Film Archive

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“Hello,” We Lied

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Laura Gamse
Daydream Reels
Mike Diva
Bernard Myburgh
Mike Diva
Steven O’Brien
Lostboyevsky
Sony Cleveland
Greg Sinibaldi
Jesse Canterbury
Laura Gamse
Laura Gamse

Jestin Coler’s fake news empire arguably swayed the 2016 U.S. election. Ordained “The Fake News King” by National Public Radio, Jestin Coler built a network of websites meant to “infiltrate the echo chambers of the alt-right”. His empire soon grew to mimic the media monolith it satirized. As 2020 approaches and Coler’s techniques are adopted by armies of fake news purveyors, virality and reality intertwine in front of our eyes. Is truth in the eye of the beholder?
To millions of Americans, the term “fake news” itself has come to describe not peddlers of falsehoods but the traditional news media. Have we opened Pandora’s Box in the age of “post-truth politics” or exposed a fundamental weakness buried in the spine of “Truth” as we know it?
In the famously flubbed words of former president George W. Bush: “There’s an old saying in Tennessee… Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me, can’t get fooled again.” Or can we?

Genius Loci 2020
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[Leipzig, Bahnhofsvorplatz] Stadtkabinett für Kulturarbeit Leipzig
The hectic atmosphere on the station forecourt hasn’t changed in all those years. Even in 1988, this inhospitable place was crossed at the quickest possible pace.
Re-Visions 2020
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100 Jahre Kino Heinrich Sabl
A short and entertaining foray through 100 years of international cinema history: an animated man takes a walk that leads us from the magic cylinder into legendary film scenes.
German Competition 2020
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80.000 Schnitzel Hannah Schweier
Monika has a new dream: She fights tirelessly to preserve her grandmother’s ailing inn and farm. A family chronicle and a film about life goals.
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A Black Jesus

Documentary Film
Germany
2020
92 minutes

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Luca Lucchesi
Léa Germain
Wim Wenders
Eric Friedler
Silke Schütze
Christa Auderlitzky
Eric Friedler
Nordmedia
Francesco Vitaliti
Léa Germain
Roy Paci
Luca Lucchesi
Luca Lucchesi
Edoardo Morabito
Hella Wenders
Luca Lucchesi
Christine Rennert

In the small Sicilian town Siculiana, a statue of a black Jesus has been venerated for centuries. In May, the crucifix is carried on the shoulders of the devotees in a procession through the crowded streets. The Siculianesi, who have always been a population of emigrants, have to deal with the exodus of young people and therefore with the lack of workforce. One possible answer to the town’s problems could be the migrants: their willingness to undertake any honest work could revive the town’s fate. But their status as asylum seekers makes it impossible for them to work. Siculianesi and migrants remain divided, not speaking with each other out of fear, but also because the Italian government has not attempted to create a fruitful dialogue between the two different faces of the same poverty.
The drowsy stagnancy of Siculiana is stirred up by the arrival of Edward from Ghana. Immediately fascinated by the figure of the black Jesus, Edward decides to challenge the indifference and fear of the Siculianesi and asks them to participate as a carrier of the crucifix.
His very personal battle is the central column of the film, a dramaturgical trunk from which different characters and stories branch out and intertwine, creating a multi-layered portrayal of a divided community.

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A New Shift

Documentary Film
Czech Republic
2020
90 minutes

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Jindřich Andrš
Miloš Lochman
Augustina Micková
Studio Bystrouška
Czech Television
Miloš Lochman
Miloš Lochman
Tomáš Frkal
Jindřich Andrš
Lukáš Janičík
Šimon Herrmann
Eliška Cílková
Tomas lives in industrial Ostrava. His peaceful life gets disrupted by the closure of the Paskov mine where he worked over 20 years. Tomas is forced to re-qualify. After completing a tough programming course, he discovers that the ability to write a working code is not enough. It is far more difficult is to sell himself in his new career. Suddenly, a positive answer arrives, and Tomas joins an IT company as a programmer. Now he sits in an air-conditioned office in front of several monitors and writes emails to his colleagues sitting next to him. Meetings, briefings, brainstorming. It’s time to ask an unpleasant question. What has he lost?
Re-Visions 2020
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Achilles Barry Purves
Trench warfare around Troy, the heroes are well-known. This adaptation of a classical myth, inspired by antique designs, dares to show explicit images for adults.

