Paul-Eugène Dannaud / Alice Lefort / Julia Chaix / Natacha Pianeti / Lorraine Desserre / Quentin Tireloque // France // 2019 // 04:50 min
Until the early 1960s, the upper speed limit of 400 mph for land vehicles seemed unsurpassable. Ikarus, a very special driver, did everything in his power to change that.
Dekel Berenson // Ukraine, England, Israel // 2019 // 15:20 min
Living in war-torn Eastern Ukraine Anna is an aging single mother who is desperate for a change. Lured by a radio advertisement, she goes to party with a group of American men who are touring the country, searching for love.
Michelle Brand // England // 2019 // 05:13 min
A man in a room, in a film – it is the becoming of something and at the same time the becoming reveals itself. Nothing is solid, everything flows. The electrosounds and voice experiments of "Durchgangszimmer" try to pick up this atmosphere.
Tomasz Popakul // Poland, Japan // 2016 // 14:00 min
With the outbreak of nuclear war down on Earth, a couple of astronauts in a space station lose contact with their home planet. Alas, while life is seemingly ending below, something new and unexpected is taking shape elsewhere.
Frédéric Schuld // Germany // 2020 // 05:00 min
In the 19th century, children were forced to work as chimney sweeps. A report, written by a man who was once such a child before becoming an instructor, sheds light on the daily grind of a British chimney swift.
Eefje Suijkerbuijk // Netherlands, Ukraine // 2019 // 15:46 min
The forest is being replaced by a shopping mall, the station is becoming a lonely place, since the trains hardly run anymore. The city becomes a still life full of tender emotions of belonging in a country in which space and identity are highly contested fields.
Nelson Makengo // Congo // 2018 // 12:20 min
An abandoned sports complex in Lubumbashi (named Elisabethville until 1960) that used to belong the mining company Gécamines, layered with sound archives, images and ghosts of the past. The weight of the place’s colonial history is met by an intimate family story: a letter from the late independence leader Lumumba to his wife. This juxtaposition opens a view into the collective memory of the former Belgian colony.
Elisabetta Bosco / Margherita Giusti / Viola Mancini // Italy // 2020 // 07:00 min
Thanks to their music, friends Aliou and Afif were not only able to overcome the language barrier and communicate upon their arrival in Italy – it also helped them to integrate themselves in their adopted homeland.
Romane Faure / de Geyer d'Orth / Nathanael Perron / Pei-Hsuan Lin / Léa Detrain / Anne-Lise Kubiak // France // 2019 // 05:30 min
lt's teatime! Unfortunately for Phileas, all his tea boxes are empty. He decides to obtain some at the source: In China. Live on stage professional Foley artists Johanna Roth, Luis Schöffend and Felix Kratzer will bring the soundscape of the far east to life.
Markus Eberhard // Switzerland // 2019 // 05:54 min
Harry’s hair grows and falls out so fast, that he struggles to keep his apartment in order before his lost hair gets out of hand. “Klangschneider” will give Harry a clean cut with their wide range of prerecorded sounds and live instruments.
Alexander Lahl / Jalal Maghout / Mike Plitt // Germany // 2020 // 11:44 min
Full of hope, Luciano and his friend Manuel travel from Mozambique to East Germany to become guest workers there. The young man is terrified to learn that the hyenas of his childhood lurk here too.
Louis Möhrle / Amélie Cochet // Switzerland // 2019 // 06:10 min
A building in which the neighbours only run into one another when taking out the trash. The collection of rubbish sacks in the courtyard threatens to become overwhelming, as the contact between residents sours even further.
Elin Övergaard // Sweden // 2019 // 14:30 min
In a Swedish city, there are plans to open a new home for young, unaccompanied refugees. The municipal authorities have invited the town’s residents to an open meeting to discuss it … The film uses the tumultuous proceedings to raise the issues of normality, readiness to help, polarisation, and solidarity.
Adela Křižovenská // Czech Republic // 2019 // 06:54 min
The Czech state’s approach to caring for children from difficult family backgrounds still bears the mark of the old Communist regime to this day. A report on a childhood in institutional care and a call for reform.
