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My Galactic Twin Galaction | Stump the Guesser | Filipiñana | Celle qui porte la pluie | T
Good and evil, utopia and dystopia, narrative and post-narrative collide in a mortal battle, played out for the viewer’s entertainment.
After a bad day at work, a fairground performer sets out to disprove the theory of heredity so that he can marry his sister. An absurdist firework of a silent film.
The self-contained cosmos of a golf course reflects social structures. New “tee-girl” Isabel still has to learn the rules. But she is already looking for loopholes to subvert the system.
Her father will die soon, but the doctors have been saying that for years. She is left alone with her suppressed pain and the banal tasks of everyday life. Only in the magical darkness of the forest is it possible to grieve.
“When you do things with your hands, it heals you in places lower than where you cry from,” she says. A film that is a manifestation of grief, anger and the spiritual power of creativity.
A Demonstration | Atkūrimas | Aletsch Negative | À l’entrée de la nuit | Union County
The word “monster” comes from the Latin “monstrare”, meaning to show, to reveal, to demonstrate. A Demonstration picks up on these themes in a poetic exploration of the limits of sight and the metamorphosis of form.
A crime scene inspection in the forest. The cool re-staging of an act of raw brutality is almost unbearable. But the solidarity that ensues has its own dynamic.
The Aletsch is the largest and longest glacier in the Alps – and it is melting. Images of this microcosm reflect the problems of the macrocosm Earth. Animations toy with the viewer’s perception and simulate the decline of perennial ice.
He wanted to cross the sea but never arrived. A requiem in three shots.
Cody manages to get his feet back on the ground by taking small steps, all humble and persistent. But his opiate past doesn’t want to forget him.
Gumnaam Din | Girl and Body | So We Live | Huntsville Station | Genius Loci
They set off, looking for work in far-off places, but disappeared along the way. Inspired by Shiv Kumar Batalvi’s “birha” poetry, the film traces the longing on both sides: on the part of those who are missing, and those that wait for them to return.
In the wake of a frightening collapse, a young dancer is hospitalized and struggles to regain control of her body against a strange force inside. A meditation on the relationship between mind, body and identity.
A family in a living room, shot in one take. The blackout curtains are drawn and everyone tries to keep calm while outside, bombs are falling. But their nerves are on edge. Everyday life in a permanent state of emergency.
Every weekday, dozens of inmates are released from the largest prison release centre in Texas. In this pivotal moment, between incarceration and freedom, a myriad of complicated emotions arise before the bus arrives to take them home. A tender observation.
Young Reine is on the search, but she does not know what she is looking for. In delicate drawings and fluid animation, her perception becomes tangible.
Screening of the award-winning films of Berlinale Shorts.
The live broadcast in the Audi Berlinale Lounge of the festival’s emotional highlight, the presentation of the Bears, is hosted by Nina Sonnenberg.
Francis has survived his escape from Africa. In Berlin he gets to know Hasenheide park, the city’s clubs and its streets. His pal Reinhold becomes an adversary. Mieze brings both happiness and tragedy. Döblin’s classic as a dark present-day odyssey.
The wife of a small town doctor yearns for big city life. When her lover shows up to take her to Chicago, she throws all scruples to the wind. An over-the-top film noir, with a heroine who is even more depraved than was already customary for the genre.
A trio of con-men swindle the poorest of the poor out of their savings. What begins as a caper movie turns into a tragic, existential drama. This neo-realistic film traces the glaring contrast between rich and poor in post-war Italy.
Three young men from New York experience the horrors of World War I in the French trenches. With scenes in King Vidor’s silent film showing an anti-war bent, its radical naturalism was a key influence on anti-war films to follow.
In New Mexico, a bloody feud erupts between settlers and a criminal cattle baron, with Billy the Kid and his revolver playing a decisive role. This raw western set in magnificent landscapes was made before the restrictive Hays Code limits took effect.
It takes two to trust. Revisiting the set of Shirley (Encounters 2020), space-bending director Josephine Decker and moving-image architect Sturla Brandth Grøvlen retrace the steps of their initial film performance together.
A final binge in a bar on the edge of Las Vegas that is about to close down. This strictly observational film allows us to share the familiarity that exists between the regulars, making us feel that we too are sitting amongst them.
In the Latin Quarter of Paris, the penniless playwright Rodolphe falls in love with the even more destitute seamstress Mimi. This poignant melodrama, starring Lillian Gish and John Gilbert, is based on Giacomo Puccini’s famed opera.
Presentation of the Retrospective publication and panel discussion with Lisa Gotto, Bert Rebhandl und Françoise Zamour
Bud’s Recruit | The Other Half
While Reggie is a “slacker”, his younger brother Bud wants to do his patriotic duty and fight in World War I. He devises a way to turn Reggie into a war volunteer. This is the earliest surviving short film by King Vidor.
Returning from World War I, the heir to a steel mill wants to exercise the class solidarity he learned in the trenches. But ultimately, he follows his father’s advice of “no sentiment” in business, an attitude that turns his fiancée against him.
Subtitles: German, English