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A personal summer travelogue through impersonal memories, collective personal ideals and personal collective collectives. An old it was once-land, reborn and nullified in a blink of an eye. A youthful, romantic ride through desolate places, forgotten streets and reconstructed dreams. A poem. Kumjana Novakova
There is a crisis between Martina and Peter, an American couple around 40. A holiday together on the Croatian coast should bring the relationship back into balance. But during a hunting trip to the hinterland, the quarrel escalates. The tension is transferred to the entire excursion company - the drama takes its course. There is a crisis between Martina and Peter, an American couple around 40. The common vacation at the Croatian coast should bring the relationship back into balance. But during a hunting trip to the hinterland, the quarrel escalates after Peter learns of unexpected business difficulties. The nervousness of the marital conflict spreads to the entire excursion society. In the summer heat of the Dalmatian Karst, a collective psychological drama develops whose various protagonists are overwhelmed by the absence of any civilization. BB
Liza from Russia has come all the way to Lisbon in search of a happier life. But here she lives as a housewife and cares for the mother of her petty criminal husband, who also cheats on her. When the Ukrainian refugee Andrej shows up and wants to flee with her, she again faces the decision - go or stay? Vitor, who struggles with semi-legal business through everyday life, and the Russian Liza live with their son Mauro in an improvised settlement on the Portuguese Atlantic coast. When Vitor sets up a business with forged Portuguese passports, the house becomes a point of contact for illegal migrants hoping to find a place in the EU. Because Liza's marriage between disinterest and Vitor's machismo vanities is nowhere to be found, she begins a flirt with one of the illegals, the Ukrainian Andrei. In a mix of Fado and American Independents study told of the edge of society. BB
In order to escape the severity of the Armenian parental home, Belinda begins studying in Germany. When her father dies, she is the first to intensively examine her origins. Three cultures collide and also endanger the relationship with their German boyfriend. A film about home and the courage to change. Belinda comes from an Armenian family that has been living in Germany for decades. In order to avoid being taken over by the narrow-minded family clan and to move away from home, she began studying in Cologne. There Belinda leads a completely normal "German" life. Nobody knows of her relatives that she lives together with her boyfriend Manuel and plans to start her own family. But suddenly her father dies, and since her mother hardly speaks German, Belinda has to take care of her survivor's pension. The young woman again finds herself in the middle of the bizarre Armenian microcosm of Cologne, in which values such as community and tradition apply, but also strict patriarchal rules prevail. While she finds a new friend in her cousin, Manuel no longer understands the world... The director's feature film debut shows Belinda in search of a home between cultures. After finding it difficult at first to accept her seemingly old-fashioned family, she finally embarks on her own journey to Armenia, searching for her identity. But also Belinda's mother, uncle and aunt, Armenians from Turkey who live in Germany, start to waver with their identity. A tragicomic story about the eternal search for home and anchorage.
Would-be individualists who feel incredibly different; a grandpa and his granddaughter who meet the mysterious 'Bebok'; robots who can't get used to the new factory environment; a red house where people can feed pigeons and the best of the current club scene - excellent Polish independent cinema! A grandpa and his granddaughter spend the summer under the supervision of fleeting Bebok. A film about death - consciously experienced and unconsciously observed.
