Berlinale: Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Compass-Perspektive-Award &

The Compass-Perspektive-Award is awarded to the best film in the current Perspektive Deutsches Kino programme. The award includes €5,000 in prize money and the director is given a trophy in the form of a compass.

Perspektive Deutsches Kino and Berlinale Talents jointly award the annual Kompagnon-Fellowship. Eligible to apply are directors and screenwriters of short or feature films who were part of the last edition of Perspektive Deutsches Kino, as well as permanent residents of Germany who will participate in the “Script Station”, ”Doc Station” or ”Short Film Station” at the current edition of Berlinale Talents.

A jury, comprised of three film professionals, will select one winner from Berlinale Talents and one from Perspektive Deutsches Kino. In addition to a stipend of 5,000 euros (2,500 euros for short films) for the independent development of a screenplay or project, the “Kompagnon” also provides a mentoring programme to help strengthen the filmmaker’s artistic signature, alongside professional coaching and improved industry networking opportunities.

Winner Compass-Perspektive-Award 2018

Award winner Veronika Kaserer with the jury, from left to right: Sol Bondy, Veronika Kaserer, Jules Herrmann, Sung-Hyung Cho

Überall wo wir sind (Everywhere We Are) by Veronika Kaserer

Jury Statement:

Veronika Kaserer has made a film about grief, which at the same reminds us that life is worth living. With an astonishing closeness, unconventional montage, and many surprising moments, she portrays the last weeks and days of Heiko Lekutat, a 29-year-old Berlin dance instructor, and, most notably, his wonderful, big-hearted family. Does the film cause us pain because the family’s sorrow distresses us so, or do we suffer because we feel that the great intimacy to those grieving oversteps a line and in doing so impinges on our own sense of well-being? The editing constantly flashes back and forth between “before” and “after” Heiko’s death. Is it legitimate to disrupt the process of dying in this way in order to arouse, on an abstract level, empathy for the psychological and emotional process of grieving? The fact that a film triggers fierce sentiments and debates is a fine quality. We congratulate director, producer, and camerawoman Veronika Kaserer.

Winners Kompagnon-Fellowship

Jide Tom Akinleminu and Julian Radlmeier

When a Farm Goes Aflame, the Flakes Fly Home to Bear the Tale by Jide Tom Akinleminu (Berlinale Talents 2018)

Jury Statement:

When the Danish-Nigerian filmmaker sets out to make a documentary about his allegedly lonely father in Nigeria, he discovers that his father has been leading a double life.
The family secret can be traced far back into the past – it begins with Nigeria’s struggle for independence – and spans three continents: Africa, Europe, and America.
We are looking forward to seeing this moving, multi-layered film

Blutsauger by Julian Radlmaier (Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2017).

Jury Statement:

Under the guise of a vampire film, Julian Radlmaier’s Blutsauger is an elegant German comedy that provides a both amusing and biting commentary on the global rise of nationalism.
As embodiment of the perspective of German cinema, the Kompagnon-Fellowship wants to support Julian Radlmaier in his efforts to get his unmistakable signature style out into the world.

The 2018 Jury

Sol Bondy
Sol Bondy was born in 1979 and grew up in London, Spain and Berlin and studied film production at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). In 2013 he graduated from the Trans Atlantic Partners programme and was recognised by Screen International as one of the world’s 30 “Future Leaders: Producers”. He is co-founder of One Two Films production company which has co-produced films including The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, Under the Tree, The Tale and The Bookshop. Sol Bondy is a member of the European Film Academy and teaches at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb), the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in Potsdam and FAMU in Prague.

Sung-Hyung Cho
Sung-Hyung Cho is an ethnographic documentary filmmaker. Her main subject matters include homeland and everyday life, at the moment particularly North Korean everyday life. For her debut film Full Metal Village she won the prestigious Max Ophüls Award as well as the Hessian Film Award, the Schleswig-Holstein Film Award and the DEFA Award for the Promotion of Young Artists. Further films followed: Endstation der Sehnsüchte (Home from Home), Verliebt Verlobt Verloren and Meine Brüder und Schwestern im Norden (My Brothers and Sisters in the North). Since 2011 she has been Professor of Moving Image and Artistic Film at the Saar College of Fine Arts (HBKsaar).

Jules Herrmann
Jules Herrmann studied directing at the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF in Potsdam. Her short film Auszeit (Time Out) screened at the Berlinale and won the Grand Prix at the Oskariada film festival in Warsaw. She co-produced the multi-award-winning film Die Geschichte vom Astronauten. Her French-German debut feature as a director, LIEBMANN, premiered in Perspektive Deutsches Kino at the Berlinale and went on to screen at numerous festivals and in French and German cinemas. The film was nominated for the TEDDY AWARD, the European Film Award and the German Film Critics’ Award.