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The game of life is about taking on a role. Whoever fills them in the best possible way wins. There are rules for girls and boys, women and men. But what happens if you're not allowed to play because you don't fit in? What it feels like to break out and set up your own set of rules. Kim Busch
Gabita is four months pregnant, 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days to be exact. She doesn't want to keep the child, but in communist Romania abortions are forbidden. Therefore, a man is instructed to carry out the abortion illegally. When he demands more money, the young woman gets involved in a business that will change her forever. Sensitive masterpiece - winner of the "Golden Palm" of Cannes. The film takes place in Romania under the Ceausescu regime in 1987. Friends Otilia and Gabita study together at the Polytechnic and share a room in the student residence. Gabita has a problem: she is four months pregnant, actually 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days. She does not want to keep the child, but in communist Romania abortions are strictly forbidden. Illegal operations are punishable by imprisonment. The girls follow the advice of a friend and order the dubious Mr. Bébé to an illegal abortion in the hotel. Gabita, however, has long exceeded the deadline for a timely abortion. The man therefore demands more money for his service, but the two girlfriends do not have that. Under time pressure, they negotiate with him and entangle themselves in a business that will change them forever. The director has created a masterpiece with this sensitive and powerful drama, outstanding actors and a stringent script.
26 actors meet at a casting. They think about missed chances and the changes of the last 20 years in their home country Bulgaria. All of them are controlled and monitored. An unusual cinematic experimental arrangement about the Wende generation and the acting profession. 20 years ago director Rangel Valchanov assembled 26 young actors for his film A sega nakade? In the film participants of a casting are manipulated by an anonymous committee, no one is allowed to leave the hall. Now the participants meet again, reflect on opportunities taken and missed as well as the changes in Bulgaria. This time the scenery is controlled by a businessman. The protagonists are not standing in front of locked doors - but the area is monitored by a private security service. An unusual cinematic experimental arrangement about the Wende generation and the acting profession. BB
Ickarus is a live DJ and composer. Outside the techno temples he tours the world with his girlfriend and manager and is about to release his album - if it weren't for his drug addiction. An authentic picture of the Berlin electro music scene with DJ Paul Kalkbrenner in the leading role. At his side are Rita Lengyel and Cottbus-born Rolf Peter Kahl. The musicians of the YouTube generation compose on their laptops, fly around the world and don't need lyrics. They sell their tracks via downloads, are thus independent of major majors and are service providers in the best sense of the word for dance enthusiasts in the international, globalised club landscape. This film is about such a musician. Ickarus is a Berlin electronic live DJ and composer. Outside the dance clubs he is called Martin Karow, tours the world with his girlfriend and manager Mathilde and is about to release his big album. But Mathilde finds it increasingly difficult to control the situation because of Martin's drug addiction. After a performance in a drug addiction frenzy, DJ Ickarus is finally admitted to a Berlin nerve clinic. There he begins to write music again and makes friends with the other patients. Mathilde, on the other hand, encounters Corinna while she is doing so, and the DJ's album release shifts into the unknown. This authentic image of the Berlin electro music scene, starring DJ Paul Kalkbrenner, is not the director's first homage to his adopted home Berlin. His feature film debut BERLIN IS IN GERMANY already earned him several national and international awards.
"Romeo and Juliet" in distant Kyrgyzstan: She comes from the city, he from the country - both want to get married. The conflict seems pre-programmed, but at first the bride takes pleasure in the village customs and traditions. Until she watches her groom play love with her rival. On her way back to town, she becomes the victim of a bride abduction. A poetic film that combines seriousness with lightness. In today's Kyrgyzstan. A young couple in love wants to get married. She comes from a quite modern city, he from the rural area, rather shaped by tradition and customs. The conflict between a strictly traditional rural population and the more liberal urbanites is inevitable. But at first it is the apparently tolerant bridal parents who express prejudices against life in the province. The bride, on the other hand, enjoys the customs and traditions of the villagers during the wedding preparations - until she observes her groom playing love with another woman. Insulted, she wants to get back to town immediately and get a ride. However, she becomes the victim of an archaic custom with quite serious consequences: an abduction, after which the bride remains with her abductor. She doesn't seem particularly sad about it, out of disappointment with her groom. The young woman and her kidnapper approach each other carefully and lovingly until a tender love develops between the two... The film tells in an unusual way about the gap between traditional values and modern life. He leaves it to the viewer to evaluate this conflict by combining the seriousness of the story with a credible and fascinating lightness.
The world, a ball of wool. Nature, knitting. But don't pull the thread! Sarah Cox has created a remarkable picture of climate change and its consequences for our ecosystem with her barely three-minute film. "Don't Let It All Unravel" was produced for the Live Earth concerts that took place in 2007 to draw attention to global warming. Duscha Kistler
The life of film critic Bob consists of cinema, writing, drinking and TV. When he finally succeeds in inviting the attractive cinema employee, he knocks - and Duska is at the door. Bob manages to get rid of his forgotten Russian acquaintance, but then loneliness spreads and he sets out to search for him. The closed Dutch film critic Bob is unexpectedly struck by a forgotten friend from Eastern Europe. After he has shaken off the penetratingly hearty Duska, a paralyzing feeling of loneliness spreads and he sets off in search of him. In the former Soviet Union he ends up in a remote Ukrainian village and becomes part of an Eastern European film. The director combines the subtle-ironic portrait of a midlife crisis with transcendent motifs and subtle-surreal reflection. BB
After her husband's death, Dora learns of his double life. Shortly afterwards, when she met the talented 13-year-old Amir, she gave him the valuable violin of the late musician. But the instrument does not bring the young virtuoso any luck, because Amir's constantly drunken and gambling addicted father has little understanding for his talent. A moving melodrama in the milieu of a Bosnian refugee family. After the death of her husband, who was a well-known violinist, Dora Fabiani traces his double life. She bequeaths his instrument to the talented Amir, son of a poor Bosnian couple. However, when Dora's own son claims the valuable instrument, the result is a scandal. Psychologically sensitively staged, the antagonisms unfold between the deceased musician and his wife, between the unfulfilled longing of Amir's mother and her constantly drunken husband, and between classical music and the folk songs of the Spelunken.