Marleen Valien / Holger Enck / Leopold Pape // Germany // 2018 // 06:06 min
Animation, Experimental, Live Action
Smoking and sporting a pair of shades, a hotdog drifts through the big city, philosophising in authentic film-noir fashion about the meaninglessness of life – for in the end the question is not whether one will be devoured, but by whom.
Sandra Heremans // Belgium, Rwanda // 2018 // 10:31 min
The question of what it would mean to start a film with a black image, develops into a subtle personal essay about the filmmaker’s parents. The story of a Belgian missionary falling in love with a Rwandese girl, blends with what images and colonial history mean to their daughter.
Michal Socha // Poland // 2008 // 05:14 min
Just time to jump under the shower, pull on clothes, put on make-up, and then her date is already at the door. They converse, sip their drinks, dance to heady music and end up in bed. Alas, the consequences of falling in love sometimes seem absurd.
Tétshim Tétshim / Frank Mukunday // Belgium, Congo // 2019 // 10:00 min
Steel, rust, stone and chalk. Image upon image, a green cloud creeps through this reddish brown mining animation. The soils of the DR Congo are rich in raw materials, their extraction drives people relentlessly forward, like a machine. But the profits are collected by others, yesterday and today.
Konradin Kunze // Germany, Tanzania // 2019 // 12:00 min
In Old Moshi, Tanzania, a head is missing. The head is of Chief Meli who fought the German colonial occupation of territory in Kilimanjaro and was executed as a result in 1900. His head is said to have been shipped to Germany at the request of scientists. Until today, Chief Meli's grandson is waiting for it to return.
Bruno Collet // France // 2019 // 12:00 min
For some time now, odd things have been happening in the lives of Louis and Michelle. The world surrounding the artist and his wife appears to be changing. Furniture, objects and individuals decompose or disintegrate for no discernable reason.
Sasha Svirsky // Russia // 2020 // 06:33 min
Animation, Commercial Work
It all started with the idea of two galactic twins who protect the galaxy against the powers of evil. After all the superfluous details have been whittled away, all that remains is an undefined form and the desperate attempt to entertain the audience.
Christoph Hertel // Germany // 2019 // 19:06 min
Boring, stuck in a rut, small town life at the foot of a dam gurgles away aimlessly. Even when the structure starts to exhibit first little cracks, the community can’t be stirred from their drab routine.
Onyeka Igwe // England, Nigeria // 2020 // 05:54 min
The former Nigerian Film Unit building was one of the first self-directed outposts of the British visual propaganda engine, the Colonial Film Unit, stands empty on Ikoyi Road, Lagos, in the shadow of today’s Nigerian Film Corporation building. This is an exploration into the ‘sonic shadows’ that colonial moving images continue to generate.
Grandmas (Directing duo) // England // 2018 // 07:45 min
Because grandma kept recording over the VHS cassettes, Barry cut them up and packed them in bags. Now he sits with said bags before Linda, his former lover, in the hope that their relationship can perhaps still be patched up.
Sophie Le Hire // France, Senegal // 2019 // 06:40 min
Animation, Documentary, Experimental
Road workers’ monotonous movements morph through rhythmic krumping into a symbol of the daily struggle for survival in Dakar, a city that devours the bodies of those that exhaust themselves within.
Bruno Carnide // Portugal, Spain // 2020 // 03:00 min
When the storm is never ending, the visibility close to nonexistent and the air almost unbreathable, one mysterious Silhouette emerges and won’t deviate from its path. In turn, the musical storm will be unleashed by the band “Bantu Nago Jêje”, the wind instruments and percussions of their Brazilian Afrobeat proving just as unstoppable as our protagonist.
Milan BAULARD / Quentin Nory / Laurie Estampes / Flore Dupont / Ismaïl BERRAHMA / Hugo Potin // France // 2019 // 06:47 min
The nearing winter covers a lake with a thick layer of ice, cutting off a Heron from its only food source. Now the bird needs to improvise. In order to recreate the atmosphere of the ice landscape, "Duvnjak & Franqué" work their way deep into it with a piano and four hands.
