Changes are in process; nature is transforming, and we are floating in the unknown, carried by the flow of immediate wants. Where is this uncertain river carrying us? Can we escape? In the sci-fi drama Q: ghostly remote effect scientist P is faced with two challenges – a robot assistant causing a mirror effect and herself trying to control rapidly changing nature.
. In an animated film Nobody Speak the heroine is diving into the depths of entangled personal and political consciousness. The climate clock is ticking in the documentary The Last Fishing Journey where ecological changes in the water transform an established way of life, while PolarBarry – Let’s Break The Ice!! – Vlog #207 is always up to date. Polar bear influencer is discussing climate change with his followers while the floating ice below them is rapidly melting.
Q: ghostly remote effect
Marcus Hanisch, fiction, 20 min, Germany, 2019
In the future. A hi-tech-lab. Scientist P is testing quantum-gynoid Q and sets off on a mission to an undiscovered nature. On the journey, she discovers a ghostly remote effect between herself and the robot. Will she maintain control, when nature starts changing?
Production: German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB)
Rotem Shapira, animation, 6 min, Israel, 2019
During the memorial day, a young girl is experiencing a journey through the visions of the deteriorating political and social reality of Israel.
Production: Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
The Last Fishing Journey
Tanguy Guinchard, documentary, 12 min, Switzerland, 2019
Will lake fishing stand alongside the old forgotten jobs?
On the shores of a Swiss lake, an old fisherman sees his job is coming to a critical turn because of the actual planet conditions. The long tradition that feeds his family is maybe coming to an end.
Production: SAE Institute Switzerland
PolarBarry – Let’s Break The Ice!!- Vlog #207
Wouter Dijkstra, animation, 5 min, Netherlands, 2019
An animated vlog with a polar bear serving as an influencer. He discusses climate change with his respondents.
Production: University of the Arts Utrecht
We are tied to our family, neighbors, friends, spaces, and countries, but sometimes all those ties and identities become entangled knots and the borders unsurmountable walls. In the film Are You Listening Mother? a Kurdish woman sentenced to home imprisonment experiences her own living space as a border. A touching animation To The Dusty Sea creates an emotional
knot in which the children are tied to an absent, depressed mother. And sometimes we are tied and suffocated by our own country, as is the case in the documentary film Devenir Grand Demain, where the young generations of Guinea are caught between changes and possibilities, fleeing and staying. Should we cut through those Gordian knots?
Are You Listening Mother?
Tuna Kaptan, fiction, 20 min, Turkey/Germany, 2019
In a Turkish village, a Kurdish woman is sentenced to six years of house arrest. Her older son unwillingly becomes her prison guard. Torn between two authorities, his mother and the police, he is forced to confront his own boundaries.
Production:University of Television and Film Munich
To the Dusty Sea
Héloïse Ferlay, animation, 13 min, France, 2019
Left alone in the deepest of the summer, Malo and Zoe are trying their best to catch their mother’s elusive eye.
Production:École des Arts Décoratifs (EnsAD), Paris
Devenir Grand Demain
Miguel Temme, documentary, 26 min, Germany, 2020
Guinea, West-Africa. This short documentary explores the hopes and dreams of the young generation. Strong individuals caught between chances and changes, fleeing and staying.
Production:Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Awards ceremony, 19:00
Don’t stand out, conform, blend in – they say. Young Dima in a fiction film Mazel Tov Cocktail dares to reply – No! – while breaking down the stereotype of a Jew in contemporary Germany. A loud NO is also heard
in an experimental documentary Happy In the Gap, a black essay on trains, beaches, and occupying spaces. Loud silence is sabotaging Aurel’s relationship with his father in the film How to Fly a Kite. Will the violence they encounter change everything?
Masel Tov Cocktail
Arkadij Khaet, Mickey Paatzsch, fiction, 30 min, Germany, 2020
Ingredients: 1 Jew, 12 Germans, 50 ml Culture of Remembrance, 30 ml stereotypes, 2 teaspoons of patriotism, 1 teaspoon of Israel, 1 falafel, 5 Stumbling Stones, a dash of antisemitism
Directions: Put all ingredients into a film, bring to boil, and shake vigorously. Then garnish with Klezmer music.
Consumption: Light before serving. Enjoy the cinema. 100% kosher.
Production:Filmakademie Baden Württemberg
Happy in The Gap
Lucas H. Rossi dos Santos, documentary, 10 min, Brazil, 2020
A black essay on trains, beaches, and occupying spaces. Freedom from language, freedom to speak.
Production:University Estácio de Sá
How to Fly a Kite?
Loránd Gábor, fiction, 27 min, Romania, 2018
Aurel is trying to win his father’s recognition. One day while gathering firewood in the nearby forest he comes of age quite differently then he expected.
Production: National University of Theatre and Film “IL Caragiale”, Bucharest