IN WHICH LANGUAGE ARE THE FILMS?

All of the films in our program are shown in the original version – with German and English subtitles.

The German subtitles are specifically produced for this festival.
You'll watch the films unaltered, because the people in the films are talking in their original language. You'll read the dialogues in German or English. And you'll be surprised, how well that works!

Out of technical reasons the films in Kino Atlantis are shown with English subtitles ONLY.

Program 2019

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Aurora

Rovaniemi, northern Finland, in the wintery run-up to Christmas. A blonde woman, charmingly named Aurora, helps Darian out by giving him 20 cents at a snack bar, but responds to his question how he might pay her back with an exasperated “thank you”, only to add “and don’t ask me...

Oct , 8
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Blue Hour

Sunada can’t deal with her life anymore: She is living in Tokyo, works in the TV advertising business and directs TV commercials, an activity that requires more conflict-solving and people skills on the film set than artistic talent. Her liver is more or less shot on account of excessive amounts...

Oct , 8
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Crescendo

A youth orchestra is scheduled to play as part of a peace summit in South Tyrol. In order to attract a sufficient number of young musicians from the mutually hostile groups of Israelis and Palestinians, the German organizers have signed world-renowned conductor Eduard Sporck, who, for personal reasons, has agreed...

Oct , 8
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The Naked King – 18 fragments on Revolution

Two events, two revolutionary upheavals in two consecutive years. 1979: the overthrow of the Iranian Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. 1980: The general strike of “Solidarność”− a political movement in Poland lead by the future Polish president Lech Wałęsa − that started at the Gdansk Lenin shipyard to then change the...

Oct , 14
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Duga, the Scavengers

A funeral odyssey is a rare, albeit not unprecedented subject in the world of cinema. The Canadian writer, actor and director of Lebanese decent, Wajdi Mouawad, now a resident of Paris, brought his feature film debut “Littoral”, which is set in Lebanon, to the International competition at the International Film...

Oct , 8
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End Of Sentence

It is obvious that Sean does not have a great relationship with his father, even prior to the son’s time in jail, where he ended up for car theft. The mildly indulgent social-worker-smile on father Frank’s face is just about the last thing that volatile and choleric Sean wants to...

Oct , 8
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Fabulous

Three women, three temperaments, three interconnected stories: There’s Laurie, who looks like the girl next door. She studied journalism and wants to work as a journalist after her internship. But editors prefer to hire influencers with legions of followers....

Oct , 8
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Father And Sons

The opening scene at a funeral home certainly has Woody Allen-esque, darkly humorous dimensions. This is a special kind of family: While there is no mother, there is certainly a bit of megalomania present in the father and his two sons. It's fair to speculate if such an extent of...

Oct , 14
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For Those Who Don’t Read Me

We are all familiar with the kind of setting: an event of some kind or another, somewhere you make an appearance if you consider yourself part of the in-crowd. It is a reception, at which you know some people and others you don’t. You might engage in conversation, or consume...

Oct , 8
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Good Morning Son

After being injured in a military operation, Israeli soldier Omri is in a coma, lying in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Tel Aviv. The hospital staircase in front of the intensive care unit and the sick room, where wounded Omri lies, become the setting for a special...

Oct , 14
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Holding Positions

In the realms of aesthetics and world cinema, airports have always been venues that symbolize the classic theme of a passage, the in-between. They are places of thresholds, of farewells and transitions, the ‘not-yet’ and the ‘nevermore’. This is equally pertinent for feature films (such as the classic Casablanca’s final...

Oct , 14
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Honeyland

In the sun-kissed landscape of North Macedonia, Hatidze – a woman in her mid-fifties of Turkish descent – is harvesting honey from wild beehives in the old traditional way. “Half for them, half for me” she sings to herself and leaves enough for the bees....

Oct , 14
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Hurry Slowly

The paradoxical title of the film does justice to the narrative pace and the aesthetic tone of this directorial debut with its convincing minimalistic style. Fiona, a hard-working and reliable young woman, lives alone with her brother Tom in their grandparent’s house on a small Norwegian island....

Oct , 14
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Indigo

Casablanca, Morocco. 13-year-old Nora is confronted with violence and the world of the irrational. When she discovers her gift, it burdens her like a curse and causes misunderstandings in her environment. After an emotional shock, she tries to escape her brother Mehdi’s brutality, seeking refuge in the world of clairvoyance....

