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Joy

Joy

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Dzhoy
Daria Slyusarenko
Russia
International Competition
Bliss and misery are close together in the travelling circus. Full of wit and tragedy, “Joy” tells of ambitious clowns, painful relationships and the rough life behind the scenes.
Live Stream
Live Stream

Joy

Joy

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Dzhoy
Daria Slyusarenko
Russia
International Competition
Bliss and misery are close together in the travelling circus. Full of wit and tragedy, “Joy” tells of ambitious clowns, painful relationships and the rough life behind the scenes.
CineStar 4
CineStar 4

Children

Children

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Yeladim
Ada Ushpiz
Israel
International Competition
Why do Palestinian minors take part in the Intifada against Israel? Ada Ushpiz follows children and their families and witnesses terrible pressure.
Live Stream
Live Stream

Children

Children

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Yeladim
Ada Ushpiz
Israel
International Competition
Why do Palestinian minors take part in the Intifada against Israel? Ada Ushpiz follows children and their families and witnesses terrible pressure.
Hauptbahnhof Osthalle
Hauptbahnhof Osthalle

Girls/Museum

Free entry

Girls/Museum

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Girls/Museum
Shelly Silver
Germany
International Competition
Girls in an exhibition: visitors aged between seven and nineteen contemplate individual works in the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts and offer spontaneous interpretations.
Video-on-Demand
Video-on-Demand

Girls/Museum

Girls/Museum

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Girls/Museum
Shelly Silver
Germany
International Competition
Girls in an exhibition: visitors aged between seven and nineteen contemplate individual works in the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts and offer spontaneous interpretations.
Video-on-Demand
Video-on-Demand

Children

Children

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Yeladim
Ada Ushpiz
Israel
International Competition
Why do Palestinian minors take part in the Intifada against Israel? Ada Ushpiz follows children and their families and witnesses terrible pressure.
Video-on-Demand
Video-on-Demand

Joy

Joy

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Dzhoy
Daria Slyusarenko
Russia
International Competition
Bliss and misery are close together in the travelling circus. Full of wit and tragedy, “Joy” tells of ambitious clowns, painful relationships and the rough life behind the scenes.
Passage Kinos Astoria
Passage Kinos Astoria

Films for All 5+

Mein Bruder macht im Tonfilm die Geräusche

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Mein Bruder macht im Tonfilm die Geräusche
Meike Fehre
Germany
Kids DOK
Charlie explores the history of music with Grandpa Günter, the circus elephant. Today he meets Grandpa’s brother Karl-Heinz, who makes the strangest noises for the sound film.

Autumn Winds, Spring Winds and Two Doves

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Badhaye paeezi, badhaye bahari va do kabootar
Sadegh Javadi Nikjeh
Iran
Kids DOK
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.

Der kleine Vogel und die Bienen

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Der kleine Vogel und die Bienen
Lena von Döhren
Switzerland
Kids DOK
What’s this? The little bird wonders about its buzzing neighbour and stumbles after the bee across the meadows. But watch out, the fox is already lurking behind a tree!

Mishou

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Mishou
milen Vitanov
Bulgaria,
Germany
Kids DOK
When a small dog is forgotten in the midst of the arctic desert, four snow hares take heart-warming care of him. But they don’t know very much about what a dog really needs.

Souvenir

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Souvenir
Paloma Canonica, Cristina Vilches Estella
Spain,
Switzerland
Kids DOK
Father and daughter climb up high, glide through water, travel over land, fly through the air and into space. A film about collecting souvenirs.

Just for the Record

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Just for the Record
Vojin Vasović
Canada,
Serbia
Kids DOK
The small recording device REC is startled by its own voice. Tirelessly REC tries to attract a bird to record its beautiful song.

Der Besuch

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Der Besuch
Alexandra Schatz
Germany
Kids DOK
When a paper plane flutters into Elise’s home one day, she gets an unexpected visit from Emil. Now everything is different. And actually much nicer.
Video on Demand
Video on Demand

DOK Neuland Hauptausstellung

Gimme One

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Gimme One
Montague FitzGerald
UK
Extended Reality
A subculture opens up: the ballroom scene reflects its reality, its ideas of cultural appropriation and self-empowerment far from the social norms of the majority.

