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Berlinale Shorts I: Sparkling solitaires rival the sun

Welt an Bord | Leyenda dorada | Entropia | Suc de síndria | All on a Mardi Gras Day

Welt an Bord offers a glimpse of the little-known rather male cosmos of barge shipping and tells of a female filmmaker’s attempt to become a part of it.

The small community of Montánchez in Spain: an idyllic summer’s day where people of all ages enjoy themselves around a swimming pool.

Entropia – a life without bras is possible, or how a fly paralysing the systems. An animated film from Hungary in which colour is hardly the only thing to lustfully explode.

She tries to regain her ability to orgasm. He helps her. With the most loving dedication.

Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans. The Big Chiefs of the various African-American tribes work on their costumes. Who is the fairest in the land?

Feb 08 21:30

CinemaxX 3

Subtitles: English

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Feb 11 16:00

CinemaxX 5

Subtitles: English

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Feb 13 21:30

CinemaxX 3

Subtitles: English

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Feb 15 17:00

Colosseum 1

Subtitles: English

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Berlinale Shorts II: Calling on the spirits

Rise | Shakti | The Spirit Keepers of Makuta’ay | It has to be lived once and dreamed twice | Héctor

A group of young Black artists perform their vital agitprop concept of edutainment in an act of self-empowerment in the Toronto subway.

When his grandmother dies, Federico decides to part with his girlfriend. She beats him to it and the comedy runs its course.

In search of different spiritual practices belonging to the indigenous people of Makuta’ay, Taiwan. A miniature, an essay, an impressionistic painting.

After the sixth great mass extinction, humankind has disappeared from the Earth. But new life awakes and tries to understand – and then it discovers the film history of humanity.

A fishing cove somewhere: This is where Gabriel works with a group of young men. An androgynous being appears and Gabriel falls in love. The woman disappears, a blaze is ignited.

Feb 09 16:00

CinemaxX 5

Subtitles: English

Please note: epilepsy warning for 'It has to be lived once and dreamed twice'

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Feb 11 21:30

CinemaxX 3

Subtitles: English

Please note: epilepsy warning for 'It has to be lived once and dreamed twice'

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Feb 12 17:00

Colosseum 1

Subtitles: English

Please note: epilepsy warning for 'It has to be lived once and dreamed twice'

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Feb 14 16:00

CinemaxX 5

Subtitles: English

Please note: epilepsy warning for 'It has to be lived once and dreamed twice'

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Berlinale Shorts III: Anywhere the wind blows

Splash | Past Perfect | Omarska | Prendre feu | Crvene gumene čizme

The splash of water is like a bomb, about to break the tranquility of the pool.

Past Perfect is a melancholic film – the archaeological investigation of the state of mind of our present.

The film Omarska attempts to erect a virtual memorial for the victims of the Bosnian war, using archive material, videos and statements from survivors in a 3D animation.

Prendre feu is an emotional tableau vivant: hands open to receive the rain. Escape is possible. Another life appears on the horizon.

A mother searching for the remains of her children visits the mass graves of the Bosnian post-war zone. A documentary by Golden Bear winner Jasmila Žbanić.

Feb 10 16:00

CinemaxX 5

Subtitles: English

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Feb 12 16:00

CinemaxX 5

Subtitles: English

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Feb 13 17:00

Colosseum 1

Subtitles: English

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Feb 15 21:30

CinemaxX 3

Subtitles: English

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Berlinale Shorts IV: Before imagination: reality

Mot Khu Dat Tot | Umbra | Can’t you see them? – Repeat. | How to Breathe in Kern County | Lidérc úr | Në Mes

A mother and son look for the grave of the father. A businessman wants to drive off his golf ball. The past and future meet in the present.

Umbra explores various optical phenomena that occur in nature – ancient and natural projections.

Sarajevo during the siege in 1992: Armed men cross a river. The artist reconstructs the movements of the filming camera that were shot from the vantage point of a skyscraper with a motion-tracking program. A body forms. The trauma becomes visible on the screen.

Living conditions in Kern County are determined by agriculture and oil production. The question here is whether there is air to breathe.

‘Love appears out of thin air like a tumour in the chest.’ Luca Tóth

In rural Kosovo, identical houses are built for family members working abroad, in the hope that they will one day return to settle in their old homeland.

Feb 08 16:00

CinemaxX 5

Subtitles: English

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Feb 12 21:30

CinemaxX 3

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Feb 14 17:00

Colosseum 1

Subtitles: English

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Feb 15 16:00

CinemaxX 5

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Berlinale Shorts V: The show must go on

Blue Boy | Rang Mahal | Al Mahatta | Kingdom | Flexible Bodies

In the Blue Boy Bar in Berlin, young men from Eastern Europe sit and talk about their job. They are sex workers. We look at them and they look at us.

A documentary that portrays the Santal people of northern India with tranquil composure and affectionate reverence.

Sudan 1989: People on wheels and on foot meet at a large crossroads in the desert between Khartoum and Bur Sudan.

A man falls in a forest. First an arm, then the man. Naked and carrying a suitcase, he walks through the forest. He finds a house, jams his bottom in first, and the journey begins.

