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2012 /
France hasn't had normal tomatoes in ten years. Périot reveals the truth behind large-scale cultivation, genetic manipulation, price pressure and false bio-declarations and comes to the conclusion that nobody cares. And he points out the parallels to other phenomena, such as the elections in France, in which the population is no longer questioned, but dazzled by beautiful appearances. Annegret Judge

1/2

2012 /
"½" is a short animation about the question: How do you get up when you've lost everything worth living for?

24 Galeti, 7 So...

2012 /
Numbers play an important role in the lives of the Hungarian-Romanian charcoal burners Piroska and Imre - as do radio, the Caribbean and a flourishing misery tourism. The young directors Iacob Marius and Vlad Voinescu create the connection between these ingredients with great ease and a sure dramaturgical feeling. Imre and Piroska spend the summer piling up wood into a pyramid in a forest in Transylvania. As barbecue coal it will reach the whole of Europe. It gets further than the couple who live in a run-down wagon without electricity and spend the evenings listening to radio reports from distant countries and discussing the perfect lottery numbers. Regularly the world comes to them in the form of - quite earthy! - on a horse-drawn carriage, who for a fee photograph genuine Eastern European poverty, often posing with their shovels themselves. Piroska and Imre take it with humor and prefer to think about how to convert the amount of 230 coal sacks into the hit that will bring you to the beach of your dreams - one day. A clever reflection on the supposed documentary view. For the affluent citizen creeps comfortably, fills his memory card with pictures and makes off. Those who remain in the authentic dirt must continue to hope for a miracle - or for the right number. - Grit Lemke

A Sea Turtle St...

2012 /
A small sea turtle is born and already dangers lurk everywhere. The film tells of the adventures that turtles have to endure in their lives.

A Story for the...

2012 /
Are you in the wrong movie? Didn't you want to see a short documentary that revolves around the memorabilia of a deceased American couple? Why is the opening credits of a Hollywood movie: Mia Farrow in "Rosemary's Baby"? Fiction and documentary reality collide again and again in this documentary film. Mia Farrow is not the main heroine of our film, but the small-part actor Elmar Modlin and his wife Margaret, a passionate painter. The director reconstructs the life stories of these two people exclusively on the basis of found letters, photos and other documentary materials. After an extra role in "Rosemary's Baby" Elmer left the USA with his wife and son and moved to Madrid. There they lived in a small apartment for over 30 years isolated from the outside world. Margret staged herself as an artist, Elmer worked as a TV actor. What of them remained? An empty apartment and a garbage can full of discarded souvenirs. Evidence of her life, discovered by chance by the filmmaker during a walk through Madrid. The most exciting stories are on the street. - Antje Stamer

Achill

2012 /
Unfortunately, all the excitement lies in the blur. All happiness lies in fleeting perception and blind intoxication. I never had my eyes lasered for that.

Alppikatu 25

2012 /
Alppikatu Street 25 has been the address of a homeless shelter in Helsinki since 1937. A place for men without a place of their own. Men with no past? "Create your own memories" is the motto on a piece of paper on the wall. And yet the monotonous building, with its long, bare corridors and narrow cells that evoke associations of a prison, stores the memories and traces of life of many people who have created a minimal home here, even if only temporarily. Five of them have their say. For a moment at a time, the film dives into her inner world, only through her voice, supplemented by subtle noise collages. Visually, the men remain phantoms. Sometimes they are spellbound by the blur of space, sometimes they appear close to standstill. Only the cigarette smoke still seems to be moving. The room, however, can be fathomed by the camera without resistance, as if it were actually giving information about its inhabitants. The abstract is close to the concrete, time touches space. Lars Meyer

Amen!

2012 /
What would God do if He could see His Word being proclaimed by men? A black and humorous parable about a priest who completely overshoots the mark at the sermon for his last guest.

Animal Farm

2012 /
In this music video for the band Crepes Sucette, twelve animals chase each other through the twelve minor keys of the circle of fifths. The special thing about this funny hunt: The whole set is made of wool.

April

2012 /
When two argue, then the third rejoices and gets a rainbow.