He meets a woman at his parents' grave. Later she crosses his path again. He lives between modern new buildings in an old small hut, his parents' house. It's getting in the way of the high-rise investors. He's supposed to sell, but he refuses. A resistance that is not "contemporary" and has consequences. For a short time yet he feels safe with the woman in his cottage and a friend who worries him about work. A clean little life, simple and happy. But David versus Goliath? In Azerbaijan, too, this rarely turns out well. KF
A young couple in love emerges from a mysterious underwater world to the surface. Around them music and light. Suddenly they disappear again. In between they find themselves in a bathtub, in the middle of an old terrace room, whose former beauty can still be guessed. Apparently they have been amusing themselves in this strange place for quite some time, as a glance at the edge of the bathtub and beyond reveals.
The writer Andreas Sam, son of a Jewish Hungarian-Serb family, searches the multi-ethnic Vojvodina region for his family history and his father, who disappeared in the Second World War. But instead of answers he finds more and more questions. Based on motifs by the Yugoslav writer Danilo Kiš. Andreas Sam, son of a Jewish Hungarian-Serbian family, searches Vojvodina for his family history and his father who disappeared during the Second World War. There, childhood memories meet a present in which the shadows of war, persecution, nationalism and ideological dogmas dance trauma. Instead of answers, Sam finds more and more questions in the Hungarian-Serbian border region. Based on motifs from the novel "Peščanik" ("Sandglass", 1972) by Danilo Kiš, the contemplative black-and-white pictures reflect a piece of deliberately forgotten history - exemplary for many multi-ethnic regions of Eastern Europe. BB
The silver champion trophy from the Soviet Latvian championship in shot-putting plays a fatal role in this story of a sporty but slightly dysfunctional family. Bogdan, the Ukrainian exchange student, who is almost stabbed with a fork, also joins them. So from now on the sausages are eaten with spoons and the slightly powerless husband tries to exchange names with his neighbour. Further absurd situations follow. It's all pretty laconically told. MB
Igor comes from England to his Serbian homeland and spends the night with old friends. But the visit developed differently than expected, because the people who stayed at home were burdened with unexpected problems. Energetic, disillusioned drama about the generation of today's thirty-year-olds. The Serbian emigrant Igor returns from Huddersfield, England, to visit his homeland. There he spends a night with old friends, above all Raša, who in his professional and mental hopelessness escalates into cynical subtleties. His neighbour Ivan, who became a psychological cripple as a result of his work, also ekes out his life in loneliness and flees into obscure religious salvation scenarios. Energetic, extroverted chamber play about the claustrophobic souls of four representatives of a generation born in the 1970s.
Hamlet at the garbage dump, where Shakespeare's castles become barracks on the outskirts of Belgrade. The hostile royal houses of the famous template here represent Orthodox and Muslim Roma clans. Unrelenting struggles for supremacy in the distribution of garbage has made people evil, intolerant and deceptive. In front of the camera almost without exception lay actors who act in their world and language. The story of the young Roma Hamlet is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's famous work, the dramaturgy of which is topical and contemporary even after 400 years. But Shakespeare's castles in this case are improvised barracks on a huge rubbish dump near Belgrade. Here an Orthodox and a Muslim Roma clan are fighting for supremacy in the distribution of garbage. It is a harsh winter on this periphery of modern Serbia and the people here are just like the circumstances surrounding them: evil, intolerant and fraudulent. After the death of his brother, Jova marries his wife Jelena and takes control of the garbage distribution. But the spirit of the deceased errs over the landfill and seeks revenge. Hamlet, the son of the dead, learns that his uncle Jova is to blame for the misfortune. Thus the landfill head moves into the hateful visor of Hamlet. A tragedy that no one will survive in the end. The film's slow rhythm and atmospheric neorealistic images create a realistic picture of the hard life of the Roma who live in shantytowns away from Serbian society. This authenticity is underscored by the fact that almost all characters are played by amateur actors, most of whom live in an environment similar to the one described in the film. Many of those involved in this production also come from this environment. Thus it was possible to develop a film from within the Roma community, in which the protagonists do not appear as mere decoration, but act in their world and language.
The working day of a young woman in a cotton spinning mill. Big machines, noise, the ghastly soup in the lunch break, smoking in the hall. The head of the department takes her in the car after work. He absolutely wants to visit her apartment, she is amused about it. Sex in front of the TV. She said, "It'd be better if nobody knew about it at work." He says, "We should do more apartment visits." A fleeting kiss to say goodbye. A film composed with precise images and realistic sound, which lives from the everyday interactions of its characters. MB