Flexible Bodies is the portrait of a building, a meditation, perhaps the invocation of its inherent spirit. Moreover, it is a reflection on labour in the near future.

Feb 09 21:30

CinemaxX 3

Subtitles: English

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Feb 13 16:00

CinemaxX 5

Subtitles: English

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Feb 16 17:00

Colosseum 1

Subtitles: English

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Feb 14 22:00

CinemaxX 3

Subtitles: English

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Short films raise questions and seek answers. Berlinale Shorts is talking to the filmmakers and warmly invites everyone to join the conversation.

Free entrance

Forum Expanded Berlinale Shorts Mix

Entropia | Past Perfect | Part One: Where There Is a Joyous Mood, There a Comrade Will Appear to Share a Glass of Wine. | Meridian | Can’t you see them? – Repeat.

Entropia – a life without bras is possible, or how a fly paralysing the systems. An animated film from Hungary in which colour is hardly the only thing to lustfully explode.

Past Perfect is a melancholic film – the archaeological investigation of the state of mind of our present.

A promise of a new type of family structure: Questioning how a group’s sense of commonality is dissolved when there is an absence of communal experience and adherence to linear time, the film concerns affective relations and community building.

Meridian follows the last unit in a fleet of autonomous machines sent to deliver an emergency vaccine. Searching for parallels between automation and purgatory, depression and malfunction, it looks at how human drama is inscribed onto the inanimate.

Sarajevo during the siege in 1992: Armed men cross a river. The artist reconstructs the movements of the filming camera that were shot from the vantage point of a skyscraper with a motion-tracking program. A body forms. The trauma becomes visible on the screen.

Feb 16 16:00

CinemaxX 5

Subtitles: English

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Generation Mix

Les petites vagues | Story | Tattoo | Liberty | Tigre | Kids | Mosul 980 | Leaking Life

Amélie is overcome by waves of emotion and sensation when she picks up on the erotic energy in the air between her favourite cousin and his girlfriend. It’s all a pink buzzing, an electrified tingling, building to a dazzling climax.

Digital technology shapes our lives and defines how we access reality. Can we still tell where the screen ends and the outside world begins?

A scar and a tattoo seal the fate of a young Iranian woman. During a routine examination to renew her driving licence, the officials suddenly become convinced that they have uncovered a problematic psychological condition.

In Miami’s Liberty City, two friends attempt to regain some sense of normalcy after the death of a family member. With great poise and focus, Faren Humes explores the charged atmosphere as the African-American girls search for a way to get close again.

It is pretty much the middle of nowhere. Between soulless housing estates, sparse forest and wet gravel lots, two friends drive around aimlessly – until one of them decides it’s time to leave. The start of a fatal farewell.

Who sets the tone, and who simply follows? Can you hold on to your identity in the crowd? Even when things sometimes take a wrong turn, the game continues unabated. A laconic, sparsely drawn animated short, Kids plumbs the depths of group dynamics.

A young Yazidi woman risks an escape from the clutches of the Islamic State. Dressed in an ISIS militia uniform, she emerges from the trunk of a car to find herself in the midst of a devastated city, Mosul. In search of shelter, she climbs into a tank.

To most people, tea bags are just disposable everyday items. But to the Japanese animation artist Shunsaku Hayashi they are the starting point for a contemplative meditation.

Feb 17 16:00

CinemaxX 5

Subtitles: English

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In the Eye of the Storm

Splash | Prendre feu | The Spirit Keepers of Makuta’ay | Mot Khu Dat Tot | Omarska

The splash of water is like a bomb, about to break the tranquility of the pool.

Prendre feu is an emotional tableau vivant: hands open to receive the rain. Escape is possible. Another life appears on the horizon.

In search of different spiritual practices belonging to the indigenous people of Makuta’ay, Taiwan. A miniature, an essay, an impressionistic painting.

A mother and son look for the grave of the father. A businessman wants to drive off his golf ball. The past and future meet in the present.

The film Omarska attempts to erect a virtual memorial for the victims of the Bosnian war, using archive material, videos and statements from survivors in a 3D animation.

Feb 15 15:00

Zoo Palast 3

Subtitles: English

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Feb 17 19:30

Zoo Palast 2

Subtitles: English

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Notes on Cinema #92

Notes on Cinema #92: Re-Touching the Body – Storytelling, Participation, Reality | Can’t you see them? – Repeat. | Omarska | The Spirit Keepers of Makuta’ay

How can we tell history? How do we want to talk about it? How can we use archive material to re-discover and re-tell what happened? A deeper look into history and reality, and their depiction in media, with a focus on the Balkans.

Sarajevo during the siege in 1992: Armed men cross a river. The artist reconstructs the movements of the filming camera that were shot from the vantage point of a skyscraper with a motion-tracking program. A body forms. The trauma becomes visible on the screen.

The film Omarska attempts to erect a virtual memorial for the victims of the Bosnian war, using archive material, videos and statements from survivors in a 3D animation.

In search of different spiritual practices belonging to the indigenous people of Makuta’ay, Taiwan. A miniature, an essay, an impressionistic painting.

