Program 2017

Our Films

films , Neue Deutsche Filme

Der namenlose Tag

The film is based on a novel by Friedrich Ani, a master in telling melancholic tales of lost souls. Famed German director and master of his trade, Volker Schlöndorff, turned this tale into a film – in his way, naturally. ...

Oct , 20
program , films , International Independent Cinema

Djam

Gnarled Greek sailor Kakourgos sends the young Djam to Istanbul, ostensibly to find a rare spare part for his ship. On her journey, she meets a 19-year-old French woman, who wanted to work in refugee relief but is about to give up on trying to make a difference....

Oct , 20
films , International Newcomer Competition

El Pampero

This film manages to do completely without words for the first ten minutes. We see protagonist Fernando prepare his boat, the “Chronos”, for a trip. He works calmly and meticulously, every movement and every action is precise and calculated. ...

Oct , 18
films , International Newcomer Discoveries

Escape from Patagonia

The place is Argentina. More precisely, the southern tip of Patagonia. The year is 1879. Patagonia is still under the indigenous rule of the Mapuche. During an expedition, the naturalist and geographer Francisco Moreno and his fellow travelers are captured by a group of Mapuche Indians. ...

Oct , 18
program , films , International Newcomer Discoveries

For All The Trees

Manuel Halter, son of a Luzern middle-class family, is a typical example of those born around the turn of the millennium, of Generation Y. The casting of the central character might remind older cinemagoers of the actor Werner Enke. But his quick repartee (famously: “Es wird böse enden”, or: “it...

Oct , 19
program , films , Neue Deutsche Filme

Freiheit

A women gets on a bus and rides it until the end of the line. When she gets there, she refuses to get off. She has made up her mind. Without any explanation or parting words, she leaves her two children and her husband, determined to pursue the project...

Oct , 20
program , films , International Newcomer Competition

III Smoking Barrels

Three stylistically diverse stories from an India far removed from the glittery world of Bollywood. They are directed with the edginess of documentaries and play in a cinematically hitherto underrepresented region of the country, the Northwest of the subcontinent, that is to say Assam, Meghalaya and Manipur, the border-regions close...

Oct , 20
program , films , International Independent Cinema

Licht

Although 18-year-old Maria Theresa nearly completely lost her vision as a child, she became a piano virtuoso. During her intimate concerts for the Viennese high society, people marvel at her for being a “freak” while adoring her as a consummate “entertainer”. ...

Oct , 20
program , films , International Newcomer Competition

Life Beyond Me

After their divorce, Sylvie's ex-husband Pablo abducted their five-year-old son Felipe from France and took him to South America. After Pablo died in a car accident, Felipe was raised by Pablo's mother Norma and her daughter Maria. Sylvie has finally picked up Felipe’s trace in the Uruguayan countryside, Pablo’s home...

Oct , 18
program , films , Neue Deutsche Filme

Naomis Reise

Together with her 20-year-old daughter Naomi, the mother leaves Peru and goes to Germany: Mariella, her other grown-up daughter, was murdered by her husband. In Berlin, the two Peruvians will appear as joint plaintiffs in the trial. ...

Oct , 20
program , films , International Newcomer Competition

See you in Texas

Vito Palmieri’s impressive feature debut feels like a documentary, though it cast with professional actors. Palmieri intentionally avoids drama while telling a simple, almost naturalistic story spanning four seasons. It is a parable about a generation Y couple torn between ambition, compromise and mutual support....

Oct , 18
films , International Newcomer Discoveries

The Swan

Nine-year-old Sól is a chagrined, introverted daydreamer, who, much to her parents' dismay, has been caught shoplifting – again. As punishment, and because they are getting a divorce, her parents send her off to her aunt's farm in the desolate countryside of Iceland over the summer, where she is supposed...

Oct , 18
films , International Newcomer Competition

The Watchman

The modern day colonialists of the Dominican Republic are not so much foreign tourists, but, increasingly, nouveau riche Dominicans from the cities. They own numerous villas at the beach and on the offshore islands. Their private properties inhibit public access to the beaches, even though they may only spend a...

Oct , 18
program , films , International Newcomer Discoveries

Tomato Red

"Are you dangerous? What’s your story?", the curly redhead Jamalee asks the ex-con Sammy Barlach with a smile that was a little too much on the maliciously seductive side. She found him after he broke into her house on a drinking binge, had one too many and fell asleep there....

Oct , 18
films , Specials

Zentralmuseum

Jochen Kuhn is always screenplay writer and painter as well as cameraman and voice-over artist rolled into one. The film enters a museum, a modern museum of course, with the usual contemporary works of art. The narrator Jochen Kuhn also enters this museum. Because he recently inherited this museum, as...

Oct , 23
films , International Newcomer Competition

Zer

Jan, son of a well-to-do banker, is of Turkish descent. He lives in New York, where he is studying music. His grandmother Zarife comes to New York from Turkey to undergo an operation and Jan is supposed to look after the old lady – who doesn’t speak a word of...

Oct , 18