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Belle, a happy-go-lucky narcissist is consumed by the idea of fame and devoted to internet culture. Eating, sleeping and breathing all come as distant seconds to her desire to gain a significant online presence. Despite her initial chipper demeanor, Belle is relentless at achieving her goals and becomes hostile when she thinks someone is trying to halt her progress. Martin, who’s having a terrible day, will come to find this out all to well when the two interact.
If one asks oneself the question about the meaning of life and sees the world as God's work, the matter suddenly becomes very serious - or simply absurd. Especially if you want to meet the challenge with rational analysis at the same time. After such a serious beginning one expects a profound treatise on the subject of faith. Instead, we experience a married couple in the car. He is a materialist and wheelchair-bound, she is a romantic and a wife practiced in patience. The question of faith is quickly overshadowed by the usual image of a marriage while driving - only that she drives the vehicle and he only operates the board computer, often even wrong. This road movie lives from the quarrel of the love of the two protagonists and renounces any showmanship. At the end of the journey the two of them look at a deserted mountain landscape, which is as raptured as the question of the meaning of life and the dear God. KM
Once upon a time there was a life full of surprises, treasures, banalities, pain and joys ... But taking stock of a CV can also develop into waste disposal and disposal work - official, factual and soulless. An ambulance makes its way through a congested street. It lasts and lasts ... We fear for the life of the human being who needs help. The other vehicles are evading. Then death wins the race against time and leaves its traces: a nameless corpse and all the belongings that were collected in life and must now be removed. The document, filmed with protocol sharpness and pathos-free, tells the story of a life after death. KM
Blues music, a highway somewhere in America. The feeling of freedom rises and promises the heart the adventure of an exciting road movie. Soon the mood changes. We literally land in Poland, we land in a grey village somewhere in nowhere. After years abroad Marcin returns to Poland and has big plans. He wants to realize this together with his great love of that time. But the time in the village went on even without Marcin and has left its traces. Gradually it becomes clear to him that he has become a stranger in his old homeland and the connection to the old life becomes a feat of strength. TRAUTES HEIM CZYŻEWO is a subtle ballad about life and loving - and about the facts that are there and not to be imagined without. KM TRAUTES HEIM CZYŻEWO is presented at the Solanin Film Festival in Nowa Sól.
Episode from a series of animated films about the fall of the wall and the peaceful revolution. This episode is about Erich Mielke (1907-2000), who is completely lost in new times and who proclaims his love for people. Around him were the ruins of the GDR and its former Ministry for State Security. Ralph Eue
100 years later: How do young filmmakers from Russia today reflect the October Revolution and its symbols? What sense do history and utopias make when only myths and new wars remain of the "New Man"? An episodic essay. Arseny Zanin, Mikhail Arkhipov and Denis Shabaev have gone to the archives of the revolutionary film and to the conflict zone in the Donbass: Was the so-called October Revolution the prelude to a major social experiment or historical tragedy? The enthusiastic mood of the revolution inspired directors like Sergei Eisenstein and Oleksandr Dovzhenko, and fifty years later filmmakers like Jean-Luc Godard were among the "followers" of the events. Despite the totalitarian systems built on the spirit of the October Revolution, the symbols of the revolution have survived and help to transform the events of 1917 into myths to this day. The three parts of the film range from the militant pathos of constructivist films from the early days of Bolshevism to the reconstruction of the Lenin cult in contemporary Novorossiya. The masses are fed from seizure of power and maintenance of power - or is that also only a propagandaaschimäre? BB
Utopia and reality. Is there a Ukrainian identity, a Ukrainian dream? Or is it normal for the inhabitants of this state to be scattered all over the world? What must happen to a country that all people run away from? These are the central questions that this unusual Mockumentary deals with. The reality: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has set the goal of applying for his country's accession to the EU in 2020. The Dystopia: A fictional Canadian director comes to the Ukraine this very year, to the country where his grandparents were born. But after visa and freedom of establishment for Ukrainians have already been negotiated in the EU, it is orphaned - almost 40 million people have left. Only a handful of souls are left behind, each for a different reason. While a girl is the only candidate in her country to prepare for a beauty contest, an engineer wants to populate the country with robots. A Chinese researcher, on the other hand, explores the chances of colonisation by resettlers from the Middle Kingdom. With his Low-Budget-Mockumentary, the Ukrainian filmmaker Korney Gricyuk exaggerates the phenomenon of massive emigration from his homeland into the satirical. The gap between the dream of a better future and stagnation in the face of war and economic problems becomes abundantly clear in the exodus presented here. But emigration is a real problem. NaF
