Film Archive

International Programme 2018
(M)Other Antonia Hungerland

How does the image of motherhood change when egg donation, surrogate motherhood or adoption add various alternatives to the male-female-intercourse-biology model?

(M)Other

Documentary Film
Germany
2018
88 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German

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Christopher Zitterbart, Saskia Veigel, Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Antonia Hungerland
Markus Zierhofer
Antonia Hungerland
Antonella Sarubbi
Antonia Hungerland
Tim Altrichter, Benedikt Ludwig, Christoph Walter, Luise Hofmann
It’s quite realistic today for a child to have three mothers: an egg donor gives her genes to a baby who is born by a surrogate mother and raised by another woman or a person who may be male and gay. The classic concept of “natural” motherhood reaches its limits here (and elsewhere).

The definition of motherhood is being contested. The general controversy about changing social norms is reflected in the debate about (good) mothers. This discussion, as “(M)Other” very clearly demonstrates, concerns everybody. Both those who have to contend with stereotypes and prejudice as “classic” mothers and those who claim the term even though they do not correspond to the established “model” that stubbornly resists all obvious changes. Antonia Hungerland shows that the seemingly personal is still (or: today more than ever) highly political.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann


Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

Retrospective 2018
[Universitätskirche in Leipzig, Sprengung 1968]

Footage that was officially not supposed to exist. A find from the Saxon State Archive.

[Universitätskirche in Leipzig, Sprengung 1968]

Documentary Film
GDR
1968
2 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Manfred Köhler, Rudolf Etzold
Footage that was officially not supposed to exist. A find from the Saxon State Archive.

Ralph Eue
Matinee Sächsisches Staatsarchiv 2018
[Universitätskirche Leipzig, Sprengung 1968; Interview mit Manfred Köhler 1999]

The cinematographer Manfred Köhler talks about filming the controlled demolition of the Leipzig university church in 1968.

[Universitätskirche Leipzig, Sprengung 1968; Interview mit Manfred Köhler 1999]

Documentary Film
GDR
1968
11 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Manfred Köhler, Rudolf Etzold, Paul Pfingst
The cinematographer and television producer Manfred Köhler, who died in 2013 and was head of the “Bezirksfilmstudio Leipzig” in the 1960s, talks with Stefan Gööck about the circumstances of filming the controlled demolition of the Leipzig university church in 1968. The master baker Rudolf Etzold from Schmölln is mentioned as a member of the team, the vocational school teacher Klaus Büttner developed the 16mm material, bypassing the DEFA lab – both of them members of the “Bezirksarbeitsgemeinschaft Amateurfilm Leipzig” (district amateur film association). Köhler cites the production of this material as proof that it was possible to not be taken in completely.

Stefan Gööck
Late Harvest 2018
#Female Pleasure Barbara Miller

Misogyny is structurally inscribed in the cultural cores of all social systems in the world. “#Female Pleasure” exposes these cores, lucidly and from a global perspective.

#Female Pleasure

Documentary Film
Germany,
Switzerland
2018
97 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Philip Delaquis, Arek Gielnik
Barbara Miller
Peter Scherer
Anne Misselwitz, Gabriela Betschart, Akiba Jiro
Isabel Meier
Barbara Miller
Tom Weber
Women are subordinate to men. They are born sinful and have no legal claim to their own body. Misogyny is more than a phenomenon observed across continental divides all over the world and in some cases the cause of abuse and crime. It is structurally inscribed – literally – into the core of all social systems founded on religious beliefs. In the bible, for example, we read: “I find woman more bitter than Death […] The man who is pleasing to God eludes her.”

In this lucid film, which takes a global perspective, five female protagonists talk about misogynistic behaviour they experienced, hostilities they were exposed to, crimes committed against them. Rokudenashiko, a Japanese artist, is on trial for the obscenity of her art. Deborah Feldman escaped with her son from a Hassidic community in Brooklyn, leaving her husband to whom she was forcibly married. Leyla Hussein, Doris Wagner and Vithika Yadav talk about rape and mutilation, lack of legal protection, homophobia, shame and the strange feeling that one’s sexuality and body are associated with sin from birth.

Lukas Stern



Awarded with the Special Prize of the Interreligious Jury

Werkschau Lutz Dammbeck 2018
1. Leipziger Herbstsalon Lutz Dammbeck

In 1984, the “First Leipzig Autumn Salon” took place. Bypassing every state institution, six painters, sculptors and filmmakers organised an art exhibition.

1. Leipziger Herbstsalon

Documentary Film
GDR
1984
22 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Lutz Dammbeck
Lutz Dammbeck
Thomas Plenert
Lutz Dammbeck
In 1984, the “First Leipzig Autumn Salon” took place – a risk and a caesura for Dammbeck. Bypassing every state institution, six painters, sculptors and filmmakers organised an art exhibition. It was the first and last of its kind. This recapture of public space through art challenged the government’s monopoly on power and triggered similar activities by other artists in the art centres of the GDR. A brave signal to the SED who saw this exhibition as a “counter-revolutionary development”. After that, there were only two options: regress or leave.

