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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.
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.
German Competition 2020
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Die Wächterin Martina Priessner
A Syrian Orthodox nun lives in an abandoned estate in south-eastern Turkey. Despite hostilities from the Muslim neighbourhood: she won’t be driven out.
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Die Wächterin

Documentary Film
Germany
2020
87 minutes

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Martina Priessner
Gregor Streiber
Friedemann Hottenbacher
Martina Priessner
Nadja Smith
Gregor Streiber
Meryem Yavuz
Martina Priessner
Özlem Sarıyıldız
Robert F. Kellner
For 18 years, the Syrian Orthodox nun Dayrayto lives on the grounds of a church in Zaz, a dilapidated and abandoned Aramaic village in southeastern Turkey. Together with the monk Abuja, she cared for the church for fourteen years. Ever since the monk died four years ago, Dayrayto lives alone with her two dogs, a cow, chickens, and three cats. She is vulnerable to multiple threats. Her presence in the region is a thorn in the side of many local actors. There have always been hostilities from the Muslim side, and little support from her own community. Lately, the situation has gotten worse and Dayrayto fears for her dog’s life, which she believes has been deliberately poisoned. The film accompanies Dayrayto, observing her everyday life, her struggle for survival, her worries and hardships as fear and loneliness are her constant companions. Nevertheless, Dayrayto is a courageous and fearless woman – she promised Abuja to never leave this holy place and to protect the church, no matter what.
German Competition 2020
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Grenzland Andreas Voigt
Along the river Oder: Virulent questions about homeland and community, everyday life and politics, asked with confident casualness, provide an account of the present.
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Grenzland

Documentary Film
Germany,
Poland
2020
100 minutes

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Andreas Voigt
Barbara Etz
Kazimierz Beer
Klaus Schmutzer
MDR Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk
RBB Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg
Thomas Beyer
Rolf Bergmann
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH
PISF, Poland Polish-German Film Fonds
Filmbüro MV
Nordmedia
Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung GmbH
BKM
Barbara Etz
Marcus Lenz
Maurice Wilkerling
Ina Tangermann
Gerhard Ziegler
Peter Carstens
METRIX
Cine Chromatix
Andreas Voigt
The wide, flat land behind the dikes by the Oder and Neisse lies as before. Floods have swept over it, wars, people on their hikes looking for a place to stay and better life. A landscape and its history. Borderland – a trip. From the border triangle, where Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic touch each other, up to the Oderhaff in the North.
Up until the 18th century the area was desolate, often flooded. Friedrich II drained the land and settled colonists.
A century and a half later, after World War II, the East of Germany became a part of Poland and the East of Poland – a part of the Soviet Union. The Poles from these areas were expelled and settled in the former German areas. The Germans also lost their homeland and had to move westwards to the Federal Republic or the GDR. Germany was united almost fifty years later, and soon after, in 2004, Poland became a part of the EU. The border between the two countries is no longer a real one. However, life here is different.
Explorations. Stories from the edge – but in the middle of Europe. Work, home, love. Leave and arrive and stay. Life stories and fates. Encounter with people on both sides of the rivers along the German-Polish border.
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Lift Like a Girl

Documentary Film
Egypt,
Germany,
Denmark
2020
95 minutes

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Mayye Zayed
Mayye Zayed
Anke Petersen
Anna Bolster
Eva Klöcker
Claudia Tronnier
The Getty Images ARRAY Grant
Arab Fund For Arts & Culture (AFAC)
HotDocs - Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund
International Media Support (IMS)
The Danish-Arab Partnership Programme The Danish Egyptian Dialogue Initiative (DEDI)
Samir Nabil
Andromeda Film AG
Kristoffer Salting
Brian Dyrby
Mayye Zayed
Sara Abdallah
Mayye Zayed
Mohamad Elhadidi
Anna Bolster
Mayye Zayed
Marian Mentrup
On a busy, noisy, high-traffic street corner in Alexandria, Egypt, a seemingly vacant corner lot surrounded by chain link fencing is the training site of Egypt’s most elite champions – the female weightlifters.
Zebiba (Arabic for “raisin”) has been training at the site for five years, since she was 9, following in the footsteps of Egypt’s most famous athletes of all time – including the first Arab, female, two-time Olympic medalist Abeer Abdel Rahman, and World champion and Olympic athlete Nahla Ramadan. Nahla’s father, the visionary Captain Ramadan, has bred champions, female champions, from his makeshift corner–lot training site for over two decades – 4 Olympic, 9 World and 17 Pan African champions.
Now it is Zebiba’s turn. But can Zebiba put aside her youthful instincts, and direct her focus to be the weightlifting champion the Captain is sure she is?
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Rift Finfinnee

Documentary Film
Ethiopia,
Germany
2020
79 minutes

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Daniel Kötter
Meike Martens
Angelika Ramlow
Daniel Kötter
Daniel Kötter
Daniel Kötter
Marcin Lenarczyk
Matthias Behrens
Getatchew Merkuria
Rift Finfinnee takes the viewer on a journey through the periphery of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. In strictly composed images and a soundtrack that interweaves the original conversations in a complex way, the film takes the concrete geography, architecture and the everyday life of individual agricultural and construction workers in the east of Addis Ababa (in Oromo: Finfinnee) as the starting point for an allegorical narrative about the urbanisation of African societies on the edge of civil war.
The film documents the rural-urban transformation of space and its consequences for living together using the example of four settlements in the east of the fast-growing Ethiopian capital: the village of Dingaja, the Bole Arabsa social housing estate, the Ayat Condominiums, and the gated community CCD Homes. Four different backdrops for the profound social change in Ethiopia, all four within sight of each other, but separated by a deep rift, which divides city and non-city, present from projected future, Oromo from Amhara: the gorge of the Akaki River.
German Competition 2020
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Wir wollten alle Fiesen killen Bettina Ellerkamp, Jörg Heitmann
A real-life satire about the incredible acquisition and impossible sale of a bunker mountain – a mixture of serious documentary and bone-dry humorous science fiction.
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Wir wollten alle Fiesen killen

Documentary Film
Germany
2020
91 minutes

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Bettina Ellerkamp
Jörg Heitmann
Jörg Heitmann
silent green Kulturproduktionen GmbH + Co KG
home productions GmbH
Stephan Helmut Beier
Jörg Heitmann
Jörg Heitmann
Ginan Seidl
Bettina Ellerkamp
Ray Peter Maletzki
The film tells of a mountain and its history, which is at the same time a mirror of German history. The result is a kaleidoscope of socialist and capitalist dreams and realities, of injured landscapes and societies and the question of what drives us all.
At the centre of the film, is a stone massif that has been surrounded by myths and legends since time immemorial. Layer by layer, the film exposes historical, political, biographical, and visual segments, shows the hewn, hollowed out, shaped by human hands interior of the mountain in all its brutality and violence. The protagonists of the film, be it the former workers or the filmmakers themselves, the geomancer, or the treasure hunter: they all appear like small figures in an apparently endless labyrinth of stone, illuminated only by neon lights, under the spell of ancient dragon energy.