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Berlinale Shorts

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

Ulu Braun

Germany 2018


19 min · Colour

World premiere


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
Director of Photography
Ulu Braun
Ulu Braun
Sound Design
Valentin Lorenz
Max Knoth
Ulu Braun


Ulu Braun

Born in Schongau, Bavaria in 1976, he studied painting and experimental film in Vienna and Helsinki, followed by animation at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen Konrad Wolf in Potsdam-Babelsberg. His video collages and films are poised between contemporary art and narrative cinema and have been exhibited in museums and galleries and screened at film festivals. He has won numerous awards including the 2013 German Short Film Prize. Three of his films have already screened in Berlinale Shorts: FORST in 2013, BIRDS in 2014 and Architektura in 2015.

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; Berlinale Shorts 2014 BIRDS; Berlinale Shorts 2015 Plantheon; co-director: T. Haarla · Architektura; Berlinale Shorts 2017 Die Herberge (The Hostel) 2018 Burkina Brandenburg Komplex

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

Produced by

Studio Ulu Braun
Berlin, Germany

World sales

Studio Ulu Braun
Berlin, Germany


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