Oct , 14
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Last Visit

Riyadh-businessman Nasser had intended to drive to his close friend’s wedding with his sixteen-year-old son Waleed. On the road, the forty-year-old then receives a phone call from his older brother. Their father is terminally ill in bed and only has a few more days to live. Nasser alters their route...

Oct , 14
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Life As It Is: Miloš Forman on Miloš Forman

“We used cinema verité for a structured story.“ This sentence uttered by the director Miloš Forman, who passed away last year, perfectly explains the aesthetic and dramaturgical essence of the Czechoslovakian “New Wave”, a trend that played a major role not only in politics but also in the world of...

Oct , 14
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Lonesome Collectors

Julio is a strange guy. The silent, reclusive young man works as a presser for a dry cleaner in Mexico City. He's an oddball who's scared of talking to women. He is fascinated by clothing, though. This might not come as a surprise since he works in an environment where...

Oct , 14
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LUCANIA Land Blood and Magic

The bloody wild boar that Rocco wrests from Mother Nature using his gun is a first visual sign: Red, the color of blood, wine and love remains the dominant color that runs like a thread through this film. “This is a very harsh country”, Argenzia remarks to her daughter who...

Oct , 14
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Magali

Magalí works as a nurse in Buenos Aires. Upon her mother’s death, she returns to her hometown of Susques in the Jujuy province of north-easternmost Argentina, close to the Chilean border. Magalí’s son Felix, whom she has not seen in years, has grown up in the village community, staying with...

Oct , 14
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Metal Heart

At first sight, the two 18-year-old teenagers could not be more different. There is Emma, who is a bit of a pessimist; in true goth fashion, she sports black clothes, black hair and black makeup. And then, there is Chantal, her bubbly, blustering, blonde sister. For a variety of reasons,...

Oct , 14
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My Little One

Two men in the Arizona desert. Alex and Bernando are on their way to see a woman they once were in love with. That was a long time ago. In the middle of nowhere a pick-up gives them a ride. At the wheel: Frida a ten-year old rather gruff girl...

Oct , 14
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New Skin

The idea of leaving in order to find yourself, be it in coming of age stories or rite de passage is a common enough narrative theme in world cinema. But: what if it were the other way round? What would happen, if one were to return to the proverbial ‘bosom...

Oct , 14
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Ohong Village

Sheng-Ji returns to the small oyster farming village he grew up in after a long sojourn in Taipei, where he had been out of work as of late. Determined not to lose face, he reinvents himself as a successful business professional. Ming, his sporadically choleric father who has spent his...

Oct , 14
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Ojos Negros

Childhood, or to be more precise, the beginning of the end of childhood for the 14-year old protagonist Paula is the theme of this debut film shot in Spain by Marta Lallana and Ivet Castelo.  The opening scene shows us Paula in front of a door ajar of a room...

Oct , 14
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Old-Timers

From today’s perspective, the Stalin era of the 1950s in communist Czechoslovakia seems like the distant past. But not for those who then were politically active as either victims or perpetrators. The injustices of the old regime keep Vlasta up nights. He hasn’t got that many years left anymore. Driven...

Oct , 14
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Omar And Us

Ismet was a Turkish soldier who did his military service as a commander of the coast guard at the Turkish-Greek border on the Mediterranean. Now he is retired. His son has already left Turkey, immigrating to the USA and Ismet’s wife wants to follow him. While fishing, Ismet’s brother Sabri...

Oct , 14
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On The Roof

Somewhere on the roof of a block of an apartment building in Prague, two men are standing at the precipice with the possibility a falling. Song is a 20-year-old Vietnamese, who had been hoping for a brighter future in Europe. He is an illegal immigrant, previously working in an illegal...

Oct , 14
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Roll The Drum!

“Marignan March” or “Bella Ciao”? That is the question. The place is Valais, the French-speaking Swiss canton, and the year is 1970. In a small wine village in the Rhone Valley, a political and musical “war” breaks out, dividing the entire village. ...

Oct , 14
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Rona, Azim’s Mother

The Afghan refugee Azim lives with his family in Teheran and works as a street sweeper at night. As the oldest brother he organizes an escape to Germany for his younger brother Faroogh and his family using a human trafficker, a smuggler. ...

Oct , 14
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You Tell Me

Two sisters in a conundrum. Moni returns to Potsdam from Spain, ostensibly to help her sister Silke, who has been badly roughed up on a bridge over the Havel river. Both are looking for the perpetrator. But his perspective is completely different, and even the sister have, on closer inspection,...