To Miss the Ending

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To Miss the Ending
Anna West, David Callanan
UK
Extended Reality
What happens when we digitize our consciousness? We explore a virtual refuge where the memories of the population gradually blur and overlap.

The Smallest of Worlds – A Social Landscape of Collected Privacy

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The Smallest of Worlds – A Social Landscape of Collected Privacy
Uwe Brunner, Bettina Katja Lange, Joan Soler-Adillon
Austria,
Germany,
Spain
Extended Reality
Walk-in archive, time capsule and storage for the collective memory of a state of emergency: globally collected snapshots of self-isolation and quarantine.

Ilios

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Ilios
Marcel Karnapke, Mika Johnson
Germany,
Czech Republic
Extended Reality
When the artist duo Karnapke and Johnson are separated by Covid-19 in the middle of a project, the result is a correspondence about the constant change we live in.

Hypha

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Hypha
Natalia Cabrera
Chile
Extended Reality
A VR experience that's really a whole universe. Hardly anyone knows the world of fungi, though it surrounds us. Here we shrink to a hypha and become part of it.

The Shape of Us

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The Shape of Us
Anna Mauersberger, Niki Smit
Germany,
Netherlands
Extended Reality
Accompanied by Mother Nature we embark on a collective journey. In this multiplayer VR ritual, we get the chance to become reconciled with her and ourselves.

Locus Solus

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Locus Solus
Krzysztof Garbaczewski
Poland
Extended Reality
Loosely based on Raymond Roussel’s novel “Locus Solus”, we explore the world of the inventor Martial Canterel. His estate is a place of innovation but completely without morals.

Gravity VR

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Gravity VR
Fabito Rychter, Amir Admoni
Brazil,
Peru
Extended Reality
Osario and Benedito live in a space where gravity doesn’t seem to exist. Their cosmos knows neither up nor down. But is all this lightness just an illusion after all?

Der Dröhner

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Der Dröhner
Karl Russell
Germany
Extended Reality
Complete darkness, sensory overload is turned off. Sound takes over the lead and makes stories emerge. They play exclusively in our own heads.
Passage Kinos Wintergarten
Passage Kinos Wintergarten

Competition for the Audience Award - Animation Only

Familie Zilla macht Picknick

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Familie Zilla macht Picknick
Christian Franz Schmidt
Germany
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film
Being a monster is not easy. When a big city must to be flattened, little Go Zilla fails to destroy enough homes. A family outing with consequences.

It’s All the Salt’s Fault

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Todo es culpa de la sal
María Cristina Pérez
Colombia
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film
Picture by picture a daughter looks through the family album, encountering parents, siblings, parties and excursions. In her commentary one can taste the salt and poison behind that normalcy.

Step Into the River

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Dans la rivière
Weijia Ma
China,
France
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film
A poetic, touching animated film about two young girls and their special relationship to the nearby river highlights the consequences of China’s one-child policy.

Me

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Yo
Begoña Arostegui
Spain
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film
A conventional sign that reads simply “park” triggers a storm of thoughts for a well-to-do older gentleman. With just one word, his cosy everyday routine is turned upside down.

Out of Bounds

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Out of Bounds
Franz Impler
Germany
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film
A video game takes some entertaining and philosophical wrong turns: the tennis player slides from the centre court into a parallel world. A search for identity outside the rules of the game begins.

