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1969: After the violent end of the "Prague Spring" Hannah emigrates with her family to the Federal Republic of Germany. Only grandfather Zikmunt, Hannah's most important caregiver, remains at home. While the parents live the dream of the "golden West", the daughter takes a critical look at her new home. Humorous and critical view of the FRG from the point of view of immigrants. After the invasion of Soviet troops in Prague in 1968, Hannah emigrated with her family to West Germany. Only grandfather Zikmunt, for Hannah the most important reference person, remains in the Czech homeland. The first experiences as newcomers are sobering for the family. When the parents, soon plagued by economic hardship, want to return to ČSSR, it is Hannah who initiates the turnaround shortly before the border. She no longer wants to exchange the life opportunities she has gained by dealing with the new environment for a supposedly comfortable but unfree existence.
Gays are those with good taste who stand around in art galleries and smell good, every child knows that. Coming out is as common as brushing your teeth. And Political Correctness goes away like sliced bread. In this parody, however, she is pleasurably dismembered. About time. Grit Lemke
Nowadays football is an insane business model with unimaginable money transfers and with Stars and Champions League a multidimensional advertising machine that hardly anyone can resist - a global entertainment without end. Football, like coal mining, was one of the most important identification factors in Upper Silesia and was the model for the region. Silesian clubs dominated the Polish league for decades. With the collapse of the socialist system, football clubs also went downhill. Even the small team of Ruch Radzionków had the same fate. But the provincial club caused a sensation in the Polish football scene for several seasons due to the unprecedented commitment of the local small businesses. The film tells about the love of the club, about values that have long since disappeared from today's football - and about football as a culture and meaningful force of the local community. KM
The Cubans love their telenovelas, which reflect love and passion, but also make it possible to escape from everyday life. The documentary film observes men and women whose life and everyday stories are inseparably fused with the trivial television series. Large CRT televisions - Soviet licensed devices with the name "Caribe" - are repaired again and again. Everyone wants to see the new telenovelas, but no one can afford the new expensive televisions in the "shops". Uli Gaulke sets out in search of this passion: it's about love and the love of the love stories, about the men and women sitting in front of the TVs. The central figure is José, the television mechanic; a master of improvisation who, despite the lack of Soviet spare parts, keeps the television sets running. But José's private story is more tragic for him than all Telenovelas: after 14 years of marriage, his wife put him on the street, desperately looking for a new one. Silai, the boss of the hairdresser's, on the other hand, has had enough of men. HAVANNA MI AMOR is a fascinating web of living stories between melancholy and joie de vivre, as contradictory as the Cuban capital itself. WMH
A man in front of the (camera) mirror. The naked, young upper body implies images and notions from advertising and media ... that begin to dissolve as the body becomes visible as damaged and the (voyeuristic) gaze becomes embarrassingly touched and finally touched. Grit Lemke
Whether spiritual or secular, whether romantic or folksy, whether Italo opera or Cuba rumba, whether alone (secretly), with neighbours (fervently) or the cultural group (of the Moscow electric lamp factory!) - this impressionist assembly series stages a now rare cultural asset: the joy of singing. Barbara Worm
Jan spends his holidays on his uncle's freighter. Here he discovers Newena, a girl escaped from war-destroyed Bosnia on her way to her brother in Hamburg. What began for Jan as a mere change on the rather boring voyage becomes a test as he begins to comprehend the magnitude of the tragedy. Jan spends the summer holidays on the freighter of his uncle Fiete. Here he discovers 13-year-old Newena, who fled war-destroyed Bosnia to look for her brother in Hamburg. For Jan this encounter means at first only a pleasant change on the otherwise rather boring seafaring. But gradually he grasps the extent of the tragedy and decides to help Newena to the best of his ability. A film that recalls the worst chapters in recent history. At the same time he makes clear how children can grow with special tasks and how much they need real challenges.
The FilmFestival Cottbus dedicates an exhibition to the Lusatian artist Maja Nagel and shows excerpts from her versatile oeuvre: drawn metamorphoses, documented performances, memories of villages dredged away and a poetic contemplation of the disappearance of the Muskauer Heide. Documentation of the performance in the Festspielhaus Hellerau (Dresden) as part of the German-Argentine exhibition project "Drei Ufer" in May 2000.
The high art of animated short stories - Piotr Dumałas Cartoons almost always manage without dialogue and still tell stories: about the wolf in man, about the "black cap", about fairy tale characters from space, about Franz Kafka's life or about Dostoevsky's "guilt and atonement". Adaptation of the famous novel by Fjodor Dostojewski. Stimulating images are accompanied by expressive music by Janusz Hajdun, which becomes a decisive factor in this literary adaptation without words. (Catalog Wrocław, 2009)