Film Archive

3 Stolen Cameras

Documentary Film
Spain,
Sweden
2017
17 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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RåFILM Filmmakers Collective, Equipe Media
RåFILM Filmmakers Collective, Equipe Media
Mariem Hassan
RåFILM Filmmakers Collective, Equipe Media
RåFILM Filmmakers Collective, Equipe Media
David Gülich
We don’t see or hear much coming out of Western Sahara. The region was annexed by Morocco in 1979 and the Moroccan occupiers were able to impose an almost complete media blockade since then. For years, activists of the Equipe Media group have been the only ones who covertly film rallies, police brutality and human rights violations and smuggle the material abroad, while they themselves frequently get in the line of fire of the occupation forces.

Ralph Eue

Airport

Animated Film
Croatia,
Switzerland
2017
10 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Ruedi Schick, Ankica Jurić Tilić
Michaela Müller
Hrvoje Štefotić
Michaela Müller
Michaela Müller
Michaela Müller
Michaela Müller, Aleksandar Battista Ilić
Fa Ventilato
The letters on a departure board turn into grey figures with trolley suitcases hurrying through the high security airports of this world. A red wall abruptly puts an end to the journey of a restless man whose wide-spread arms melt like Icarus’s wings. Reality is punctured and the fatal contradictions of our globalised world are metaphorically exposed. Michaela Müller spent six years condensing her original sound sketch stills into a work of art.

Nadja Rademacher

All I Imagine

Documentary Film
Portugal
2017
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Pedro Pinho, Leonor Noivo, Luísa Homem, João Matos, Susana Nobre, Tiago Hespanha (Terratreme Filmes)
Leonor Noivo
Finex
Vasco Viana
João Braz, Joana Góis
Leonor Noivo, André Simões
Rafael Cardoso
Emmy lays out Euro coins in a row: “That separates me from you, see?” There are actually more than a few coins between Emmy and André, two young adults from Alcoitão, a town in the Alcabideche municipality near Lisbon. Leonor Noivo’s direction is striking and highly professional, like many of the works coming from Portugal these days. It’s still a documentary – Noivo witnesses a biographical and emotional in-between state.

Carolin Weidner


Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award

Cleaning Schaerbeek

Documentary Film
Belgium,
Lebanon
2017
19 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Farah Kassem
Farah Kassem
Yohan Dumas
Farah Kassem
Farah Kassem
Farah Kassem
Farah Kassem
When the terror alert level in Belgium was raised, the Interior Minister made a pithy statement that he was going to clean up the Molenbeek district – by now a synonym for Islamist breeding ground. Meanwhile a resident of the Schaerbeek district, also predominantly populated by migrants, discovered that mysterious things were going on in front of her window. She informed the authorities and filmed what’s happening … An equally intelligent and amusing essayist look at paranoia and the obsession with security.

Frederik Lang

Deyzangeroo

Animated Film
Canada
2017
4 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Maral Mohammadian
Ehsan Gharib
Habib Meftah Boushehri
Olivier Calvert
In the colonial port of Bushehr, the horror of an imminent eternal lunar eclipse was met with a special ritual, the Deyzangeroo. Between the starry skies, the black waves and the dark coast a rhythmic chanting unleashed forces which multiplied to re-capture the light. Ehsan Gharib uses the expressive force of painting on glass, interval photography and mirror tricks – set to the mystic music of Habib Meftah Boushehri.

Nadja Rademacher



Golden Dove for best animated short film in the International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film

Duel

Documentary Film
Cuba
2017
13 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Alejandro Alonso Estrella, Rafael Ramírez
Alejandro Alonso Estrella
Alejandro Alonso Estrella
Alejandro Alonso Estrella
Rafael Ramírez, Jesús Bermúdez
A young man builds a white wooden cross and carries it into the jungle. Yoan suffers from insomnia and mysterious fits, is beleaguered by thoughts of his absent father and haunting ghosts. He must dare to go into the “heart of darkness” before he can achieve peace again. It is an intensely filmed duel, fought with the weapons of Christian prayer and symbols and the images and laws of the jungle.

Frederik Lang

Edge of Alchemy

Animated Film
USA
2017
19 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Stacey Steers
Stacey Steers
Lech Jankowski
Stacey Steers
Antony Cooper
Stacey Steers
Stacey Steers
Lech Jankowski, Phil Solomon
An ocean of whispering voices … In an alien landscape a female alchemist creates a good soul and beautiful idea, playing with the rules of nature – and losing her creation to the latter. Using the same alchemy, Stacey Steers mixes 19th century graphic reproductions, silent film scenes and loans from gothic novels to create an aesthetically stunning science fiction nightmare and a touching story about withheld love.

André Eckardt

Film for Carlos

Documentary Film
Russia
2017
31 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Renato Borrayo Serrano, Marina Razbezhkina
Renato Borrayo Serrano
Renato Borrayo Serrano
Renato Borrayo Serrano
Renato Borrayo Serrano
Renato Borrayo Serrano
What’s the worst thing that could happen to a jubilant young father? A visit from the in-laws. What’s worse, they are citizens of Mother Russia, while the filmmaker father’s native language is Spanish, which means that the baby isn’t named Alyosha but, exactly, Carlos. It’s for him, “Carlushka”, that he wanted to record this hilarious and painful new family constellation unfolding between national chauvinism and loving, well-worn marital arguments, the director says. Sharp tongues, skilfully edited.