Sebastien Petretti // Belgium // 2017 // 05:34 min
This is the story of two young guys without any trouble who just want to « screw » without being disturbed.« State of Emergency motherfucker» is a surrealistic comedy that depicts a society where police violence and invasion of privacy are daily routine, normal, tedious.
Johannes Bachmann // Switzerland // 2018 // 25:00 min
Sybille, a headmistress and politician, is in the middle of an election campaign for municipal council president in her Swiss village when her son is accused by a classmate of mistreating her. Sybille has to choose between morality and career. Either way, her reputation in the community is at stake!
Tamás Rebák // Hungary // 2019 // 07:43 min
An interstellar explorer awakens on a strange planet. While searching for his spaceship, he notices he is being chased by a dangerous creature. Extraterrestrial vibes are provided by the doom noise metal duo “Catenation” by means of old cassette recorders, musical instruments and tools.
Laurence Attali // France, Senegal // 2019 // 26:03 min
Dakar, a few days before the feast of Tabaski, a painter is shut away in his studio, working on the theme of the ritual sacrifice of the ram. The red paint drips from the sketches hanging on clotheslines. An inscription on the wall: "Tabaski, who's next?". Three characters and a sheep revolve around him and reconnect him with reality.
Vasilis Kekatos // Greece, France // 2019 // 09:00 min
Night, national road. Two strangers meet for the first time at an old gas station. One has stopped to gas up his bike, while the other is just stranded. Lacking the 22.50EUR he needs to get home, he will try to sell him the distance that separates them from the sky.
Binghan Lin / Chuer Qin // China // 2020 // 20:00 min
On the snow-covered prairie of Xinjiang, Kazakh shepherds are stalked and photographed by groups of tourists on a daily basis. Nevertheless, a young professional photographer decides to try his luck too.
Beijing Normal University and Hong Kong Baptist University Untied College - City: Zhuhai
Trixie Munyama // Namibia // 2020 // 05:08 min
The Mourning Citizen is an extension of The Mourning, an original body of work conceptualised by Trixie Munyama in 2016. This time around, the work interrogates the underlay of the genocide as a historical focal point which continues to haunt our present.
This performance art is an onsite collaboration between various Namibian artists with an immersive artistic intervention featuring visuals, soundscapes and performance art, bringing a personal experience as the audience becomes part of the performance. For the “Latitude” festival, Trixie Munyama and her artistic companions convert the work into a digital format.
(by Trixie Munyama)
In the short film walk only the opening sequence from "The Mourning Citizen" by Trixie Munyama will be shown, the full film & performance art can be found online at Latitude Festival by Goethe-Institut (https://youtu.be/kYmE0smS-Og).
Photo: (c) Andreas Elifas
Mark Roberts / Minna Rainio // Finland, Germany, Italy // 2020 // 20:00 min
Documentary, Live Action
In the future, the relationship between humans and non-human species is not based on exploitation and the ibis has not gone extinct. But whether we will make it to live in this future is still up in the air.
Xavier Beauchesne-Rondeau // Canada // 2019 // 09:20 min
After his daughter has an allegedly traumatic encounter with a man with Arab roots, a father decides to organise a neighbourhood watch patrol. At the same time, POC Blaise moves into his new apartment across the way.
Jyoti Mistry // Austria, South Africa // 2017 // 10:00 min
A double-screen work on violence and freedom. The ‘alphabet of violence’ stands next to the vision of the potential, possibility, aspirations and ambitions of a future where the value of the Black man in society is revitalised through a lexicon of freedom.
Baloji Tshiani // Belgium, Congo // 2019 // 14:00 min
Experimental, Live Action
A journey between hope and dystopia in a hallucinated Kinshasa, from the culture of the hair salon to a futuristic clubbing, from the urban parade to the glory of a dictator in an election campaign to a modern western.
A musical trip through glittery underground worlds and colourful Kinhsasa streets, as well as a comment on the omnipresence of mobile phones in people's everyday lives.