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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
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Die Musici Katja Georgi

Four petty bourgeois and their assiduous attempts to play a harmonious home concert. The “Neues Deutschland” newspaper interpreted “Musici” as a pamphlet against West German philistines.

Die Musici

Animated Film
GDR
1963
4 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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DEFA-Studio für Trickfilme
Katja Georgi
Addy Kurth
Manfred Schreyer
Eva d’Bomba
Katja Georgi
Katja Georgi won the 1963 Bronze Dove in Leipzig for her short cut out animation about four petty bourgeois and their assiduous attempts to play a harmonious home concert. The “Neues Deutschland” newspaper interpreted “Musici” as a pamphlet against West German philistines who ignored the arms race before their eyes and escaped into private music-making.

Ralph Eue
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Don’t Get Me Wrong Adina Pintilie

The protagonists or rather heroes of this first film by Adina Pintilie are inhabitants of a psychiatric home in Romania.

Don’t Get Me Wrong

Documentary Film
Romania
2007
50 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Dan Nutu (Aristoteles Workshop)
Adina Pintilie
Sorin Gociu
Ligia Smarandache
Adina Pintilie
Tudor Petre
The protagonists or rather heroes of this first film by Adina Pintilie are inhabitants of a psychiatric home in Romania. It’s taken for granted that God speaks here, and the “lunatics” very politely discuss who rules the rain. This debut film was celebrated all over the world as a poetical and political masterpiece and won the DOK Leipzig Golden Dove in 2007.

Ralph Eue
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Einmart Lutz Dammbeck

A hermetically sealed, uncomfortable universe. The hero, Einmart, is a torsoless head who just scratches along. Once, however, Einmart successfully attempts to fly. Richly allusive. Subversive.

GDR

GDR
1980

Einmart

Animated Film
GDR
1980
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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DEFA-Studio für Trickfilme
Lutz Dammbeck
Thomas Herfel
Hans Schöne
Eva d‘Bomba
Lutz Dammbeck
Lutz Dammbeck
Heinz Kaiser
Friedrich-Wilhelm Junge, Dagmar Manzel
A hermetically sealed, uncomfortable universe. The hero, Einmart, is a torsoless head who just scratches along. The ordinary creatures are condemned to stay on the ground. Once, however, Einmart successfully attempts to fly. From above he can see the outside, where free and unlimited flying seems to be normal. Richly allusive. Subversive.

Ralph Eue
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Hanoi, Tuesday 13th Santiago Álvarez

The montage of a day in the North Vietnamese capital, including the inferno of an air raid.

Hanoi, Tuesday 13th

Documentary Film
Cuba
1967
38 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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ICAIC
Santiago Álvarez
Leo Brouwer
Iván Nápoles
Norma Torrado, Idalberto Gálvez
Jorge Pucheaux, Pepín Rodríguez, Adalberto Hernández
Santiago Álvarez, José Martí
Carlos Fernández
The montage of a day in the North Vietnamese capital, including the inferno of an air raid. Álvarez saw himself as an interventionist artist, as a contributor to building a new and hopefully better world which was to be defined on the basis of present conditions and then advanced. The reality of his films is that of his ideals, opinions and aspirations.

Ralph Eue
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Megatrick Anne Isensee

A treasure unsurpassed in its simplicity. It starts with “Eeh.” And sometimes it only takes two minutes to see through life.

Megatrick

Animated Film
Germany
2017
2 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Anne Isensee (Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)
Anne Isensee
Dascha Dauenhauer, Felix Rösch, Robert Pilgram, Marcus Sander, Carl Ludwig Wetzig
Anne Isensee
Chandra Fleig
A treasure unsurpassed in its simplicity. It starts with “Eeh.” And sometimes it only takes two minutes to see through life. Anne Isensee comes straight and quickly to the point. What the line describes as a concept of life does look tempting, though it’s nice that there are one or two crinks, too. Laid-back, witty and profound.