Barbara Wurm



Honorary Mention in the International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film

Grandpa Walrus

Animated Film
France
2017
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Daniel Sauvage, Jérôme Barthélemy
Lucrèce Andreae
Flavien Van Haezevelde
Lucrèce Andreae
Guillaume Lauras, Catherine Aladenise
Lucrèce Andreae
Flavien Van Haezevelde
A sandy beach in the off season, deserted, dirty. The guests have left their cigarette butts behind, and one of them more than the others: grandpa. The place where he lay in the sun is outlined by frayed fags like a murder victim’s body by chalk. Now he’s gone, dead. But what is this stirring in the sand? The depiction of a surreal incident accompanied by sublime compositions by Flavien Van Haezevelde.

Carolin Weidner



Mephisto 97.6 Audience Award

I Don’t Feel Anything Anymore

Animated Film
Belgium,
Canada
2017
10 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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William Henne, Delphine Cousin, Delphine Renard, Marc Bertrand
Noémie Marsily, Carl Roosens
Pierre Yves Drapeau
Noémie Marsily, Carl Roosens
The couple live high above the city in the basket of a crane. The woman fire fighter and the magician share the small joys and worries of life in their intimate life together. The world is still as it should be up here. Or is it? Similarities with escapist tendencies when dealing with the chaos of our riotous world are bound to be purely coincidental in this animated satire. The dynamic lines of the drawings are reinforced by a strong soundtrack by Canadian soprano Natalie Choquette.

Nadja Rademacher

In erster Linie

Animated Film
Austria
2016
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Veronika Schubert
Veronika Schubert
Veronika Schubert
Veronika Schubert
Veronika Schubert
Veronika Schubert
A mental satellite film about the refugee situation in autumn 2015. A low-pressure system bringing politically provoked rough weather and diffuse fears hangs over Austria and Europe. Time lapses show outlines of cloud formations moving across the screen, laboriously etched into and animated on 3,000 glass panes by Veronika Schubert. Meandering without borders, they are accompanied by flashes of soundbites in which politicians and newscasters clearly discern migration problems in the fog.

André Eckardt

Intimity

Animadoc
Switzerland
2017
5 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Nicolas Burlet
Élodie Dermange
Fatima Dunn
Élodie Dermange, Zoltán Horváth
Élodie Dermange
Élodie Dermange
Jérôme Vittoz
The young woman’s tongue loosens under the shower. When she throws her clothes on the tiles, takes the soap and wrings the water from her long red hair she allows us to participate in her transformation. What started out as shyness has become a passion. And the images, too, unfurl like a kaleidoscope.

Carolin Weidner

Lembri Uudu

Documentary Film
Estonia
2017
25 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Edina Csüllög, Liis Nimik
Eeva Mägi
Tanel Kadalipp, Jaan Jaago
Heiko Sikka
Jette-Krõõt Keedus
Eeva Mägi
Tanel Kadalipp
The people in the Estonian village of Pähkla have grown old since Uudu last saw them. Now he visits them once more – as a ghost, for Uudu died a long time ago. Their reunion is all the more cordial: schnapps is served, along with anecdotes. According to Nietzsche it takes three of such anecdotes to form the image of a person. Was that how Uudu was? What he sees today is the camera’s field of vision. The reactions are immediate. Watching them is entrancing.

Carolin Weidner

Lemon Tree

Animated Film
Portugal,
UK
2016
5 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Joana Silva (Royal College of Art)
Joana Silva
Joana Silva
Tim Webb, Joana Silva
Joana Silva
Joana Silva
Alice de Barrau, Mike Wyeld
A biography told by a deserted room. The colour nuances succeed each other like the stages of life, bathing the furniture and plants in the light of memories. The room seems to react organically to time leaps. Experiences of three generations of Joana Silva’s family form the core of the main protagonist, described by the director as an “unknown family member whose body was assembled from fragments of my own.” The smallest objects were animated with a lot of texture.

Nadja Rademacher

Maned & Macho

Animated Film
Iran
2017
11 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Shiva Sadegh Asadi
Shiva Sadegh Asadi
Amir Pourkhalaji
Shiva Sadegh Asadi
Mohammad Nasseri, Shiva Sadegh Asadi
Shiva Sadegh Asadi
Shiva Sadegh Asadi
Changiz Sayad
An adolescent girl rejects the social role it’s meant to play and hides all her feelings and thoughts in a secret world filled with animal creatures. Over time it grows into a large outdoor enclosure for all kinds of quiet fantasies, dreams and fears which soon become untameable. Shiva Sadegh Asadi uses fascinating, flowing paintings to talk quietly about an “I” that grows louder and louder.

André Eckardt


Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award

Manivald

Animated Film
Canada,
Croatia,
Estonia
2017
13 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Chintis Lundgren, Draško Ivezić, Jelena Popović
Chintis Lundgren
Terence Dunn
Chintis Lundgren, Draško Ivezić, Jelena Popović
Chintis Lundgren
Chintis Lundgren, Draško Ivezić
Pierre Yves Drapeau
Manivald (fox, 33) lives under his draconian, slightly weird mother’s thumb. His repressed behaviour takes a turn when the washing machine breaks down. That is, takes a turn when Toomas the plumber (wolf, sexy) appears with his “deluxe tools”. Candy-pink romance, tough drama and depth psychology, packaged with delicate comedy and a remarkable sense of timing by Chintis Lundgren.

André Eckardt