Bor, a mining town in Serbia. Disused mines lie like open wounds in the landscape. The once celebrated Boxer King, now owner of a small bar, is once again overwhelmed by love. Expressive epic of antique force, with never heard choral songs of the miners as vocal commentary. The director drives the characters through the plot with antique force. Bor, a mining town. Disused mines lie like open wounds in the cityscape, the characters are life tenacious. There is the former boxer King, now bar owner, restless of sad rage, when once again love overpowers him and kills him. Late he learns that "Röschen", who loves him just as desperately as he does, is the daughter of Ruzika, his former lover, his daughter. The film story begins shortly before Ruzika's release from prison and ends with her victim for the daughter. Also drives the camera. She comes to rest only when the figures turn their innermost to the outside, express their grief, their hope in heart-rending lamentations, eye to eye with the camera and the audience. Full of pathos and outrageously direct. The director and the screenwriter dare to combine the seemingly impossible, the Greek tragedy form and the emotionality of a great opera in one film. A powerful, big throw! UG
At the beginning of the Second World War, the Polish officer's wife Nina and her newborn child are taken to a camp in the middle of the Kazakh steppe. Once there, the struggle for survival begins. The feature film is based on the director's memoir of her grandmother, who herself was deported to Siberia in 1940. While Germany attacks the country from the west, the Soviet Union annexes large parts of eastern Poland at the beginning of the Second World War, thousands of civilians are deported. Among them was the officer's wife Nina, who was taken with her newborn child to a camp in the Kazakh steppe and forced into a fateful struggle for survival against cold winters, hot summers and the corrupted camp hierarchy. The director, who grew up in Belgium, made a feature film rich in psychological nuances and powerful images based on the memoirs of her grandmother, who was deported to Siberia in 1940. BB
Moscow in the 1960s: Petya falls in love with an experienced woman who herself doesn't really know where to put her feelings... A genre mix of drama and comedy with built-in animation passages about an astronaut dog in the style of the Soviet cartoons of that time. The film was shot twenty years ago, but remained unfinished. Recently it was edited and completed with animations. In the leading role we see Fyodor Bondarchuk, son of the famous director Sergei Bondarchuk and today a popular contemporary actor and director. A romantic black-and-white tribute to the cinematography of the 1960s, influenced by Jean-Luc Godard and Marlen Khutsiev. What at the beginning of the 1990s looked like a shy imitation of the old author's cinema today has a double nostalgic aura and features of a unique artefact. AP
On a fateful summer day, a fire breaks out in a house. The young inhabitants, led by a courageous little girl and her faithful dog, manage to save all the neighbours and call the fire brigade, which prevents the fire from spreading all over the street. The film is based on a story invented by pupils of a Warsaw primary school and combines play scenes in which the children themselves perform with dreamlike animation sequences. Reality is combined with magic - just like in the magical world of children's thoughts. LCZ
18-year-old Kika has the gift of talking to her dead mother. The loving spirit wants to make sure that the daughter doesn't miss her chance for great love. But how can you see the world in pink when the family's house is in the cemetery and a grumpy father drowns his grief in alcohol? A romantic comedy with morbid charm. After the tragic accidental death of her mother, 18-year-old Kitka lives with her grumbling father and takes on the role of housewife. Her living room stands on a cemetery where her father works as a stonemason and drinks away the family trauma after work. But Kitka's new needs soon awaken, and selfless performance of duty stands against growing up, family against individualism. On the way to self-realization she even gets help from the hereafter. Playful family drama with unconventional magic twists and a touch of black humour. BB
Two fathers looking for their children: A Romanian drives to Kosovo to free his daughter from forced prostitution. A Serbian goes to Romania, where his son died in a car accident. Their paths cross at the Danube. Two fathers looking for their children: A Romanian travels to Kosovo to free his daughter from forced prostitution, a Serb goes to Romania, where his son died in a car accident. Both men meet on the Danube. 200 years ago a wooden church was pulled over the ice because a new building was forbidden. Will the present human odysseys through the Balkans one day also become a legend? Strongly illustrated parable about the tightrope walk between fatalism and the will to survive, "failed states" and Babylonian puzzle, multiethnic mistrust and obsession with history. BB