Ralph Eue



Golden Dove German Competition Short Film

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Night of the Carrots Priit Pärn

The residents of the PGI Hotel seem to be competing who’s the most eccentric. The rabbits on the top floor have already taken over the world...

Night of the Carrots

Animated Film
Estonia
1998
29 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Kalev Tamm, Linda Sade
Priit Pärn
Olav Ehala
Ruth-Helene Kaasik
Priit Pärn
Marje Ale, Eda Kurg, Raul Lunia, Ülle Metsur, Ruslan Piterja, Ebe Tramberg, Tarmo Vaarmets, Thomas Frey, Simon Piniel
Priit Pärn
Jaak Elling
The residents of the PGI Hotel seem to be competing who’s the most eccentric. The rabbits on the top floor have already taken over the world and rule it through voodoo, and something either creepily horrible or utterly wonderful will happen in the approaching night of the carrots.

Ralph Eue
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Now Santiago Álvarez

Give me two photos, an editing table and a piece of music, Santiago Álvarez (1919–1998) is said to have claimed as his filmmaking motto.

Now

Documentary Film
Cuba
1965
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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ICAIC
Santiago Álvarez
Pepín Rodríguez, Adalberto Hernández
Norma Torrado, Idalberto Gálvez
Adalberto Jiménez
Give me two photos, an editing table and a piece of music, Santiago Álvarez (1919–1998) is said to have claimed as his filmmaking motto. He was speaking literally, even though in the end it was never just a couple of photos. In this case: pages torn from “Time Magazine”, especially pictures of police brutality in the US, plus Lena Horne’s jazz version of the Hebrew folksong “Hava Nagila.”

Ralph Eue
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Oscar Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre

“I play what I feel.” An animated Canadian documentary about Oscar Peterson (1925–2007), one of the giants of jazz.

Oscar

Animated Film
Canada
2016
12 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Marc Bertrand, Jocelyne Perrier, Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre
Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre
Oana Suteu Khintirian
Ehsan Gharib, Brigitte Archambault
Olivier Calvert
“I play what I feel.” An animated Canadian documentary about Oscar Peterson (1925–2007), one of the giants of jazz. Combined with historical interviews, atmospheric drawings show the highs and lows of his biography. His little “Hymn to Freedom” contains the essence of a whole life in a nutshell.

Ralph Eue
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The Tiger Leaps and Kills but It Will Die … It Will Die Santiago Álvarez

A story in four songs and a monument to the victims of Chilean fascism.

The Tiger Leaps and Kills but It Will Die … It Will Die

Documentary Film
Cuba
1973
16 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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ICAIC
Santiago Álvarez
Noticiero ICAIC Latinoamericano
Gloria Argüelles
Adalberto Hernández, Santiago Peñate
Santiago Álvarez
Juan Demósthene
A story in four songs and a monument to the victims of Chilean fascism. Even before the opening credits we hear Violeta Parra’s accusing song “¿Que dirá el Santo Padre?” to images of the august understanding between the church and the dictator. Accompanying and following the credits: three sequences featuring the murdered singer Víctor Jara (1932–1973) – recording in a studio, as a people’s tribune and as an iconic martyr.

Ralph Eue
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The Usual Fascism Mikhail Romm

A milestone of international documentary film. Writer Maya Turovskaya and director Mikhail Romm ask how that Hitler business could come about in Germany.

The Usual Fascism

Documentary Film
Soviet Union
1965
127 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Filmstudio Mosfilm
Mikhail Romm
Alemdar Karamanov
German Lavrov
Valentina Kulagina, Mikhail Romm
Mikhail Romm, Maya Turovskaya, Yuri Khanyutin
A milestone of international documentary film. Writer Maya Turovskaya and director Mikhail Romm ask how that Hitler business could come about in Germany. What made the film suspect in the eyes of the Soviet censors was the creators’ line of argument, which also invited uncomfortable generalizations. “The Usual Fascism” was awarded the Special Jury Prize in Leipzig in 1965.

Ralph Eue