UK

UK
1995
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Ain’t No Time for Women

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Sarra El Abed
Isabelle Grignon-Francke
Pierre Brouillette-Hamelin
Pierre Brouillette-Hamelin
Pierre Brouillette-Hamelin
Catherine Lefebvre
Jordan Choinière
Ilyaa Ghafouri
Ilyaa Ghafouri
Tunis, November 2019. A group of women is gathered at Saïda’s, the hairdresser, on the eve of the presidential election. The salon is transformed into a town square, mirroring the internal turmoil of the country. In this female sanctuary, we get an intimate look at the county’s teenage democracy.
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AIVA

Animated Film
Germany
2020
13 minutes

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Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Veneta Androva
Nadia D’Alò
Benedikt Frey
Vivienne Pettitt
Meet AIVA. She is in her mid-thirties, young and beautiful. Not only that, but she is also unbelievably creative. The cis-male constructed female AI artist has the task to contribute to more diversity in the art world and to show a female perspective on things.
AIVA is studying the male nude, getting ready for preliminary sketches for her next masterpiece. She is preparing the final painting, which will be exhibited at her upcoming show. Exploring different postures in nude painting, she is examining masculinity in its diverse forms and shapes.
Using the format of a TV-report, the film introduces us to the female AI artist AIVA. The viewer has the extraordinary opportunity to take a look inside her studio and to observe her working process. The report ends with the opening of AIVA’s solo exhibition. She is surrounded by her gallerist and the engineering team that created her. The works of the first female AI artist have all been sold, bringing in over 1.2 million dollars for her creator. What an incredible success?
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Alice’s Four Stories

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Myriam Jacob-Allard
Myriam Jacob-Allard
Myriam Jacob-Allard
Myriam Jacob-Allard
Myriam Jacob-Allard
Myriam Jacob-Allard
Myriam Jacob-Allard
Bruno Bélanger
Claire Jacob
Myriam Jacob-Allard
Sylvain Cossette
Alice Gervais
In Alice’s Four Stories, Myriam Jacob-Allard explores a story which, because of its persistence, is part of the family lore. This story, told countless times by her grandmother, is an implausible tale of the time a hurricane worthy of “The Wizard of Oz”, when she was a child, picked her up and sent her flying.
The picture in the video is split in two and shows images taken from the internet or from disaster films that document tornados and hurricanes on one side and the artist reading a weather forecast against an amateurish green background on the other. Here Jacob-Allard lip-synchs a story told by her grandmother. A montage/collage of images to her left flows past to illustrate the story. The visual codes of the television weather forecast quickly become secondary to four different versions of her grandmother’s story, which Jacob-Allard recorded over a ten-year period. Over the years, the story changes. The key points remain but the sequence of events differs and, curiously, the more time passes, the further back the story goes, with her grandmother saying she was fourteen, then thirteen, twelve, and eleven years old. Alice’s Four Stories, in its many offshoots, becomes a kind of essay on memory, passing on, and belonging. (France Choinière)
German Competition Short Film 2020
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Appropriation Takes You on a Weird Ride Nina Fischer, Maroan el Sani
A media-historical interrogation of the German fascination with the colonialist construct of “Red Indians” which leads right up to its instrumentalization by the “New Right”.
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Appropriation Takes You on a Weird Ride

Documentary Film
Germany
2020
20 minutes

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Nina Fischer
Maroan el Sani
Nina Fischer
Maroan el Sani
Edith Russ Haus for Media Art
Hannes Hoelzl
Nina Fischer
Britt Tully
Christoph Bach
Moritz Hossli
Jochen Jezussek
Nina Fischer
Bruno Gola
Maroan el Sani
Kathrin Hunze
Maroan el Sani
Nina Fischer
Matthias Biber
Nina Fischer
Appropriation Takes You on a Weird Ride investigates the strange German enthusiasm for Native Americans in relation to contemporary racism and its deep colonial roots. This fascination, especially with regard to the construction of a German identity, has a frightening, rather than impressive, chronology: It begins with the first-century Germanic Cherusci chieftain Arminius and stretches to the adventure novels of Karl May and the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Shows in the 1800s, through the ethnographic exhibitions (Völkerschauen) in zoos and circuses and the founding of “Indian clubs” at the turn of the twentieth century, onward to the appropriation of Indigenous identities by Nazi ideologists, up until the present day, when new rightwing groups have developed an unsettling identification with the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas.
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Areum Married