Burp

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Burp
Ethan Barrett
USA
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film
Eating dirt and burping with relish – an earthworm refuses to be satisfied with this embarrassing evolutionary outcome for his species. He sets out to learn better things.
CineStar 4
CineStar 4

Bulletproof

CineStar 2
CineStar 2

Joy

Joy

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Dzhoy
Daria Slyusarenko
Russia
International Competition
Bliss and misery are close together in the travelling circus. Full of wit and tragedy, “Joy” tells of ambitious clowns, painful relationships and the rough life behind the scenes.
Passage Kinos Wintergarten
Passage Kinos Wintergarten

Lift Like a Girl

Lift Like a Girl

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Ash ya Captain
Mayye Zayed
Egypt,
Germany,
Denmark
German Competition
A concentrated analysis of human strengths and weaknesses using the example of the strange relationship between an Egyptian sports coach and his weightlifting student.
CineStar 4
CineStar 4

Children

Children

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Yeladim
Ada Ushpiz
Israel
International Competition
Why do Palestinian minors take part in the Intifada against Israel? Ada Ushpiz follows children and their families and witnesses terrible pressure.
Schaubühne Lindenfels
Schaubühne Lindenfels

The Guardian

Die Wächterin

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Die Wächterin
Martina Priessner
Germany
German Competition
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.
CineStar 2
CineStar 2

A Lonely City

Eine einsame Stadt

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Eine einsame Stadt
Nicola Graef
Germany
Competition for the Audience Award
There’s no better place for a lonely life than Berlin. A portrait of a city with its diverse inhabitants, which strikes the right notes far away from any hullabaloo.
Passage Kinos Astoria
Passage Kinos Astoria

A Black Jesus

A Black Jesus

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A Black Jesus
Luca Lucchesi
Germany
Competition for the Audience Award
In the small Sicilian town of Siculiana, people place their fate in the hands of a black Christ, but do not totally trust the African refugees living nearby.
Grassimuseum
Grassimuseum

animation@DOK 25aus25 1

100 Jahre Kino

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100 Jahre Kino
Heinrich Sabl
Germany
Re-Visions
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.

Achilles

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Achilles
Barry Purves
UK
Re-Visions
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.

Grüezi

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Grüezi
Jonas Raeber
Switzerland
Re-Visions
A plaid man, a friendly hello, a praise of travelling to the South – followed by an animated escalation of everything that long needed to be said.

Fight da faida

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Fight da faida
Vincenzo Gioanola
Italy
Re-Visions
A garishly colourful political rap video from Italy. Politics, business and daily life are poisoned by the influence of Mafia and Camorra. Fight da faida! Fight blood vengeance!

Stepping Out of the Bath

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Sortie de bain
Florence Henrard
Belgium
Re-Visions
Mom, dad and their little daughter in a playlet set between kitchen and bathtub: an ordinary family rehearses after-work emergencies in an ingeniously sketched chamber play.

Hilary

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Hilary
Anthony Hodgson
UK
Re-Visions
A bizarre bedtime story featuring a princess and her toy mouse, a mother urging suspicion and a dogfood-munching grandfather.

Nyurka’s Bath

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Nyurkina banya
Oksana Cherkasova
Russia
Re-Visions
On the eve of the wedding Mother Nyurka heats up the sauna, and the household spirit makes sure that the whole wedding company get their long-deserved thrashing.

My Baby Left Me

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My Baby Left Me
Milorad Krstić
Hungary
Re-Visions
Sexual hallucinations of an abandoned man. The hell of jealousy mingles with the bonfire of vanities, pink longing fades into purple lust.

Switchcraft

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Svichkraft
Konstantin Bronzit
Russia
Re-Visions
No sign of peaceful coexistence: A lazy cat, a nervous human and a clever mouse who doesn’t show herself but still compels absolute attention.

Buy My Film!

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Buy My Film!
John Schnall
USA
Re-Visions
An unappreciated filmmaker wants to be part of the big industry, sell himself and be bought. A torrent of buzzwords from the beginner’s guide to self-marketing.
Cinémathèque Leipzig
Cinémathèque Leipzig

Against Interpretation

Fulesee

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Fulesee
Christina Benz
Switzerland
International Competition Short Film
With fear, light fades. Sunken memories arise during a dive. Anxiety grows and powerful language shapes this sand animation.

