival on the other. War reporter – a precarious job.

Zaza Rusadze

A Documentary Film

Animadoc
Poland
2015
7 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Marcin Malatyński
Marcin Podolec
Wiktoria Nowak
Marcin Podolec
Marcin Podolec
Marcin Podolec
Marcin Podolec
Marcin Podolec
What would a documentary about a man from Jarosław look like whose biography records no special events – while the big dramas happen on the television monitor? And yet this is life as lived: work, coffee, headache pills, vacations. A house that’s too big now that the children have moved out. Marcin Podolec in a touching way transfers his father’s life into the world of comics and creates a new genre in the process: the animated long term observation.

Lars Meyer
Animadoc From Hungary 2015
A Language Lesson Béla Vajda

A foreigner enrols in a language school to study Hungarian. Throughout the film, the stock sentences and blatant socialist slogans of the Hungarian textbook for foreigners are put into the slow-witted hero’s mouth.

1967

A Language Lesson

Animadoc
Hungary
1967
9 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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György Matolcsy, Pannonia Fim Studios
Béla Vajda
Csaba Nagy, György Pintér
János Czipauer
Béla Vajda
Péter Bársony
A foreigner enrols in a language school to study Hungarian. Throughout the film, the stock sentences and blatant socialist slogans of the Hungarian textbook for foreigners are put into the slow-witted hero’s mouth.

Anna Ida Orosz
Animadoc From Hungary 2015
A Story About N Péter Szoboszlay

The journey leads to the conservative interwar period of the 1940s, the terror of World War II, the Communist personality cult and the campaign to increase labour productivity of the 1950s.

1978

A Story About N

Animadoc
Hungary
1978
8 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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György Matolcsy, Pannonia Fim Studios
Péter Szoboszlay
Rudolf Tomsits
Csaba Nagy, Mária Neményi
János Czipauer
Péter Szoboszlay, Edit Szalay
Péter Szoboszlay
Béla Zsebényi
The history of Hungary in the 20th century is told through the collective experiences of the middle-aged generation of the 1970s. The journey leads to the conservative interwar period of the 1940s, the terror of World War II, the Communist personality cult and the campaign to increase labour productivity of the 1950s, and Hungary being “the happiest barrack in the socialist camp” from the 1960s on.

Anna Ida Orosz
Next Masters Wettbewerb 2015
A Summer Love Jean-François Lesage

Glaring neon lights, pounding Techno rhythms, lying in the grass, talking and dancing … the midsummer night’s dream of a group of adolescents, a sensuous feast.

A Summer Love

Documentary Film
Canada
2015
63 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jean-François Lesage
Jean-François Lesage
Gold Zebra
Jean-François Lesage, Marianne Ploska
Mathieu Bouchard-Malo, Ariane Pétel-Despots
Jean-François Lesage
Bruno Bélanger, Alexis Pilon-Gladu, Aude Renaud-Lorrain
Bright neon colours are reflected in the faces of young people in a nocturnal park. The rhythms of electronic music can be heard from a distance. In the darkness big trees can be discerned whose branches grow high into the sky and which stand there as if they were guarding the young people lying in the grass. After a while they dance... and talk... a lot. Sometimes you feel like you’re in one of those French black and white films from the 1960s where people also talk incessantly. French is also spoken in this work by the Canadian director Jean-François Lesage – the main subjects are nothingness, and love. We hear a young man’s poetic off screen comment: “Love exists anyway.” The digital generation obviously has a lot to think and talk about concerning relationships and romantic dramas. The neon lights show them the way through a nocturnal nature, into the uncertain future of adulthood. Watching this is a sensuous experience.

Zaza Rusadze
Kids DOK 2015
About a Mother Dina Velikovskaya

A mother protects and cares for her sons while they’re little. But even later, when they have already left home, she is always there when her sons need help.

About a Mother

Animated Film
Russia
2015
8 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Lyubov Gajdukova
Dina Velikovskaya
Artyom Fadeyev
Dina Velikovskaya
Dina Velikovskaya
Tatyana Jacyna, Khatuna Tatuashvili, Dina Velikovskaya
Dina Velikovskaya
Artyom Fadeyev
A mother protects and cares for her sons while they’re little. But even later, when they have already left home, she is always there when her sons need help.

Absences

Documentary Film
El Salvador,
Mexico
2015
26 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Anaïs Vignal, Julio López
Tatiana Huezo
Pablo Fernández
Ernesto Pardo
Lucrecia Gutiérrez Maupomé
Tatiana Huezo
Pablo Tamez
Ever since her husband and son were dragged out of the car and kidnapped by strangers four years ago, Lulu has drifted through her life in Mexico like a ghost. Though there is no trace of them she can’t stop searching. When is the right time to bury one’s hopes? Tatiana Huezo visually translates Lulu’s story into a reality that has cracked and shows the invisible: the feeling of absence – but also a path back to life.

Lars Meyer
Animated Africa 2015
Afrogames Serge Pitroipa, Drissa Kambou, André Daniel Tapsoba

The pilot of an original animated series made in Burkina Faso. It shows African society through the eyes of five unusual children from different backgrounds and their passion for African games.

Afrogames

Animated Film
Burkina Faso
2014
14 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Doh Daiga, Association Burkinabè du Cinéma d'Animation ABCA
Serge Pitroipa, Drissa Kambou, André Daniel Tapsoba
Pablo Pico
Diane Sanou
Moussa Yvo, Fidèle Kabré, André Daniel Tapsoba
Diane Sanou
Henrik Malmgren
The pilot of an original animated series made in Burkina Faso. It shows African society through the eyes of five unusual children from different backgrounds and their passion for African games.
Animated Africa 2015
Afropower Manohiray Randriamanjo

A minimalist reflection on power – „à la sauce africaine“, set to the electronic sound of “I-Lema” from Antananarivo.

Afropower

Animated Film
Madagascar
2010
7 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Ranirison Khafez, Home Made Studio Madagascar
Manohiray Randriamanjo
i Lema
Ranirison Khafez
Manohiray Randriamanjo
Manohiray Randriamanjo
Manohiray Randriamanjo
Manohiray Randriamanjo
A minimalist reflection on power – „à la sauce africaine“, set to the electronic sound of “I-Lema” from Antananarivo.

After the Storm

(none)
Canada
2015
480 minutes
subtitles: 
(none)

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Heather Grieve, Helios Design Labs
Dan Sundy
Dear future disaster survivor,

This is the story of how your city is completely devastated and your world perishes without you.

On 26 April, 2011, the city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was devastated by a tornado. The result: 4,700 homes damaged, 10,000 made homeless, thousands injured. This web documentary in letter form offers not only general information about natural disasters. Its simple images, delicately drawn charts and the director’s voice over also create a very personal and emotional access to the subject.