Stas Dombrovskiy really exists. Odessa's most famous ex-drug addict, half his life in prison, today a controversial star of the unofficial cultural scene - a strange icon of the so-called transformation phase from late socialism and perestroika to the new Ukraine. In the film he plays himself: the embodied purification. It begins and ends with the group therapy session. Reminiscences of the years of the embarrassing evasion of the own mother in the bathroom. The HIV son is given his own towel. Nobody wants anything to do with a guy like that. He promises his girlfriend and great love improvement, but the drugs don't just have him in their hands. The whole city, the whole decaying empire escapes the real inferno between brick scrap and rust track: vanishing point crime intoxication violence. "This is not an arthouse, not an experiment, this is a full-fledged film - a social blockbuster," says Alisa Pavlovskaya, who with her film adaptation of Dombrowski's autobiographical novellas is declaring war on the cinema habits of the older generation. It is the story of a far-reaching catharsis that is described here. Detailed, very close and authentic ('at the bottom', in prison, in delirium) 'played' - by victims of all kinds, delinquents as well as judicial officials. BW
What to do when the only right thing is forbidden? As he works illegally on the construction site, a Ukrainian worker who was injured in an accident is denied medical help. When the site manager resists the boss's order, he is faced with an insoluble dilemma and turns from helper to perpetrator. Site manager Krzysztof is the first working day on a new construction site. He calls 911 after an accident. But on the orders of the boss, the injured person is hidden instead of being treated: The Ukrainian is illegal in the country and works black. As are his colleagues, who accept the cover-up as part of the agreement. Krzysztof still wants to help. In an effort to do the right thing, he involuntarily chooses the worst way out. With his desperate cinematic hero, director Piotr Domalewski criticises real circumstances: in 2016 more than half a million Ukrainian moonlighters were working in Poland. ST
“A Horse With Wheels” explores what might be the oldest piece of art we know. The object The Swimming Reindeer was made during the last Ice Age, around 13,000 years ago, and was carved from a mammoth’s tusk. Researchers call it a “useless tool” – a tool just for the mind. Wilhelm sets out on the trail of this extraordinary sculpture, from where it was discovered in a cave in France to North-Norway, where large herds of reindeer still roam today. In an essayistic manner he tries to get closer to our ancestors who carved this work of art. The Swimming Reindeer was made in a period of global warming at the end of the Ice Age, prompting the question: was this existential human crisis a catalyst for the emergence of art?
Although a toddler photograph is a first visual testimony to one's own existence, the moment of taking the picture and what happens outside the edge of the picture persistently elude memory's grasp. There is a charming gulf between the actual past and the imagination, which Dennis Tupicoff aptly traces - on the basis of a magical experience when watching a film: falling asleep, waking up again and trying to connect free-swinging actors. André Eckardt
Following the tragic demise of its military career, a disabled robot war veteran finds its home among humansin the tender care of an old lady, and hire in her hair salon for cats. The question remains if it can leave its days as a ruthless killerrobot behind, or whether it’s going to act on the sinister murderous instincts that are a key part of its programming.
13 year old Aamir has fled his home and been separated from his family only to be stranded alone in the largest unofficial refugee camp in Europe. When he is befriended by Katlyn, a well meaning but thinly stretched British volunteer, she becomes Aamir's last hope for salvation. Inspired by true events, this BAFTA nominated short was shot on location in the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp by Robbie Ryan (American Honey, Fish Tank) with the help and collaboration of local refugee communities.
Letters on a departure board are transformed into grey figures with rolling suitcases rushing through the high-security airports of this world. A red wall abruptly ends the journey of a restless man. The spread arms of which melt like the wings of Icarus. The real is broken through and metaphorically disastrous contradictions of our globalized world reveal themselves. For six years, Michaela Müller has elaborately artistically condensed her initial clay sketch stills. Nadja Rademacher
At the age of eleven, Erdenchimeg already has a tight programme to cope with. In addition to the household work she does to support her mother, she attends a Mongolian art school. She wants to be a snake person. But unlike with her classmates, the career she aspires to must secure the future of the whole family. Despite the great pressure Erdenchimeg does not give up. Kim Busch
Despite controversy and threats, Muslim spiritual leader Ani Zonneveld takes a stand for justice through activism and a progressive practice of Islam. Enduring threats, excommunication from family, and opposition from many fellow Muslims, she insists that the Qur'an is a progressive text and believes in an egalitarian view of Islam.