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2014 /
Landscape painting with creative pixel disturbances. José Miguel Biscaya explores a nature scene with his camera and rediscovers it with manipulated MPEG algorithms and wanton encoding errors. Familiar natural phenomena liquefy into surprising forms and colours from the hidden of perception. Ines Seifert

#horyzonty kato...

2014 /
There are films that have a pulling effect on us, that lead us into a strange world with the power of images and tell stories that we cannot escape - and that put us in a state of suspension that is known as the "pure cinema experience". Kuba Czekaj, today a star of the young Polish directing scene, shows moments from the life of a young woman with great finesse and pictorial refinement. We are in a swimming pool in which the atmosphere, not the history, directs our perception. Only the repeatedly displayed time data lend the place a tangible framework. In this way, the director builds up the tension that puts the viewer in a kind of lurking position, at the same time hoping to solve the riddle of the images. Gradually the picture narrows in the course of the narrative until the story dissolves before our eyes in the black nothingness as a foretaste of death. The short portrait of loneliness is an exciting game with cinematic means and a grandiose proof that aesthetic emptiness can be a force field full of emotions and beauty. KM

3e page après l...

2014 /
Animation, painting and music as cultural criticism - an experiment with powerful images, disturbing materials and sound that both destroys and creates.

8 balles

2014 /
A thoughtless French businessman living in Taipei with a hole in his head is driven mad by his obsession: the smell of fried fish. In reality, he is chasing the scent of revenge, which will be practiced grimly with 8 bullets. Through different perspectives and flashbacks, which are intertwined like the tentacles of an octopus, a torn narrative is constructed around a core of reduced lines, backgrounds and colours. Victor Orozco

A Boy Called Su

2014 /
Su is in kindergarten and doesn’t speak English. He spends lunchtimes playing alone with his favourite ball. Linda gives him lollies with special powers and invites him to play, but Su is too shy to join in. He clings to his ball and watches the other children instead. That is until James throws his ball into a tree. Su tries to get it down with a stick but gets in trouble with the teacher. He gets the ball down with his shoe, only to have it kicked into the soccer pitch. A one-shoed Su is forced to be piggy in the middle until the ball is kicked out again. Su runs after it only to discover James has gotten hold of it. He hides and watches. Su eats the lollies Linda gave him and bravely marches out to confront James. He demands his ball back in his own language – Mandarin Chinese. The boys fight for the ball. James loses his balance and falls into a puddle. Su hesitates, and then helps him up. A brave new Su invites Linda to play catch with his ball. James comes back with Su’s shoe. They play tips together on the playground and the ball rolls away forgotten.

A Kivégzés

2014 /
In 1990, in Kolozsvár/Clausenburg/Cluj, the multinational Romanian city, Hungarian children played the shooting of the couple Ceaușescu . You know the details. Bullets, blood and death. Lifeless bodies of the highest authorities. Also in the family the ground wobbles, the parents argue. Divorce maybe and orphanage? Like seismographs, the children perceive the threatening upheavals in their surroundings, react irrationally, aggressively, frightened. In poetry and these film images, the director recalls her childhood in a sunken near time.

Afrogames

2014 /
The pilot film of an animation series produced in Burkina Faso. He shows African society through the eyes of five unusual children of different origins and their passion for African games.

Album

2014 /
A place is like the people who animate it. His past is the interpretation and recreation of those who have survived it. In her contribution to the compilation film THE BRIDGES OF SARAJEVO, in which 13 renowned filmmakers shed light on the history and status quo of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian capital, Aida Begić tells of today's Sarajevo through the memories of its inhabitants.

ANDERSON

2014 /
Sascha Anderson, himself a writer, was a kind of manager of the creative GDR underground in the 1980s. Already in 1975 he was recruited by the State Security as an unofficial employee (IM) and continued to work for them after his resettlement to West Berlin. How do you live as a tightrope walker between the antipodes, iridescent between friend and friend enemy? Anderson is probably the most prominent and "dazzling" IM of the GDR. Companions say that he had always lied, that this belonged to his personality so to speak. He is very intelligent and, like the artist on the tightrope, he juggles with formulations from which he always winds himself out - you can't grasp him. Typical for him is the sentence that he can't "absolve himself" after all. Sure, the guilt stays with him for life. However, he does not thematize atonement either. In many conversations with Anderson and her companions, Annekatrin Hendel traces this torn personality, letting herself be told how the jumping between friend and foe took place. Ask questions, listen and don't judge. The descriptions of his permanent double life sound like an exciting agent thriller. But Anderson says nothing about the motives for this gruelling life. The "why?" remains unanswered. Hendel provides rare insights. She doesn't judge, she shows what it's like. KF

Andrew mit Pauk...

2014 /
Andrew lives with his grandmother in one of the poorer neighborhoods of New Orleans, USA. His love is his brass band, his dream is to become a musician. As the city prepares for the carnival procession, Andrew must give it all: Because as a proud drum major, he wants to lead the parade. Will the children accept him?