Oct , 14
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Sky And Ground

This is the months long odyssey of a three-generation Syrian-Kurdish family, the Nabi clan. The extended family escapes their bombed-out house and the horrors of war in Aleppo. Their dream destination: Germany. To be more precise: Berlin. They have an uncle living there who communicates with them on their long...

Oct , 14
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The Black Tree

An ethnographic film essay about the Toba people, or Qom – which translates to “humans” – as the members of this indigenous Latin American tribe call themselves. The Qom are the most well-known ethnic group of Guaycurú in Argentina. They live in the provinces of Formosa, Chaco and Santa...

Oct , 14
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The Cotton Wool War

Dora is spending her holidays with her grandmother Maria in Salvador de Bahia in Brazil for the first time. The elegant old lady, who picks up her granddaughter at the airport, has swathed her entire body in a cotton garment that gives her the appearance of a heroine in a Greek...

Oct , 14
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The Far Shore

Marine and Océane Beauregarde, eleven and sixteen years of age, attend the same high-school somewhere in Québec. Despite their maritime first names, initially, there are no scenic seascapes, no open horizons or oceanic sentiments. In the first shot of this family melodrama, disguised as a coming of age story, when...

Oct , 14
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The Grizzlies

Ein junger Lehrer lehrt und lernt selber. Denn hier bei den Inuit in Kugluktuk im äußersten Norden Kanadas bestimmen Armut, Alkohol und häusliche Gewalt das Leben im Alltag. Das ist jedenfalls der Eindruck, den der neue Lehrer Russ haben muss, als er dort seine Stelle an der Schule antritt. Als...

Oct , 14
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The Humorist

1984: the “bleierne Zeit” or leaden time, as the Margarete von Trotta film title once coined it, in the Soviet Union before Perestroika. Chernenkov is in his final year as General Secretary of the Communist party, Nixon is President of the United States. The Cold War is ongoing. ...

Oct , 14
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The Missed Round

Cartagena, Colombia is the backdrop to the story of Reynaldo Salgado, called “El Piedra“ (The Stone), a boxer who takes dives in show fights just to earn a couple of pesos. One day Breyder, a street kid, shows up and claims to be his son. With Breyder, Reynaldo has finally...

Oct , 14
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The Projectionist

Eliseo is a projectionist – in the old analogue sense of the word – a world apart from today’s digital 4K projection. He runs a traveling movie theater with a 35 mm projector mounted on his truck, touring between the villages in the Dominican Republic with only his ticket seller...

Oct , 14
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The Roar

Taipeh, Taiwan. This is where Huang, a man in his mid-forties – works as a taxi driver. He works hard day and night and almost never treats himself to anything nice but hands over all his earnings to his wife. And still, the very demanding woman – a genuine ball...

Oct , 14
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The Swing Maker

The central Chinese province of Shanxi, close to Xi’an city. It is a barren, stony, rough and wind-swept region. The work on the off shore oil platforms is tough, in this landscape in which people appear like tiny marginalized and alien life forms. Local ex-worker Liu Huanrong is a friendly...

Oct , 14
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The Unpromised Land

Sabina, together with her two Romany brothers, lives in the small town of Holmsund, Sweden. The three came from Romania and the two brothers now work in the car repair shop of good-natured Martin. Not everybody is as open as Martin to the two brothers and their younger sister Sabrina,...

Oct , 14
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Tobby

“This first feature film by a documentary director focuses on the character of jazz singer and percussionist Tobby, who plays himself. The film depicts him at a threshold in his life. Should he take up a concert-organizer’s lucrative offer of going on tour and playing commercially successful music, or should...

Oct , 14
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Trees Of Protest

“As long as there's a person in the tree, they cannot fell the tree,” an occupant remarks at the beginning. A “classic activist film”, just like the classic “movement” films of the 1970s and 80s, which documented squatters in Berlin, the fight against the Startbahn West runway at Frankfurt Airport,...

Oct , 14
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Under the Turquoise Sky

Takeshi, a rich and entitled young man, is sent to the steppe of Outer Mongolia by his grandfather. The grandfather, a Japanese business tycoon, wants him to search for a daughter who went missing a very long time ago. As a young Japanese soldier, the grandfather was a POW in...

Oct , 14
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Widow Of Silence

“You can’t afford to think for yourself”, Aasia’s colleague tells her. Aasia works as a nurse in a hospital in Kashmir to make ends meet for herself, her 11-year old daughter and her sick mother-in-law. She, as people here call it, is a “half-widow”: Her husband, a Safran farmer, was...

Oct , 14