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A long-term observation of the old Sorbian village, which is listed as a historical monument and has fallen victim to open-cast lignite mining. The fate of Horno also stands for the disappearance of the grown village and natural life as well as for the Sorbian language and culture threatened by extinction. The documentary film examines why not only the villagers, but also people throughout Europe have worked for its preservation for so long. Did they still see in Horno the connection to an old, archaic world? The disappearance of what is perhaps understood by home?
The "Hotel Diaries" were created over a period of six years in hotels in six different countries. Against the background of Bush and Blair's "war on terror", they relate personal experiences with the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel/Palestine through a series of videos. In these works, which work with random coincidences, the hotel room becomes a "found" film set in which my own little adventures are metaphorically linked with the great world events with the help of architecture, furniture and decoration. John Smith
Robert, Tatjana and Alen came to Berlin as young people from the former Yugoslavia. The film tells their stories, tells of the war, the arrival in Germany, integration, but also of the part of Berlin's nightlife where people of all nations are welcome. True to her motto, "Mi plesemo!" (We dance!). Robert, Tatjana and Alen came to Berlin in their youth. As refugees from countries waging war against each other, they withdrew with like-minded people from the nationalistic gossip of their compatriots to the Kreuzberg scene. At some point they started playing Yugoslavian rock and pop in the pubs: the idea for "Balkan Beats" was born, first as a gag on the occasion of Tito's birthday. Intelligent cultural recycling quickly became a popular happening that ironically connects musical worlds to this day. The documentary portrays three of the makers.
The 17-year-old Malte lives with his father in a dilapidated villa in the Baltic seaside resort of Ahlbeck. His mother died years ago. His sister has moved to the West, but suddenly she returns home. Her five-year-old son is with her, bringing new momentum to Malta's dreary life. 17-year-old Malte lives with his father in a dilapidated villa in the Baltic seaside resort of Ahlbeck. The mother died years ago, the sister moved to the West. His Polish friend Paweł, a beach gigolo, sweetened his sadness. He introduces him to Annika, with whom he hesitantly falls in love. When Malte's sister suddenly returns with her five-year-old son, the little nephew brings new strength into the teenager's life. KM
9,000 photos generated, edited and assembled from Google as an illusion of a journey: through streets, corridors, cellars and vaults, over motorways, boulevards, railway stations - and rails leading to a gate ... What seems like a meditative flow ends as a metaphor for civilization, in ashes and anger. Grit Lemke
Director Thomas Heise travels to southern France to visit his brother. He will also find the former unofficial employee (IM) who had been spying on him for years for the Stasi - his brother's best friend. Is something like reconciliation possible - what does life look like after betrayal? A thoughtful approach to a spectacular subject. "Of course it was treason. We already learned this at school: no squealing. But they tattled. ... He told me, right after the Wall. Fuck it, man! One grappa, then it was done," says Andreas. He lives with his best friend Micha in the southern French Pyrenees. Micha spyed on Andreas and Thomas, the sons of the philosopher Wolfgang Heise, for years after he spent a year and a half in jail in 1975 for hooliganism. Nevertheless the inseparable friends live today again under one roof. Micha took Andreas in when he came seriously ill to him in the mountains - to die. The dying became nothing, but the old friendship lives again. Director Heise lets us participate in a very personal reappraisal of betrayal and GDR history, which can hardly be more unagitated and maybe that's why it's so close to real life. KF
A small town on the Sea of Azov in the 1960s: Grandfather walks with the souls of his ancestors while older tourists enjoy their mud packs. In between, two boys grow up to be men. A Coming-of-Age between small quarrels and first love. In the small town of Tmurtarkani on the Azov Sea, ruins from ancient Greek times were found near the beach in the 1960s. Besides grandfather deals with the soul migration of his ancestors. The spa business sometimes takes on bizarre traits: older tourists recover with mud packs and the younger ones hope for little flirtations. Meanwhile, Ignat and children, two boys from Tmurtarkani, grow up to be men. A coming-of-age between small quarrels and first love, staged as a warm summer fairy tale with shrill undertones. BB
"Trainspotting" in the Aalborg drug milieu: Maria is stuck in her relationship to the dealer Asger. Steso, addicted to the excessive drug kick, gets into a brooding as his girlfriend Tilda runs away. And Allan returns to his hometown after a long journey by ship, where he once worked as a dealer. But now the past is taking its toll. Fascinating film adaptation of the Danish cult novel of the same name. The stories of Maria, Steso and Allan, who fight for survival in the Aalborg drug milieu: Maria does not succeed in freeing herself from the dependent relationship with the dealer Asger. The young Steso has fully committed himself to excessive drug use and is only taken to task when his childhood sweetheart Tilda lets him down. And Allan returns to his hometown after a long journey by ship, where he once got involved in the drug business. Now the past is taking its toll. NORDKRAFT is based on the cult novel by Jakob Ejersbo. (Catalogue Lübeck, 2005)
Backwards running pictures as a game with the thesis that everything used to be better. A great design on the possibility of reversal. What if I did? "The mushrooms shall creep back into the ground / And the bombs shall creep back into the airplane belly / The hole in heaven shall close again / And the holes in the ground / And so shall they." (Gundermann) Grit Lemke
First great love. A train travels through the mountainous snowy landscape and stops at a small railway station. There's a girl inside. By chance she catches the gaze of a boy at the otherwise deserted train station. He looks at her with big eyes. The beginning of a relationship? The train continues bumping. The boy follows him, when he enters the station he already stands there again to greet the girl. Next stop, same game. More and more a connection develops between the two, which gets along without words. The looks and a smile say more. George Ovashvili stages a human approach with great sensitivity and plays with clichés and expectations. MM