At Midnight

2014 /
Maria escaped from Communist Hungary seeking creative freedom, but her husband could not tear himself away from his successful film-making career to go with her. As she attempted to build a new life in Australia, he made a feature film about her escape. His film was revolutionary for its time and wildly successful. 57 years later, this film tells her version of the story.

Axınla Aşağı

2014 /
Ali is a rowing trainer; he is used to giving commands. He behaves like a tyrant towards his family, is hard-hearted towards his son and cheats on his wife. When the family has to cope with a heavy blow of fate, he slowly begins to rethink his behaviour. In his psychological family drama, Asif Rustamov tells the sensitive and haunting story of a severe stroke of fate that befalls the rowing trainer Ali's family. Ali is a tyrant: he cheats on his wife and forces his son Ruslan to become a rower and train hard. But however hard Ruslan tries, he can't meet his father's demands. Only with his tragic death did Ali's principles break down; the tragedy forces him to rethink his attitude to life, to people in general and above all to his wife.

Balhyoshikin su...

2014 /
Of course, the daughter cannot forgive her father for leaving her and her mother for another woman. The memory hurts. A reunion tears open old wounds. The inner misery of the girl is depicted acoustically and through abstract, overlapping drawings. Annegret Judge

Balloon Birds

2014 /
The (very) short story of two balloon birds, who are just getting to know each other, when a third one joins them ...

Black Tape

2014 /
Lead or be lead? Dominate or be dominated? A soldier and an activist dance a slow tango together. Other pairs join them gradually. "Black Tape" is a reaction to the increasing and persistent violence between Israel and Palestine. Documentary recordings serve as the basis for this sinister choreography. Duscha Kistler

Bomb

2014 /
"I want some breakfast and get on with my day." In some cases you just want to explode, but nowhere does it work as easily as here. Franziska Bruckner

Buntirunti

2014 /
In a bare forest there is a tree on which erasers grow. The colorful and mature erasers fall down and the forest grows. A small white man has to make a special effort.

BYTVA ZA "ZHOVT...

2014 /
Kakaphone Variations from the Rumour Lab: How does a scramble become a political issue and from it several conspiracy theories? The spontaneous demonstration in front of Kiev's homophobic extremists burned down Zhovten cinema changes its goals every minute: For freedom of the press? For equality of homosexuals? A Vakarchuk concert? Sometimes neo-Nazis, sometimes separatists, sometimes American imperialism and sometimes the Kremlin are "to blame". But about what? MY STREET FILMS UKRAINEMY STREET FILMS UKRAINEMY STREET FILMS UKRAINE Under the title "My Street Films Ukraine", the "Festival of Film and Urbanism" in Slavutych, Ukraine - the city built after the nuclear super-GAU in Chernobyl for the homeless workers of the nuclear power plant - has launched a competition in which the population was invited to make films about their city, their neighborhood, their street under the guidance of professionals. The festival presented 13 of these works, which show aspects of everyday life in six Ukrainian cities - Berezhany, Kiev, Cherson, Kramatorsk, Novoyavorivsk and Simferopol: Anecdotes, reflections and descriptions of urban life in contemporary Ukraine, from selfie shooting to conceptual art, but always with an original, unadulterated view of the immediate present. Further information on the "Festival of Film and Urbanism": www.86.org.ua

Cai Putere

2014 /
"He won't come, his wife won't let him." "It's not his wife, he's just not a man." Five men among them. With the prospect of a rustic beer round they drag the motorcycle to the fifth floor every year before and after winter for a friend. So it won't rust, says the owner. The others swallow and get to work. On the way up the participants and the motorcycle corner again and again, small and larger injuries accumulate up to the Eklat. An unspectacular but humorous and precisely told everyday piece about male friendship in our time.

CH/B

2014 /
Nurik comes fresh out of prison and wants to take revenge on Mafia boss Alkhan, who cheated on the Caucasian in a drug deal. Yaroslav, on the other hand, belongs to a right-wing, nationalistic Russian youth group and has a score to settle with Alkhan. Action-packed road movie with wit and dramaturgical precision. Their plans have both met by chance in the Mafia club. In battle Nurik is stabbed with his own knife, and Yaroslav loses consciousness. When he regains consciousness, he finds himself tied up on a boat. Nurik presents himself as his guardian angel for the next five days, because Yaroslav urgently needs to go to Moscow, where he is to testify in a trial to save a buddy from prison. Followed by Alkhan. begins a journey together on which prejudices towards each other become loud. However, the community of fate allows the two to approach each other. In his debut film, Evgeni Sheliakin comedically deals with a sore point in Russian society: how to deal with Caucasian migration, whose labour Russia needs. With sure instinct and dramaturgical precision he takes on the subject and conveys uncomfortable truths. MM