Archeo

2012 /
A woman falls from the sky and falls asleep. A man falls from the sky and looks around in amazement. A boy looks at a bug and kills it. The story of a family? I might. A visual opulent work without dialogue, social or historical context. Just let it drift! A woman, a man, a boy in nature. In his third feature film, the director tells the story of three people in a timeless or post-apocalyptic dream landscape, between white rocks, blue sea and green forests and meadows, without any words at all, just through pictures, movements, sounds and noises. The only reference to the present and a possible more recent past of war and destruction is a sequence in which the top of a bunker in the forest can be seen. The three protagonists move in a nature as opulent as it is hostile: wordless, only with sounds and gestures, in an archaic-looking pantomime. They are fragile individuals between the elements, the wind, the water, the earth and the fire; fragile in a dominant, self-sufficient beautiful nature. They are vulnerable individuals, thrown into a world where they have not yet found their role: helpless in storms and waves and forests; suspicious and hateful of other survivors. Only slowly, after mutual struggles and always new attempts to destroy the other, do they find each other in a moment of peace and perspective. With his meditative images and sounds of nature, the director does not draw a primeval human idyll. The woman, the man and the boy are foreign bodies in their environment and only gradually find their way back into harmony with nature in the noise of the trees and the waves. WHM

Baby blues

2012 /
At 17, Natalia and Cuba are already parents; they see their child more as an accessory and toy. The little one must not disturb anybody, especially not the life plans of the parents. A controversial, crazy film that paints a disturbing picture of the ego society. Winner of the Glass Bear of the Berlinale! A hipster manifesto about the ego generation: Natalia and Cuba are both 17 - and the parents of Antoś, which they see more as toys or accessories. Having kids is hip after all - Angelina Jolie and Britney Spears also have some. But the little one must not disturb anybody - neither the grandparents nor the parents - while graduating from high school, skateboarding or jobbing in a cool clothes shop. Controversial, crazy film that with a lot of power draws a disturbing picture of a society with new values. He was awarded the Children's and Youth Film Prize of the Berlinale, the Crystal Bear.

Ballast

2012 /
Sorrow is not part of my mind - it is part of my head.

Big Hands Oh Bi...

2012 /
What at first seems like a music video turns out to be a political film on closer inspection. In a society focused on productivity and performance, the thinking person quickly becomes an outsider. In beautiful retro aesthetics, the attempt to change a system with words is described here.

Boroda

2012 /
A lonely old man whose days go by monotonously. An old man lives alone in the country. When his emigrated daughter visits him, they hardly have time for each other. But one tradition must at least be preserved.

ByĆ jak Kazimie...

2012 /
Kazio is to become a football player - like the idol Kazimierz Deyna. After the end of communism, however, everything changed and the father had an ingenious business idea: white socks with an aphrodisiac effect. But what about football? Original story about growing up in the Wende period. Kazios father wants his son to become a football player - just like Kazimierz Deyna, the idol from the 1970s. When everything changes after the end of communism, the father has an ingenious business idea: White socks! But not ordinary ones, but aphrodisiac ones that let men fly the hearts of all women! At the bazaar the goods are in great demand and Kazios father becomes very rich. But soccer doesn't turn into anything. Instead, Kazio seeks real love. A funny and original story about growing up during the fall of the Wall and your own identity, which you have to defend against the expectations of your parents. JN/AS

Bydlo

2012 /
Like a dream in the morning mist, a huge ox emerges from the ground softened by the rain, pulling the remains of an old cart behind it. A prisoner of his yoke, the huge beast pulls his heavy load, a greedy and angry people. An allegory of mankind's path to disaster, a tragic vision inspired by the fourth set of Mussorgsky's paintings at an exhibition.

Centrefold

2012 /
"Centrefold" is a moving and thought-provoking animated documentary about the reasons why women have their labia operated. In the UK, more and more women are undergoing labioplasty to tighten their genitals. The film visualizes the reports of three women with the help of stylized animated images.

chaika

2012 /
Summer in Kazakhstan. Tursyn returns home to his father. He is at the end and tells him the love story between a prostitute and a sailor; it begins on a ship and ends in the icy winter of Siberia. A powerful story about coming home in different ways. The Basque film shows three people on a quest: it leads into the extreme landscapes of the former Soviet Union, into the icy vastness of Siberia and the desert of Kazakhstan. In Vladivostok, a sailor takes care of a pregnant prostitute and brings her to his family. The domineering mother and the single brother hate the young woman from the south and so a cruel drama develops in the barren winter landscape. Years later, a young man searches the dusty desert of Kazakhstan for the memories of his mother and finds what is left of the family.

Chambre 69

2012 /
A road in a barren desert. A car drives into the parking lot of a motel. A man with a cardboard box gets out and runs into room no. 69 ... to amaze the audience with how short a story can be told.