Sogni al campo

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Sogni al campo
Magda Guidi, Mara Cerri
France,
Italy
International Competition Short Film
In search of the cat Leo a boy roams through sunny, crayon coloured fields. Drifting without a care is part of the last throes of childhood before it ends.

Erwin

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Erwin
Jan Soldat
Austria,
Germany
German Competition Short Film
A mobile home in his front garden is Erwin’s refuge. Here he drinks his coffee and writes applications, here he satisfies his desire for men. Jan Soldat comes to visit.

Flying Low

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Volando bajo
Diego Piñeros García, Elkin Calderón Guevara
Colombia
International Competition Short Film
A DC-3 talks about its turbulent past as an airliner and cargo plane: an entranced trip at dizzy heights through history, landscapes and visions.

Makarìa

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Makarìa
Giulia Attanasio
Italy,
Spain
International Competition Short Film
A portrait steeped in colours and music of a young singer quivering with life, her dedication to the traditions of southern Italy and her attempt to break out. Freedom. Rhythm. Tragedy.
Live Stream
Live Stream

The Annotated Field Guide of Ulysses S. Grant

The Annotated Field Guide of Ulysses S. Grant

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The Annotated Field Guide of Ulysses S. Grant
Jim Finn
USA
International Competition
The American Civil War dissected: a distinctive 16mm film and animated war board games reveal a divided nation full of rebels.
CineStar 4
CineStar 4

The Annotated Field Guide of Ulysses S. Grant

The Annotated Field Guide of Ulysses S. Grant

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The Annotated Field Guide of Ulysses S. Grant
Jim Finn
USA
International Competition
The American Civil War dissected: a distinctive 16mm film and animated war board games reveal a divided nation full of rebels.
Passage Kinos Wintergarten
Passage Kinos Wintergarten

Zaho Zay

Zaho Zay

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Zaho Zay
Maéva Ranaïvojaona, Georg Tiller
Austria,
France,
Madagascar
Camera Lucida – Out of Competition
A hybrid narrative of searching and haunting, speculating about the mysterious paths and profound traumas of its landscapes and all who walk in them.
Passage Kinos Astoria
Passage Kinos Astoria

The Painting

The Painting

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El cuadro
Andrés Sanz Vicente
Spain
Competition for the Audience Award
Are we looking at a painting or is it looking back at us? Velázquez’s larger-than-life painting “Las Meninas” sparks captivating digressions about curiosity and penetrating gazes.
CineStar 2
CineStar 2

Across Country

Dark Matter

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Dark Matter
Viktor Brim
Germany,
Russia
German Competition Short Film
The technological and ideological traces of humans have transformed the earth from dark matter to a dark affair which despite everything brings forth new forms.

Water Silhouettes

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Siluetas de agua
Violeta Paus
Chile
International Competition Short Film
An elaborated image and sound composition focused on three Chilean women. Each embodies a part of the conflicts that have arisen from the privatisation of the national water supply.

Trouble Sleep

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Trouble Sleep
Alain Kassanda
France,
Nigeria
International Competition Short Film
A dynamic portrait of everyday life in Ibadan: In the hustle and bustle of the Nigerian metropolis, film author Alain Kassanda uses every tool of the cinematic art to take the pulse of this megacity.
Hauptbahnhof Osthalle
Hauptbahnhof Osthalle

Bahnhof, Film und Vorwärtskommen

Free entry

Leipzig – MITROPA [Ausschnitt]

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Leipzig – MITROPA [Ausschnitt]
Herbert Kasinski
GDR
Genius Loci
A portrait of the Mitropa restaurant at the Central Station. Lively music accompanies impressive figures: Every day, 800 trains carrying 250,000 passengers arrived at 32 platforms.

Tatort Bahngelände [Ausschnitt]

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Tatort Bahngelände [Ausschnitt]
Gabriele Stange
GDR
Genius Loci
Three boys play near the forbidden tracks. Dangerous situations are commented on by a strict voice. The solution? Kids, why don’t you play with model trains instead!

Pioniere, Dampf gemacht!