Sven Safarow
Strictly Animated 2018
663114 Isamu Hirabayashi

Every 66 years a cicada emerges from deep in the ground and climbs up a tree to shed its skin there. It’s been like this forever. But this time it’s different …

663114

Animated Film
Japan
2011
8 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Isamu Hirabayashi
Isamu Hirabayashi
Takashi Watanabe
Isamu Hirabayashi
Isamu Hirabayashi, Mina Yonezawa
Isamu Hirabayashi
Keitaro Iijima, Keisuke Toyoura
Hideo Kusumi, Midori Kurata
Every 66 years a cicada emerges from deep in the ground and climbs up a tree to shed its skin there. It’s been like this forever. But this time it’s different … With the monologue of this insect, Japanese animation filmmaker Isamu Hirabayashi created one of the most poignant and unsparing reactions to the disasters of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Fukushima.

Duscha Kistler

79 Springtimes

Documentary Film
Cuba
1969
25 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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ICAIC
Santiago Álvarez
Idalberto Gálvez
Iván Nápoles
Norma Torrado
Santiago Álvarez
Carlos Fernández, Raúl Pérez Ureta
Agit pop art condensed and charged to the maximum. Frenetic ingenuity full of a genuinely materialist sensuality and a visually powerful forward thrust. In terms of content: a cinematic brotherly kiss on the occasion of the death of Bác Hồ, also known as Hồ Chí Minh (1890–1969). Also: formulating the certainty that the fight will go on, must go on.

Ralph Eue
International Programme 2018
A Life from Death Tuuli Teelahti

Death from the perspective of the attending carers: stylised and tangible. Dying is encircled by life. Sheets are changed, candles are lighted, sheets are changed.

A Life from Death

Documentary Film
Finland
2017
20 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Paria Eskandari, Aalto University, ELO Film School Finland
Tuuli Teelahti
Max Smeds
Tuuli Teelahti, Kai Rintamaa
Tuuli Teelahti
Tarmo Pehkonen
Sound seeps away from the piano, breath from life, focus from the film. A mimesis of dying, stylised, but tangible. Death from the perspective of the attending carers: changing the sheets, holding back tears, having a coffee break, holding fading hands, lighting candles. And once more: changing the sheets, holding back tears, the coffee … life cycles.

Lukas Stern
Strictly Animated 2018
A Morning Stroll Grant Orchard

New York City, one early morning in 1959: a chicken turns a corner, passes a dumbfounded pedestrian, climbs up the stairs to an apartment, knocks on the door with its beak and, after a short wait, is admitted.

A Morning Stroll

Animated Film
UK
2011
7 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Sue Goffe
Grant Orchard
Nic Gill
Nic Gill
Sander Jones, Lucas Vigroux, Perrine Marais, Florian Mounie, Max Stöhr
Nic Gill
Grant Orchard
New York City, one early morning in 1959: a chicken turns a corner, passes a dumbfounded pedestrian, climbs up the stairs to an apartment, knocks on the door with its beak and, after a short wait, is admitted. The same morning walk is repeated in 2009 and 2059. The conclusion: our planet is in truly bad shape.

Duscha Kistler

A Mythology of Pleasure

Documentary Film
Germany,
Spain
2017
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Lara Rodríguez Cruz, Jule Katinka Cramer, Ute Dilger (KHM – Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln)
Lara Rodríguez Cruz
Lennart Saathoff
Jule Katinka Cramer
Arturo Peña
Lara Rodríguez Cruz, Jule Katinka Cramer
Paul Große-Schönepauck
Really, there used to be a lot more action back then! And even more before that. And at the beginning of time? One dares not imagine what was happening then. Filmmaker Lara Rodríguez Cruz and her camerawoman and co-writer Jule Katinka Cramer have imagined it anyway, and done so in the brightest colours and finest words. It’s a matter of speculation whether our Lord Almighty, had he known how much fun his heathen ancestors had at work, would have been just a tiny bit envious.

Ralph Eue

A Sister’s Song

Documentary Film
Canada,
Israel
2018
91 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Danae Elon, Paul Cadieux
Danae Elon
Peter Venne
Danae Elon, Itamar Mendes Flohr
Vincent Guignard, Alexandre Leblanc
Danae Elon
Benoît Dame
Marina and Tatiana moved from Russia to Israel with their family as children. Being immigrants, their arrival in the new country wasn’t easy. This back story resonates in their search for models and identity. The narrative focuses on Marina. As an adolescent her younger sister Tatiana followed her spiritual father to a strict Orthodox convent in Greece. That was twenty years ago. They last saw each other four years ago. Since then, Marina has more and more gained the impression that her sister is unhappy there, and she wants to get her back. But is she responsible for Tatiana’s happiness? How can you understand a close person’s decision that’s in conflict with your own position?

