Burkina Brandenburg Komplex

‘A presumably African village, inhabited by Germans. The film Burkina Brandenburg Komplex describes a geographical construction that makes use of “our” medial and collective image of Africa and puts it to the test through inaccuracies. An archaeological find is made in a mine: a Ferrari®. We tag along with Joachim on his everyday rounds. He has his heart set on realising a common energy project. The Museum of Prussian Cultural Heritage is run by a woman of color. She presents artefacts from Western consumer culture with a special emphasis on German products. Joachim is involved in the ritualistic production of energy in the village, but gets excluded when the ceremony is nearing its finale, finally catapulting himself out of the “story/history”.’ Ulu Braun
by Ulu Braun
with Joachim Stargard, Evyonne Muhuri, Katja Franziska Müller, Valentin Lorenz, Hans Drews, Edeltraut Drews, Dietlind Sommer
Germany 2018 German 19’ Colour


  • Joachim Stargard (Joachim)
  • Evyonne Muhuri (Museum director)
  • Katja Franziska Müller (Villager)
  • Valentin Lorenz (Mine worker)
  • Hans Drews (Villager)
  • Edeltraut Drews (Villager)
  • Dietlind Sommer (Villager)


Written and Directed by Ulu Braun
Cinematography Ulu Braun
Editing Ulu Braun
Sound Design Valentin Lorenz
Music Max Knoth
Producer Ulu Braun

Ulu Braun

Born in Schongau, Germany in 1976, the filmmaker lives and works in Berlin and Finland. Between 1996 and 2005, he studied film and painting in Vienna, Helsinki and Potsdam. His video collages and films straddle the border between art and narrative cinema and have been presented in museums, galleries and at film festivals. He has won numerous awards, including the 2013 German Short Film Award. His films have featured a number of times in Berlinale Shorts, most recently Burkina Brandenburg Komplex in 2018.

Filmography (short films)

2004 Die Flutung von Viktoria 2007 Rhabarber Boy 2009 Westcoast 2010 Atlantic Garden 2011 Maria Theresia and her 16 children; co-director: R. Rauschmeier · The Park 2012 Tower of Invincibility 2013 Vertikale · FORST 2014 BIRDS 2015 Plantheon; co-director: T. Haarla · Architektura 2017 Die Herberge (The Hostel) 2018 Burkina Brandenburg Komplex 2021 Das Glitzern im Barbieblut (Glittering Barbieblood)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021