Berlinale: Berlinale Shorts online

Berlinale Shorts online

Curator‘s Pick | Maike Mia Höhne | Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, Berlinale Shorts

A Muslim skater girl in the USA; a fictional solution to the Middle East conflict; the necessity of keeping one’s mouth shut.
Questions of great social relevance and large conflicts. Pop culture meets deep waters. The cinema is a place for thinking. The selected short films reveal potential lines of inquiry.
Superficie and Hopptornet were presented in the Berlinale Shorts competition, and Crystal Lake was featured in the Generation section.

The films will be online for four weeks starting from the date they are made available. A second short film programme will follow in autumn.

A project by the Berlinale and Zeit Online.

Hopptornet (Ten Meter Tower) | Sweden 2016, 17 min | Berlinale Shorts 2016

Available from March 3 to 30, 2017

The experimental set-up of the film is equivalent to a physical composition. But unlike physics, the conclusion is not predictable. Swimming pool. Interior. Day. 10 meter tower. The camera is focused on the platform. The sound is set. Diverse people climb the tower, dare to walk to the edge of the board, look down and then pause. “Stick to your decision and jump”, she says. “There is no way that I’m going to run and jump. That’s for sure”, he says. What makes people jump? What is the meaning of such heights? What requires more courage – jumping or climbing down backwards? The tension remains.

More information on Hopptornet

Previously shown films

Crystal Lake by Jennifer Reeder | USA 2016, 20 min | Generation 2016
(February 9 to March 9, 2017)

Living in a new city, mourning her mother, and with a broken skateboard, Ladan is going through a tough time. A feisty group of girls led by the charismatic Samiyah have taken over the skate park and made it their own territory. They fearlessly turn the tables on any boys who try to get in. But despite their determined action, they have a tender message for Ladan.

Nation Estate by Larissa Sansour | Palestine / Denmark 2012, 9 min
(February 16 to March 16, 2017)

Nation Estate is a 9-minute sci-fi short offering a clinically dystopian, yet humorous approach to the deadlock in the Middle East. The film explores a vertical solution to Palestinian statehood: One colossal skyscraper housing the entire Palestinian population – now finally living the high life.

Superficie (Surface) by Rui Xavier | Portugal 2007, 14 Min | Berlinale Shorts 2008
(February 23 to March 23, 2017

No matter how calm the surface of the ocean appears to be, each time we cross the line that divides land and water we enter an unknown and unexpected world. Does our world remain the same when we come back on shore?