Free entrance

Feb 14 14:00

Botschaft von Kanada - Canada Room

Subtitles: English

Registration required: brlinpa@international.gc.ca

Queer Mix: Don’t stop me from loving

Four Quartets | Entropia | Héctor | Blue Boy | Lidérc úr | Vivir en junio con la lengua afuera | Yulia & Juliet | Parsi

Raf’s gaze drifts across the dance floor. There is desire and expectation in his eyes, but also anxiety and shyness. Moving to the film’s rhythmic pulse and the intoxicating music in the gay club, we dance with Raf and cast off all inhibitions.

Entropia – a life without bras is possible, or how a fly paralysing the systems. An animated film from Hungary in which colour is hardly the only thing to lustfully explode.

A fishing cove somewhere: This is where Gabriel works with a group of young men. An androgynous being appears and Gabriel falls in love. The woman disappears, a blaze is ignited.

In the Blue Boy Bar in Berlin, young men from Eastern Europe sit and talk about their job. They are sex workers. We look at them and they look at us.

‘Love appears out of thin air like a tumour in the chest.’ Luca Tóth

Three Cuban artists meet to share a poem in this video homage to dissident writer Reinaldo Arenas. The video was shot in Havana’s Lenin Park, where Arenas once held secret literary salons and spent months in hiding as a fugitive in the 1970s.

In the confined world of a prison, Yulia and Juliet share their secret love. Somehow they find a way to make it work – until the day that Juliet is released. A tender and intense mini-drama which, like its two heroines, is full of emotional tension.

Parallel to the list of “what seems to be but isn’t” from the poem “No es” by Mariano Blatt, Parsi observes spaces and people in a perpetual movement to create another poem that is caressed by, crashes into, and spins next to “No es”.

Feb 10 21:30

CinemaxX 3

Subtitles: English

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Queer Mix: Shadows of the past – exploding lives

Four Quartets | Das Geräusch rascher Erlösung | Vivir en junio con la lengua afuera | Blue Boy | Jean Genet is Dead | Blue Diary | Héctor | Entropia

Raf’s gaze drifts across the dance floor. There is desire and expectation in his eyes, but also anxiety and shyness. Moving to the film’s rhythmic pulse and the intoxicating music in the gay club, we dance with Raf and cast off all inhibitions.

After a flirtatious encounter, two young men meet again in a different reality. Caught in the crossfire of patriarchal violence, they face their emotions and develop courage and imagination to embrace their identities in a heterosexualised world.

Three Cuban artists meet to share a poem in this video homage to dissident writer Reinaldo Arenas. The video was shot in Havana’s Lenin Park, where Arenas once held secret literary salons and spent months in hiding as a fugitive in the 1970s.

In the Blue Boy Bar in Berlin, young men from Eastern Europe sit and talk about their job. They are sex workers. We look at them and they look at us.

Young men, scattered and defenceless, captured on Super 8 film. Jean Genet’s thoughts on desire, isolation and the threat of death, visualised in Constantine Giannaris’s restless cinematic delirium.

A lesbian obsessively but tenderly relives the night she has just spent with a straight woman which has gone nowhere, just like the cul-de-sacs of San Francisco that seem to reflect her own unfulfilled expectations.

A fishing cove somewhere: This is where Gabriel works with a group of young men. An androgynous being appears and Gabriel falls in love. The woman disappears, a blaze is ignited.

Entropia – a life without bras is possible, or how a fly paralysing the systems. An animated film from Hungary in which colour is hardly the only thing to lustfully explode.

Feb 17 16:00

International

Subtitles: English

With 15 minutes intermission

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Reaching intelligent souls everywhere

Leyenda dorada | Rise | Në Mes | Lidérc úr | All on a Mardi Gras Day

The small community of Montánchez in Spain: an idyllic summer’s day where people of all ages enjoy themselves around a swimming pool.

A group of young Black artists perform their vital agitprop concept of edutainment in an act of self-empowerment in the Toronto subway.

In rural Kosovo, identical houses are built for family members working abroad, in the hope that they will one day return to settle in their old homeland.

‘Love appears out of thin air like a tumour in the chest.’ Luca Tóth

Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans. The Big Chiefs of the various African-American tribes work on their costumes. Who is the fairest in the land?

Feb 13 15:00

Zoo Palast 3

Subtitles: English

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Feb 17 17:00

Colosseum 1

Subtitles: English

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Screening of the award winning films of Berlinale Shorts

Blue Boy | Omarska | Umbra | Rise | Suc de síndria

In the Blue Boy Bar in Berlin, young men from Eastern Europe sit and talk about their job. They are sex workers. We look at them and they look at us.

The film Omarska attempts to erect a virtual memorial for the victims of the Bosnian war, using archive material, videos and statements from survivors in a 3D animation.

Umbra explores various optical phenomena that occur in nature – ancient and natural projections.

A group of young Black artists perform their vital agitprop concept of edutainment in an act of self-empowerment in the Toronto subway.

She tries to regain her ability to orgasm. He helps her. With the most loving dedication.

Feb 17 21:30

CinemaxX 3

Subtitles: English

Ticket code 170041

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