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Exit from the surface 4 short films by Donald Saischowa Multifaceted evening with short films by Donald Saischowa, cameraman of the TV series "Schätze der Welt - Erbe der Menschheit" about the UNESCO World Heritage. The film series is devoted to early portraits of artist friends such as Hans Scheuerecker. The sorbian artist Fred Pötschke lives and works in the Spreewald. An international workshop on monument protection in the UNESCO biosphere reserve Spreewald was the occasion for this film.
The son of a German-born family in Uzbekistan has to watch his parents being deported by soldiers. The 12-year-old, now on his own, barely escapes the children's home and flees. Usman Saparov openly shows the contradictions between the ruling socialist ideology and national traditions. During the Second World War, various ethnic mass deportations were carried out in the Soviet Union under incredible sacrifices. The members of the German minority who immigrated to Turkmenistan at the end of the 19th century were forcibly resettled in this region. Saparov and his screenwriter Ludmila Papilova turn against the ethnic homogenisation policy prescribed by Stalin with their sensitively narrated drama: "At the time they divided into republics what they did not need to divide into republics. It would have been better to let everyone live in one country and not make such differences - Turkmen, Russians, Germans. There's a novel that tells about how to create a ministry of love to destroy love. That's the way it's been around here: From the different parts one has formed a whole in order to destroy the individual", said Papilova in an interview. SwS
Thomas lives in southern Albania and belongs to the Greek minority. With two friends he sets off for his supposed homeland - Greece. But even in the "promised land" they live in a semi-world, between two cultures, and are exposed to latent racism on their journey into the unknown. The first Greek movie about the ambivalent relationship to the Albanian Neighbours. "To the Albanians we are Greeks, and to the Greeks we are Albanians." Three friends, members of the Greek minority and living in southern Albania, cross the border into Greece to find work. But there they are only viewed suspiciously and pushed back and forth by the authorities. FROM THE SNOW was the first Greek film to deal with the ambivalent relationship to the Albanian neighbours. As sober as it is moving, the director depicts the arrival of a handful of refugees in the "Promised Land", which ends as a journey into the unknown.
Let's go into exile. Tbilisi in the 1990s. Levan wants to leave the country. With a light heart he says goodbye to everyday things, brings the neighbour's daughter to school, visits the cemetery again. But then everything will be different. Levan actually lives that way into the day. However, he doesn't miss the opportunity to bring the neighbour girl Nutsa to school every morning. Happy and in a good mood, he walks through the streets, stops at the tobacco shop to steal cigarettes for the last time. He gets rid of his now useless pistol in the urban river. Then he meets his friend Gio, and the tragedy takes its course. Artistic contemporary document by Gio Mgeladze about the phase in Georgia's recent history marked by distribution struggles and the civil war over Abkhazia. The leading actor was killed before the film was finished. MM
An ironic view of Berlin's Marzahn district. Once erected as a backdrop for the socialist hope for the "new man", filmmaker Jan Ralske asks himself the question at the beginning of the 1990s: What is Marzahn today? Three unemployed give answer. Three buddies meet on a plateau in Marzahn, with a view over East Berlin prefabricated buildings. They're flirting, drinking their beer, chatting and getting bored. It makes sentences like, "Where you come from, it's no longer there. Where you think you're going, there never was." Or: "What is the rental legislation of the FRG other than class struggle?" In their own way, they roll over the ice like skates. KF
A music video by Stephen and Timothy Quay, produced as a stop motion experimental film for the American indie band project "His Name Is Alive". This radical sequel to the Quay Brothers' first "Silent Night" films tells the story of a rabbit and a doll and looks as if Alice is not in Wonderland, but rather immersed in a morbid nightmare. Ralph Eue