Documentary Film
South Korea
2019
86 minutes

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Areum Parkkang
Moonkyung Kim
Areum Parkkang
Seong Heo
Areum Parkkang
Moonkyung Kim
Areum Parkkang
Areum Parkkang
Nayoon Lim
Lang Lee
De_bong
Areum Parkkang
Areum Parkkang
While working on her first documentary film, director Areum meets a progressive party activist and chef, Seongman, and gets married. After getting married, she takes Seongman with her to study in France, something she has been long preparing to do. In France, the only thing Seongman can do is housework. Not being able to read or speak the language leaves Seongman in depression, whilst Areum, the one responsible for their financial and administrative duties, gets pregnant. In order to help Seongman get over his depression, Areum suggests they start running “Oegil Restaurant” – a project to cook and serve a limited number of guests on specific days. But after the birth of their baby, Areum starts concentrating on her studies and filmmaking, leaving Seongman alone in parenting. This leads to frequent aggressive fights and to Seongman declaring a strike. Will Areum be able to juggle both her marriage and her film?
Kids DOK 2020
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Arshan – Der kleine Sopran Nora Ehrmann, André Hörmann
Arshan is ten years old and dreams of becoming an opera singer. When rehearsals for an opera production start in his town, he anxiously goes to the casting.
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Arshan – Der kleine Sopran

Documentary Film
Germany
2019
25 minutes

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Nora Ehrmann
André Hörmann
Heike Kunze
RBB Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg
Fridolin Schöpper
Mikki Willis
Vincent Assmann
Mathias Ludwig
Nora Ehrmann
Nora Ehrmann
Arshan loves opera. He does whatever he can to become a professional opera singer. Despite him being only 10 years old, he wants to perform in the lead role in the youth opera of his hometown Ojai in California. While contributing to the daily tasks of the family’s farm together with his 5 siblings, he is also practicing his high notes.
German Competition 2020
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Atomkraft Forever Carsten Rau
A visually stunning and at the same time sober reckoning of the zero sum game between climate change and nuclear disaster: no dramatisation at all and yet deeply disturbing.
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Atomkraft Forever

Documentary Film
Germany
2020
94 minutes

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Carsten Rau
Hauke Wendler
Carsten Rau
SWR Südwestrundfunk
NDR Norddeutscher Rundfunk
Georg Gruber
Timo Grosspietsch
Andrzej Krol
Carsten Rau
Stephan Haase
Augusto Castellano
Ketan Bhatti
Vivan Bhatti
Hauke Wendler
Carsten Rau
Germany is turning away from nuclear power once and for all in 2022. The risk is too high, the technology unmanageable. Yet the nuclear nightmare goes on: with umpteen thousands of tonnes of radioactive waste, the storage of which isn’t the least bit clear; with the hazardous dismantling of power plants which will take decades and gobble up many billions of euros; and with neighbours who firmly hold on to mankind’s dream of atomic energy – 13 of the 27 nations in the EU operate nuclear power plants and the development thereof continues.
The feature-length documentary film Atomkraft Forever by Carsten Rau takes a profound as well as alarming look at the nuclear nightmare. In grand scenes unprecedentedly portrayed, and in six interwoven episodes: about the absurd amount of effort involved in demolishing a gigantic nuclear power plant; about the quest for a final repository that is supposed to weather a million years and the next ten ice ages; into the heart of the French atomic industry that ridicules the German opt-out as “ludicrous” and wants even more power plants.
Atomkraft Forever doesn’t leave any arguments out, even though they may be unpopular. In the end, the viewer can and must form their own impression of the mania called nuclear power. That has no end.
Kids DOK 2020
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Autumn Winds, Spring Winds and Two Doves Sadegh Javadi Nikjeh
A boy sets out on an arduous journey to his friend. A dove and a horse help him reach his destination. Based on an Iranian children’s book.
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Autumn Winds, Spring Winds and Two Doves

Animated Film
Iran
2020
8 minutes

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Sadegh Javadi Nikjeh
Mohammadreza Karimisaremi
Fatemeh Mohseni
A bride is awaiting her groom who is crossing the sea to meet her. They keep in touch by means of a dove. But a violent, autumn storm breaks communication and the guests sadly begin to depart. Yet the dove does not wait for spring to come and starts searching.