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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

Backyard

Documentary Film
Germany
2018
26 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Alex Gerbaulet, Ines Meier
Khaled Abdulwahed
Khaled Abdulwahed
Khaled Abdulwahed
Khaled Abdulwahed
Khaled Abdulwahed
Something is being created in a backyard studio that already exists or rather existed: a cactus field in Syria. The photos of the landscape are measured and categorised from all angles, a visual whole is divided into its parts in order to be reconstructable somewhere else. The cacti come from the 3D printer and sometimes there’s a booming sound in the yard, like an airstrike.

Carolin Weidner

Doppelgänger

Documentary Film
Austria,
Germany
2017
20 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Michaela Taschek
Michaela Taschek
Anna Kohlweis
Sandra Wollner
Michaela Taschek
Denis Elmaci
Erich Taschek, filmmaker Michaela Taschek’s father, used to be a fun-loving and sociable man. But then “Eichi” turned into a taciturn loner who locked himself in the cellar to make models and hardly ever left the house. After his death Taschek uses family photos and home movies to invent a wild doppelganger theory that provides a plot for her long lasting feelings of alienation. An essay about disappearance and the power of projection in “documentary” images.

Esther Buss

Flut

Animated Film
Germany
2018
10 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Malte Stein
Malte Stein
Malte Stein, Mauro Marzo
Malte Stein
Malte Stein
Malte Stein
Malte Stein
Malte Stein, Michał Krajczok
“And what remains is an emotionless kiss that tastes like mouth, like skin and spittle, flesh and death.” A boy receives strange messages from the outside world, communicated to him by phone. He longs to be outside. But there is his mother, guardian of a home of prison bars made of feelings of guilt and tears. Only a flood can help which will transform the flat into a shore from which one could swim away.

Carolin Weidner

Gerichtszeichner

Animated Film
Germany
2018
11 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jochen Kuhn
Jochen Kuhn
Jochen Kuhn
Jochen Kuhn
Olaf Meltzer
Jochen Kuhn
Jochen Kuhn
Jochen Kuhn
The fact of the case: a cut-off ear. With a professional distance acquired over long years, a court sketch artist draws the process of justice. His visual record begins in the usual matter-of-fact style. But soon it will be overwhelmed by surprising events in the courtroom. A mysterious and escalating shower of prayers is slowly unsettling the world of the courtroom until suddenly a supposedly marginal figure is right at the centre.

André Eckardt

Kein Ende

Documentary Film
Germany,
Slovenia
2018
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Jakob Krese
Jakob Krese, Meta Krese
Jakob Krese
Gaston Ibaroulle
An ocean crossing. The travellers are surrounded by the horizon, encircled by the beginning and the end at the same time. Motion-blurred photo portraits of the passengers, superimposed by a woman’s voice. She communicates a confidence that must prove itself over and over against doubts, for she promises the children that there will be no end, even if there’s a war going on. The precise language of the Slovenian poet Maruša Krese is carefully interwoven with the poetic images of the photographer Meta Krese.

André Eckardt
German Competition Short Film 2018
Mann auf Blau Friedrich Tiedtke

A young Berlin painter named Henri Haake is busy: finding a gallery, painting, socialising with the right people in the evenings. Everybody knows something. But what does Henri Haake know?

Mann auf Blau

Documentary Film
Germany
2018
13 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Marcia Schmidt
Friedrich Tiedtke
Kakhi Mrelashvili
Ronja Selle
Aaron A. Hacker
Big grants are being distributed. 10,000 Euros, you could live on this for two years with a little effort, couldn’t you? That’s what the professor says. Painter Henri Haake nods and agrees with broken sounds. Then it’s back to the studio where the “Man on Blue” hangs, a controversial piece. It doesn’t work for her, a woman who comes to visit says. Gallery, self-marketing, that’s what counts. Henri Haake keeps hustling.

Carolin Weidner

Marina

Documentary Film
Germany
2018
27 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German

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Silke Merzhäuser
Julia Roesler
Insa Rudolph
Isabel Robson
Isabel Robson
Silke Merzhäuser, Julia Roesler
Ansgar Frerich
Gina Călinoiu
Time in this deserted looking flat seems to stand still, even though the pendulum clock is softly ticking. Marina, the Romanian nurse, is sitting in the salon, talking about her work in German households. Unsparingly and down to the tiniest detail, she talks about 24-hour care, controls and humiliations. Marina is an example here. Her voice represents that of many Eastern European female work migrants. A scenic film about exploitation that makes you think.

Annina Wettstein


Awarded with a Golden Dove in the German Competition Short Film and the Healthy Workplaces Film Award for the best work-related documentary or animated film

Oro Blanco

Documentary Film
Argentina,
Germany
2018
23 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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HFF Munich
Gisela Carbajal Rodríguez
Rina Zimmering
Robert Vakily
Nuno Rodriguez
The vast expanses of the salt deserts in north-western Argentina hold one of the largest lithium deposits in the world. International corporations are mining the “white gold”, depriving the indigenous people, who breed llamas and do traditional salt-mining for a living, of the precious ground water. In magnificent images and with a narrative stance that combines poetry and agitprop, “Oro Blanco” shows that the indigenous population has long ago started to take action against the destruction of “pacha mama”.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann


Nominated for the Healthy Workplaces Film Award

German Competition Short Film 2018
Rules of Play Merlin Flügel

There are many rules and we don’t understand all of them. The main rule is clear, though: it’s life or death. Two creatures enter the ring, concentration rules, some get anxious.

Rules of Play

Animated Film
Germany
2018
8 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Merlin Flügel
Merlin Flügel
Merlin Flügel
Merlin Flügel
Merlin Flügel
Merlin Flügel
Jonatan Schwenk
At night the inhabitants of this abstract-looking world enter the ring. A world of playground equipment and towers, living spin-the-bottle bottles and Pong faces. Then the field opens, begins to shine, and the opponents step into the square, ready to fight. The match behind masks and mysterious finger codes takes its course between physical elegance and existence-threatening sensations.

Carolin Weidner

Sorge 87

Documentary Film
Germany
2017
10 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Klaus Dufke
Thanh Nguyen Phuong
Thanh Nguyen Phuong
Thanh Nguyen Phuong
Thanh Nguyen Phuong, Christopher Patz
Clattering sewing machines, clattering memories. In 1987, the Saxon city of Werdau needed workers for its textile industry. Because of full employment the jobs were advertised in Vietnam, as usual in the GDR at the time. Many came – some stayed. Delicate fabric prints tell of this economically still prosperous period just before the reunification. A Vietnamese and a German couple cheerfully remember initial difficulties and cultural misunderstandings.

Annina Wettstein