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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

Agnosis

Animadoc
Germany,
Ukraine
2015
39 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Anita Müller
Anita Müller
Oksana Kod'
Anita Müller, Clara Wieck
Anita Müller
Anita Müller
Anita Müller
Florian Marquardt
As in “Chthonic City”, the painter Anita Müller gives wings to her filmed material in the catacombs of Odessa: statements re-connote documentary images, additions visualise dreams or thoughts. She takes associative liberties that suggest comparisons with jazz. The invisible protagonist who lost his way on a spiritual search of the underworld and disappeared without a trace may have felt as ephemeral and fluctuating as her visual creations.

Cornelia Klauß
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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?
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.

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
German Competition Short Film 2015
Boy Ginan Seidl, Yalda Afsah

How does a girl escape the restrictions inscribed in the role of females in a traditional society? By becoming a “Boy”. In Afghanistan, “bachaposh” are girls who are raised as boys.

Boy

Documentary Film
Germany
2015
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Ray Peter Maletzki, Stephan Helmut Beier
Ginan Seidl, Yalda Afsah
Ginan Seidl
Ginan Seidl, Yalda Afsah
Steffen Martin, Manuela Schininá
How does a girl escape the restrictions inscribed in the role of females in a traditional society? By becoming a “Boy”. In Afghanistan, “bachaposh” are girls who are raised as boys. The artist duo Afsah/Seidl follows two girls and their choice of the role they want to take in life, creating a touching study of gender and freedom in dreamlike images and long tracking shots that capture the people in their social environment.

Grit Lemke
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Dark Matter

Documentary Film
Germany,
Russia
2020
19 minutes

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Viktor Brim
Viktor Brim
Viktor Brim
David Schittek
Viktor Brim
Danila Lipatov
A trace of regularly ordered mounds of earth. In the twilight, a dump truck is being loaded. A thick veil of mist hangs over the tops of the trees. Dark earth is excavated, loaded, and transported off the scenery. In Dark Matter, via the situative arrangement of different picture elements, a visual friction surface is created, which is shaped by the figurations of a post-apocalyptic landscape. The images are determined by the processes of extracting raw materials. Without the mineral resources from the numerous diamond and gold mines in the so-called Russian Federation subject Yakutia, the Soviet Union would never have been able to exist until the 1990s. Technology and ideology go hand in hand and leave their mark. Military and economic efforts to secure power are inscribed in this landscape. The extraction of raw materials and the exploitation of nature show their planned economic and geopolitical consequences, which make up the character of the “subjects of the Federation”. Their designation as “subjects” was introduced in the USSR in order to equip and administer different categories of territorial units with different degrees of autonomy.

Deine Fremde

Animated Film
Germany
2017
10 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Matthias Stoll
Matthias Stoll
Matthias Stoll
Ivan Morales Jr.
Theo Huber, Matthias Stoll
Matthias Stoll
Jascha Viehl
What a fantastic bundle of coincidences this thing called life is! It can only be lived forward. It will only form a consistent narrative in hindsight. Matthias Stoll conjures the preciousness of this fleeting moment of the no-longer-the-one but not-quite-the-other-yet up on the screen: Imagine that all of a sudden someone is lying beside you again. But it means nothing. You are just the only person in your flatshare with a wide bed … A film like a pop song. Sophisticatedly simple.

Ralph Eue
German Competition Short Film 2020
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Der Schornsteinsegler Frédéric Schuld
England, mid-19th century: children keep the flow of air going in narrow, sooty chimney flues. The report of a chimney sweep of the time is brought to life by pencil drawings.
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Der Schornsteinsegler

Animated Film
Germany
2020
5 minutes

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Frédéric Schuld
Fabian Driehorst
Daniela Conrad
FFHSH
Fabian Driehorst
Fabian Driehorst
Frédéric Schuld
Fabian Driehorst
Rebecca Blöcher
Alba Dragonetti
Frédéric Schuld
Frédéric Schuld
Alex Müller-Welt
Frédéric Schuld
Henry Holland
Joschua Zühlke
A chimney sweeper describes his everyday routine of forcing young kids to become workers. While we observe a kid cleaning a chimney, the master’s statement gets more and more personal with each sentence until it becomes clear that he is speaking about his own past. Being locked in a vicious circle, there seems to be no exit.
German Competition Short Film 2015
Die Weite suchen Falk Schuster

Many a GDR childhood was shaped by trips to the Baltic Sea – long drives on bad motorways in an overstuffed car, transit trucks and looking forward to the sea. But this is more than a nostalgic reworking of holiday memories.