In the summer of 2006, the writer Ingo Niermann and the entrepreneur Jens Thiel came up with the idea of erecting mankind's largest building - an 800-meter-high pyramid in which over a billion people of all nations and religions are to be buried. The gigantic building is to be erected on a field in East Germany and not only rehabilitate the fallow economy there in one fell swoop, but also save the whole of Germany from ruin. The two find the support of the writer Christian Kracht and the civil engineer Heiko Holzberger, and together the friends carry the idea into the world. International media report about the project, the architect Rem Koolhaas participates in the project, and over a thousand people from all over the world want to be buried in the potential wonder of the world. And so not only is the idea growing faster than its inventors ever thought possible, but also a maze of dream and reality, of success and setbacks. Saarbrücken Presentation
1976 in New York: Hannah accidentally sees a man on television who tells of his first encounter with his great love. Hannah, too, believes she remembers this encounter - more than 30 years ago in a Polish concentration camp from which she was able to escape with his help. She sets off in search of what she believes to be dead. New York 1976: In a laundry Hannah Silberstein waits for the issue of her tablecloths. In order for time to pass faster, she looks at the flickering picture of the old TV in the corner - and can hardly believe her eyes. There she sees her lover Tomasz, who has been believed dead for 32 years, who reports in an interview about his first encounter with his great love. They met in 1944 in a concentration camp where Hannah as a German Jew and the Pole Tomasz as a political prisoner were taken. The two fall in love and in the desperate struggle for survival Tomasz devises an escape plan. Disguised as an SS officer, he helps his lover to escape and after days of walking, they arrive at his mother's house, where they first go into hiding. But when Tomasz joins the Polish resistance shortly afterwards and does not return after 1945, Hannah believes he has fallen. She returns to Germany and finally emigrates to the USA. In the frenzy of resurrected feelings, Hannah can only think of one thing: she has to travel to Poland to search for Tomasz. But how can she teach that to her beloved husband and daughter? "I've lost something," she finally says to her child. A film about a lost love that survived not only the war but also several decades. The touching melodrama is inspired by true events.
Ali is a shepherd. When his herd dies, he leaves the barren steppe to search with his son in faraway Moscow for the woman she left years ago - for the two strangers from the province the beginning of an endless odyssey through the anonymous gorges of the metropolis. A touching plea for the stranger in each of us. Ali is a shepherd in a deserted steppe in Central Asia. He sets off for Moscow to look for his wife, who had gone there many years ago to live her own life. The son goes with Ali to the metropolis, which shows itself to the two as an inhospitable hard plaster. They share the lot of the many guest workers from Central Asia, live in makeshift mass accommodation and earn their living as day labourers. From the sparse income, they live from the hand to the mouth and make themselves in the few free time on the search for the mother. They try to find clues about their possible stay in the emigrant milieu as well as through official bodies and follow all traces left by the mother in the labyrinth of the big city. Ali has to go a long, exhausting and almost hopeless way through a Moscow apart from any glamour, and in the end he pays a high price for the dream to find his love again. An impressive debut film that masterfully stages the story of its protagonist in an often documentary film journey, not least due to its captivatingly close cinematography. KS
The Belarusian Marta and her ten-year-old daughter flee to Sweden for the benefit of the human trafficking mafia. In the middle of nowhere she waits for her residence permit and falls in love with the Algerian refugee Ali. But when the much older one offers to marry her, she has to decide. [...] A Belarusian girl is on the run with her mother from traffickers and is seeking asylum in Sweden, a kind of Mecca for many migrants. But the country does not want to accept outsiders from second-rate regions of the continent as its own citizens and, worse still, it is letting the two women feel it very clearly. Put in an asylum-seekers' home, they feel the reality of the complex legal situation. Obviously, the whole process can also be accelerated if a local man willing to marry is found to marry. [...] (Arthur Zaborski, catalogue Wrocław 2011)
Joy, astonishment, fear, rage or sadness - in her trailer for the 20th Cottbus Film Festival, the renowned Polish filmmaker deals with the emotions that a festival visitor can experience during a film. In her kneading animations, she uses the technique of morphing to turn a kissing couple into an elderly man licking ice, among other things. By the way, the trailer ends on the screen of Germany's oldest purpose-built cinema, the Cottbus Filmtheater Weltspiegel.