Berlinale: Berlinale Shorts online

Berlinale Shorts online

This site features a selection of works from past Berlinale Shorts programmes. The films will be online for four weeks starting from the date they are made available.
A project by the Berlinale and Zeit Online

Curator‘s Pick | Maike Mia Höhne | Berlinale Shorts

Strong animations and one fiction film – between politics and personal experience, the films provide an impressive overview of the Berlinale Shorts selection. They have gained numerous awards around the world; Call of Cuteness is nominated for the German Short Film Award 2017. Berlinale Shorts presents contemporary trends of international and innovative cinema. Films of renowned directors such as Ruben Östlund, Pimpaka Towira, Tom Tykwer, Caroline Poggi & Jonathan Vinel, Leonor Teles, João Salaviza, Jan Soldat, Akram Zaatari, Christoph Schlingensief were presented at Berlinale Shorts.


by Till Nowak | Germany 2015 | 17 min | Berlinale Shorts 2015

Available from November 23 to December 21, 2017

A father misses his daughter and wants to see her. The mother doesn’t allow it, she’s frightened of this man she no longer understands and can no longer reach. She senses that he lives in another world. The daughter has no fear. The longing remains. In Dissonance, reality and fantasy merge and affect each other. 3D animation and live action become one. An odyssey through time and space. A modern fairytale.

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Kaputt (Broken – The Women’s Prison at Hoheneck)

by Volker Schlecht and Alexander Lahl | Germany 2016 | 7 min | Berlinale Shorts 2016

Available from November 30 to December 28, 2017

Kaputt is an animated documentary about Burg Hoheneck, the central women’s prison in former GDR. Apart from detention conditions, themes addressed primarily include enforced labour and the utilisation of products manufactured for export to the West. Gabriele Stötzer from Erfurt and Birgit Willschütz from Berlin recall their prison terms at Hoheneck in original interview recordings. The extract of these audio testimonials are interpreted in simple, minimally animated monochrome images.

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Call of Cuteness

by Brenda Lien | Germany 2017 | 4 min | Berlinale Shorts 2017

Available from December 7, 2017 to January 4, 2018

“While we watch the ‘cat fail’ of the day in cheerful safety, all that remains invisible in this neoliberal nightmare catches up with us. The cat’s body is consumed, exploited and controlled. The fear of pain is greater than the will for freedom. Objects are fetishised and subjects are made into things – quantifiable and ready for use. They are the natural commodity for a luxury they are not even aware of. We are here, because you were there – and waste is disposed of in the sea. In the end, the bodies reveal the causes and effects of power, lust and hate.” (Brenda Lien)

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Fuera de Temporada | Out of Season

by Sabrina Campos | Argentina 2017 | 23 min | Berlinale Shorts 2017

Available from December 14, 2017 to January 11, 2018

Vera and Bruno used to be a couple, but haven’t seen one another since they separated. He coincidentally appears before her during a long-awaited country house weekend with friends on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Bruno is now with Sofía. Vera is single and not unhappy about it. Shared days lie before them, surrounded by friends. The summer is hot, and the pool heavily frequented. Fuera de Temporada travels in reverse within a 3-act structure and tells, devoid of drama, of a love that no longer is, and of longing once more rekindled.

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