2015

Die Weite suchen

Animadoc
Germany
2015
30 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Ralf Kukula
Falk Schuster
Peter Piek
Ralf Kukula
Stefan Urlaß
Julian Quitsch, Alexander Schmidt, Tim Romanowsky, Nicole Bauer, Francie Liebschner, Jan Mildner, Olaf Ulbricht
Falk Schuster
Florian Marquardt, Klangfee
Many a GDR childhood was shaped by trips to the Baltic Sea – long drives on bad motorways in an overstuffed car, transit trucks and looking forward to the sea. But this is more than a nostalgic reworking of holiday memories. From the innocent perspective of a seven-year-old boy the journey may seem like a big adventure, but the subtext of the reduced rotoscoped images exposes the absurdity of a life lived within narrow boundaries – one of which was the beach.

Annegret Richter
German Competition Short Film 2020
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Dieser Film heißt aus rechtlichen Gründen Breaking Bert Anne Isensee
Most accidents happen at home. Thus the appeal to one’s personal political responsibility comes as a surprise. Randomly reading a Brecht text inspires to take action.
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Dieser Film heißt aus rechtlichen Gründen Breaking Bert

Animated Film
Germany
2020
5 minutes

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Anne Isensee
Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Lorena Junghans
Cristina Marx
Cristina Marx
Anne Isensee
Anne Isensee
Anne Isensee
Jonathan Hamann
Irma Heinig
Franziska May
Anne Isensee
Arun Leander Boudodimos
This film begins with a long title and then moves swiftly to search for a good ending. A lot in between seems familiar. And yet it takes the world and its inhabitants quite seriously – in a humorous manner. An animated “Lehrstück” in black and white.

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
German Competition Short Film 2015
Eisen Benjamin Kahlmeyer

Portraits of asylum seekers from all over the world are set among impressions of a dreary life in a strictly composed sequence of images. They tell of hopes for a better life: here, in Germany.

Eisen

Documentary Film
Germany
2015
18 minutes
subtitles: 
German

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Felix Eisele
Benjamin Kahlmeyer
John Gürtler, Jan Miserre
Stefan Neuberger
Benjamin Kahlmeyer
Moritz Stumm
Benjamin Kahlmeyer
Jonathan Schorr
A foggy landscape with new buildings in Eisenhüttenstadt at the German-Polish border: "Eisen", Iron, that’s how they call the town here. Portraits of asylum seekers from all over the world are set among impressions of a dreary life in a strictly composed sequence of images. They tell of hopes for a better life: here, in Germany.

Zaza Rusadze



Golden Dove German Competition Short Film 2015

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Elefantin

Documentary Film
Germany
2020
29 minutes

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Marie Zrenner
Johanna Seggelke
Daniel Kunz
Kerstin Zachau
Johanna Seggelke
Johanna Seggelke
Oliver Buchalik
Melanie Jilg

Based on the biography of “maladjusted elephant Bibi”, a wild-caught elephant from Zimbabwe who was imported to the Zoo of East Berlin in 1989, the film questions our colonialism-influenced thinking in dealing with the “foreign”.
An essayistic search that blends the story of an animal body with reflections on the social body.

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Erwin

Documentary Film
Austria,
Germany
2020
16 minutes

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Jan Soldat
Jan Soldat
Gerald Weber
Dietmar Schwärzler
Gerald Weber
Jan Soldat
Jan Soldat
Like many of Soldat’s films, Erwin takes sexual routine as its point of departure. Desire is not on display or interpreted, but instead captured as integral to common and insufficiently documented forms of lifestyle and relationship. These forms of relationship include the filmic encounter between the filmmaker and the subject he is portraying: restrictive biographical formulas are avoided through the combination of Soldat's friendly, direct questions and Erwin’s concentrated willingness to provide information and pleasure performing for the camera. Erwin’s staging of himself as a “horny pig” tugging on his nipple clamps, his sexual fantasies involving his own father, the hardships of typical gay life in rural Austria as of the 1970s, territorial and social isolation inside a shuttered mobile home with a laptop serving as the only window – each piece coexists equally in the film, without one telling more about Erwin than the other. By the time a naked ass bids us farewell, Erwin has already made clear that here exposure serves the aim of self-determination and making contact. (Joachim Schätz)
German Competition Short Film 2017
F32.2 Annelie Boros

“Something happened to me,” Vera writes to her friend, the filmmaker Annelie. What happened is F32.2, the professional shorthand for depressive episodes without psychotic symptoms.

F32.2

Documentary Film
Germany
2017
40 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Florian Kamhuber, Fabian Halbig
Annelie Boros
Cico Beck, Florian Kreier
Julian Krubasik
Nina Ergang
Annelie Boros
Annika Sehn, Anja Scharf, Tuna Kaptan, Gisela Carbajal Rodríguez
“Something happened to me,” Vera writes to her friend, the filmmaker Annelie. What happened is F32.2, the professional shorthand for depressive episodes without psychotic symptoms. Experts are arguing over diagnoses and therapies, but (like Vera) are still puzzled. Medical jargon intrudes into the intimate epistolary trialogue between the protagonist, the director and the camera. MRT brain sections and subjective speech patterns, analysis and emphasis: a struggle for valid metaphors for a disease that comes “out of the blue”.

Sylvia Görke



Award winner of the Young Eyes Film Award 2017