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International Programme 2017
Harmony Lidia Sheinin

Grandmother needs nursing now and so five of the younger family members take command. A film about being old, a child, a mother and about sad farewells – to things, to life.

Harmony

Documentary Film
Russia
2017
62 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Lidia Sheinin
Lidia Sheinin
Lidia Sheinin
Lidia Sheinin
Lidia Sheinin, Makar Akhpashev, Andrey Fonin, Pavel Doreuli
It’s difficult to decide whether one should resent the slightly-built grandma for being grumpy. Her granddaughter is moving in to cook and care for her. But she is trailing four little children who brazenly hog the tiny average Soviet-era flat, crawl under their great-grandmother’s feet, leave crumbs everywhere and vividly demonstrate the modern school of educational methods. Babushka becomes a stranger in her own home. She tidies and mops up (after them) – it’s a miracle she never stumbles over the stretched woollen threads and diapered bottoms that are everywhere –, she whines and scolds. But the tears only start to flow when her beloved piano is to be “liquidated”, as she puts it …

Lidia Sheinin captures the emotional oscillations in this daily family chaos with a sure sense of closeness and distance. She surveys generations and attitudes in the smallest spaces, studies characters and relationships – and creates, in the midst of this frenzy, almost infinite zones of reflection about what ties us to each other.

Barbara Wurm


Nominated for MDR Film Prize

Hello, Horse!

Documentary Film
Latvia
2017
24 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Laila Pakalniņa
Laila Pakalniņa
Ivars Burtnieks
Ivars Burtnieks
Anrijs Krenbergs
Images composed of statics and movement. Something is standing firmly in the landscape (a pylon, a traffic sign, a house et cetera), something else moves, races, clatters, marches through this landscape. There is twittering and squeaking and quacking and cuckooing and slurping on the soundtrack. Colours, moods and seasons change and return. Dust is raised and settles. A delicately orchestrated mechanism of passing and returning.

Esther Buss
International Programme 2017
How to Destroy Time Machines Jacek Piotr Bławut

Jeph Jerman rubs sticks against each other and records leaves smacking against windows. He drops stones and little bones. Jerman is a sound and mind researcher.

How to Destroy Time Machines

Documentary Film
Poland
2017
39 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Anną Bławut-Mazurkiewicz
Jacek Piotr Bławut
Adam Palenta
Aleksandra Gowin, Katarzyna Śpioch
Jeph Jerman rubs sticks against each other and records leaves smacking against windows. He drops stones and little bones. He thinks, listens, takes notes. The Arizona-based experimental musician wants to trick those time machines installed deep in his consciousness. They toss him from yesterday into tomorrow, just leaving out that precious now. Jerman is a sound and mind researcher.

Carolin Weidner