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Pioniere, Dampf gemacht!
Renate Müller, Frank Schumann, Matthias Heyn
GDR
Genius Loci
A lady, presumably from the FRG, on the Pioneers railway: Her astonishment at children who ask in all seriousness to see her ticket is humorously portrayed.

Schrankenspiele

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Schrankenspiele
Ralph Kollowa
GDR
Genius Loci
An ironic short film set to the music of Schlager singer Chris Doerk: The seemingly endless wait at railway crossings leads to the formation of couples and other fateful events.

S-Bahn Leipzig [Ausschnitt]

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S-Bahn Leipzig [Ausschnitt]
Ralph Kollowa
GDR
Genius Loci
The Leipzig S-Bahn was inaugurated in 1968/69 as a state-of-the-art mobility option for the population. The heart-shaped layout of the lines, recognizable even today, dates back to this time.

TAKRAF Eisenbahndrehkrane [Ausschnitt]

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TAKRAF Eisenbahndrehkrane [Ausschnitt]
VEB Schwermaschinenbaukombinat TAKRAF
GDR
Genius Loci
A commercial for the railway slewing cranes of the TAKRAF Combine: Its successor company is still the world market leader today and operates in Leipzig-Lindenau under the name “Kirow”.

Die letzte Fahrt

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Die letzte Fahrt
Filmstudio Kulturhaus der Eisenbahner Leipzig
GDR
Genius Loci
The tone is sober, but the occasion inspires nostalgia: the last ride of an express steam train from Leipzig Central Station on 30 September 1978.

[Leipzig, Bahnhofsvorplatz]

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[Leipzig, Bahnhofsvorplatz]
Stadtkabinett für Kulturarbeit Leipzig
GDR
Genius Loci
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.
Schaubühne Lindenfels
Schaubühne Lindenfels

Robin’s Hood

Robin’s Hood

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Robin’s Hood
Jasmin Baumgartner
Austria
Competition for the Audience Award
Robin, president of the Vienna football club RSV, loves his “dirty rotten bunch”. Passion is his recipe. That goes for moral courage, discipline and parties.
Grassimuseum
Grassimuseum

Inside and Outside

Dieser Film heißt aus rechtlichen Gründen Breaking Bert

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Dieser Film heißt aus rechtlichen Gründen Breaking Bert
Anne Isensee
Germany
German Competition Short Film
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.

Me

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Yo
Begoña Arostegui
Spain
Competition for the Audience Award Short Film
A conventional sign that reads simply “park” triggers a storm of thoughts for a well-to-do older gentleman. With just one word, his cosy everyday routine is turned upside down.

E14

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E14
Peiman Zekavat
UK
International Competition Short Film
A reflective approach to observations during the spring 2020 Corona lockdown in London: the virus as a warning sign for the future of investor-friendly urban spaces.

London Knowledge

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London Knowledge
Max Colson
UK
International Competition Short Film
Day and night, London taxi drivers are required to memorise 320 routes – a joke for the robot cars of the future. But there’s a lot more to the job than just getting people from A to B.

Zwischen mir und der Welt / Aufräumen

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Zwischen mir und der Welt / Aufräumen
Michaela Schwentner
Austria
International Competition Short Film
Michaela Schwentner looks into the phenomenon of autism spectrum disorder (also called Asperger syndrome) in a refreshingly understanding and perceptive way.

To Feather, to Wither

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To Feather, to Wither
Hanna Hovitie
Belgium,
Finland,
Hungary,
Portugal
International Competition Short Film
Dead crows, mythical messengers of the gods, shortly before being resurrected by a taxidermist. A charged atmospheric study of craft, imagination and poetry.
Cinémathèque Leipzig
Cinémathèque Leipzig

To the Moon

To the Moon

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To the Moon
Tadhg O’Sullivan
Ireland
Camera Lucida – Out of Competition
Nocturnal worlds bathed in mysterious light, between decadently beautiful blood moon and the naïve freshness of the new moon. A romantic ode to one of cinema’s central motifs.