The Canada-based award-winning Israeli director and cinematographer Danae Elon returns once more to her home country for this film. Discretely and yet very much present, she watches the two sisters’ encounter, included only occasionally – but almost like an accomplice – in the protagonists’ conversation. Her tale of the sisters Marina and Tatiana is dramaturgically outstanding and innovative. “A Sister’s Song” – a film about love and loss and the art of following one’s inner voice.

Annina Wettstein
International Programme 2018
A Transplant François Méthé

Three people are waiting for an organ donation. In delicate but nonetheless explicit images, “A Transplant” documents the miracle of the renewal of a waning life.

A Transplant

Documentary Film
Canada
2018
69 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Marie-Claude Morazain
François Méthé
Joseph Marchand
Philippe St-Gelais
Sébastien Goyette
François Méthé
Cyril Bourseault
In life’s holding pattern: Shannon, a young woman, three-year-old Nolan and five-times grandmother Suzanne all need an organ donation. A race against the clock and against death, which approaches rapidly and relentlessly while they slowly move up the waiting list step by step. For patients and relatives, this time of waiting is an ever-changing mixture of the fear of loss and the hope for a future. From this existential state of insecurity, worry and hope, “A Transplant” takes us in delicate but explicit images into the operating room and into the body that is being renewed by a team of doctors and helpers – practiced and level-headed, but also aware of the risks and the responsibility weighing down every movement. A film about the, if you will, uniqueness of life. And about the miracle that occasionally and in dire need it can even escape this uniqueness.

Lukas Stern

A Trip Across Misty Meadows

Documentary Film
Lithuania
1973
11 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Lithuanian Film Studio
Henrikas Šablevičius
Romualdas Fedaravičius
Kornelijus Matuzevičius
Regina Lazdauskienė
Vidmantas Puplauskis, Henrikas Šablevičius
A farewell to a slow, narrow-gauge train that recalls the idyllic times of independent Lithuania. The story was originally to be told through silent images only, but following preview screenings the filmmaker was instructed to add a voiceover. The criticism that “the film’s central hero cannot be a railway” led to the addition of a “human character” – the train’s overseer Povilas. Despite this, Šablevičius’s film remains a shining example of the Lithuanian poetic documentary thanks to its unique cinematic language and visual allegories conveying a deep connection to the past, something that the architects of the “new life” struggled to erase.

Absence

Animated Film
Belgium
2006
10 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Frank Van den Eeckhout
Isabelle Bouttens
Annelies Van Parys
Isabel Bouttens
Isabel Bouttens
Isabel Bouttens
Isabel Bouttens
Louis Demeyere
A room with a balcony. The sun is shining. A woman misses a man. In her dreams the long shadows on the floor and walls are transformed into arms that hug her. A hand touches her hip and gently caresses her body. Fingers interlace with hers and subtly and quietly a body lures her into a dance. A poetic and sensual film about absence.

Duscha Kistler
Strictly Animated 2018
Afterlife Ishu Patel

After life has ended, humans enter the sphere of eternity – memories mingle with the unpredictable. Other people, animals and mythical creatures appear.

Afterlife

Animated Film
Canada
1979
8 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Derek Lamb
Ishu Patel
Herbie Mann
Ishu Patel
After life has ended, humans enter the sphere of eternity – memories mingle with the unpredictable. Other people, animals and mythical creatures appear and merge into a unified whole. Ishu Patel depicts the metamorphoses of this transcendental space in brilliantly shimmering clay images, endowing the afterlife with a beauty of its own.

Duscha Kistler
International Programme 2018
All Creatures Welcome Sandra Trostel

A creative dive into the CCC hackers’ philosophy, which is not to bemoan the growing digitisation of life but to seize the technology to improve our life.

All Creatures Welcome

Documentary Film
Germany
2018
87 minutes
subtitles: 
German
English

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Sandra Trostel
Sandra Trostel
Thies Mynther
Sandra Trostel, Lilli Thalgott
Sandra Trostel
Jon Frickey
Sandra Trostel, Thies Mynther
Jonas Hummel

A playful and highly informative attempt to describe the anarchic variety of creatures who regularly meet at camps and international conventions under the umbrella of Europe’s biggest hacker association, the Chaos Computer Club. Sandra Trostel looks over the shoulders of nerds, political activists, makers and “other galactic life forms” and shows, complemented by short animated sequences, what it means to regard society not as a given fact but as malleable material there to be “hacked”. Renouncing glorification but revealing a well-developed sense for inner contradictions, the film portrays a (sub)culture whose concerns have long become mainstream.



Luc-Carolin Ziemann



Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize